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When asked by his new teacher at the start of the school year “What’s your favorite thing to do at home, Eli?”, my 7 year old son immediately responded “Play video games!”
It’s true; Eli is a bit of fanatic when it come to gaming. No matter the gaming platform, he loves to explore new games and tackle virtual adventures and challenges.
We were recently sent Petz Beach – a new video game just release by Ubisoft for the Nintendo 3DS – for review, and Eli sat me down last night to show me the ropes.
Eli’s pet is an adorable beagle named Woofe7 (I have no idea how he chose the name, but I find it amusing). While I watched, Eli had his beagle run through the beach-side village, visiting with a variety of townspeople in the different buildings there.
He showed me how to ask for and complete a “quest,” which mainly included making a delivery of a package to someone else in the village. In taking on these quests, Eli had to remember who had asked him to make the delivery, to whom he needed to deliver the package, and then return and report that the delivery had been completed. What a great exercise in remembering and completing tasks! And for each quest completed, he was rewarded with tokens, which he showed me how to use in the different stores within Petz Beach.
During his game last night, he earned enough to purchase a cute blue bandanna for his dog (which you can see in the screenshot below).
I noticed that in between different points of the game, an animal fact would pop up on the screen. I thought it was very cool that through its partnership with Encyclopaedia Britannica, Petz Beach incorporates learning along the way.
I asked Eli several questions about Petz Beach, and from his feedback, I understood that:
- the maneuvering and game play were much like other games he has played, and he liked that familiarity,
- he likes being able to “meet” new people and pets in the game,
- he likes being able to explore the village,
- he likes being able to complete quests,
- and although the game started out easy, it has gotten more challenging as he’s been playing, which he likes.
Eli is still new to the game, but he’s looking forward to adopting more pets as he goes. With more than 50 different types of animals in the game from dogs and cats, to dolphins and whales, he’ll have a lot to choose from! And since the environment in game changes with the seasons, there will always be something new to see and do.
We also haven’t had a chance to connect with other Petz Beach players, but we explored a bit of that capability last night, and Eli is excited to try it.
Petz Beach and Petz Countryside (which was also just released for Nintendo 3DS by Ubisoft) are the newest games in a franchise that has sold over 23 million units worldwide. My son has enjoyed the imaginative, interact play, and I like that they are rated E for Everyone.
In time for the holidays, you can now purchase Petz Beach on Amazon.com.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.