Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Littlest Pet Shop 3: Biggest Stars (Product Review)

From time to time I am offered products for review. I was not paid for this review, this is my opinion of the product and the results from the experiences of my own children who tried out the game LITTLEST PET SHOP 3: BIGGEST STARS for review.

In LITTLEST PET SHOP 3: BIGGEST STARS, a group of cutesy animal friends have a chance to compete on a big TV dance show and become famous like their idols. You get to control several different pets over the course of the game, with the ability to name them and customize their looks at the hair salon and accessories shop.  We all know kids LOVE that! Much like the webkin phenominon. You'll play through several missions that require you to help out friends and gather ingredients that can be used to make snacks (which can be fed to your pets) or fabrics (which can be used to create new clothes for the critters). There's quite a bit of variety in these missions, all of which surround the central rhythm game that simulates the dance competition.
There's a great deal of variety in Littlest Pet Shop 3: Biggest Stars, and some very nice customization options. None of the missions pose much of a actual challenge, but most Littlest Pet Shop fans probably aren't looking for a video game that will test their reflexes or their puzzle-solving prowess. They probably want a ride similar to that of Webkins online games. The LPS3 game serves its purpose in providing kids who love these cute toys an opportunity to have a bit of fun interacting with the characters. Players can roam freely around the game world and take it all at their own pace, but the central objective-based storyline will always be there to keep them moving on and never getting stuck with a "what next?" moment. The format is definitely the right way to go for a game like this. My only complaint is probably great marketing by the games maker; the developers of this game made three different versions, each with its own exclusive characters. This may send the message to kids that they need to get all three editions.  Irritating and costly to parents. The game itself is a generally inoffensive, fun-loving romp about animals that want to get onto an American Idol-like TV show. Parents should be aware that the storyline is centered around seeking fame and the plot's already-famous characters are idolized. This game will open the door for parents to ask the questions: Are celebrities better than non-famous people in any ways? Would getting on TV really make you happy?

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