Monday, June 16, 2008

Go Pets is great for the entire family.


Its super difficult these days to find a console game that is truly family friendly. Go Pets is unique in the fact that its 1 part virtual pet, 1 part mini games, 1 part social networking game all wrapped into a totally child friendly atmosphere that will leave any mother with a fuzzy feeling.

Based on an kids online networking site GoPets.net, GoPets Vacation Island for Nintendo DS offers an even more controlled enviorment for your child to play, socialize, and trade items to friends.

Initially you can choose between a Dog or a Cat through a series of questions. There is a super secret way to get a Pony Pet but honestly I haven't figured it out yet! Once you've got your pet you can then customize your pet in any color/pattern you wish and your ready to start accessorizing. As you play the game you collect new accessories, decorations and the ability to make food items. All along you have the opportunity to meet other pets and talk to their owners using graphical messages called IKUs. It makes it a bit challenging to actually talk to another player though once you get the hang of it its fun and even funny at times. I think I actually sent some poor person an IKU on more than one occasion that made absolutely no sense.. ah well.

There is a TON of stuff to do on GoPets island, from collecting items, cooking, and TONS and I do mean TONS of mini games its a bit hard to get bored and honestly I found something new every single time I turn the game on.

If you have WiFi access you can interact with other GoPets Vacation Island owners from all over the world. Mom's if your worried about your child chatting with strangers.. I will tell you its nearly impossible to have a conversation that would be dangerous to your child in the graphical IKU language.

This review was sponsored by GoPets Vacation Island and MomCentral!

GoPets sent me a really super cute GoPets Black Cat Plush to give away to one reader!

To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Go check out GoPets Vacation Island and tell me what you think you might like best about this game!
  • No "i want to win" stuff without a little effort (and I do mean little!)
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    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end June 23th at midnight!

100 Comments:

mannequin said...

Oh... I think my son would like the fact that your pet can have their very own interests and personality. Not just a blanket DOG or CAT.
All little boys dream of having a dog and when they dream, they dream specifics. This way, they can create their very own dream dog!

one6ylady said...

The program look like it will appeal to my daughter because of the high level of interaction involved in socializing and caring for her pet. She love Sims and Animal Farm and Harvest Moon, so she would love this game too. What's even better is that she has always wanted a cat, but we can't have on because my son and I are both allergic to them, so if I win she can have her cat, and if I don't win I have an idea for something to get her for Christmas. Thanks!

louiseb130 said...

Looks like a great game for a family of animal lovers!

mverno said...

i like it all

Anonymous said...

kitti

susan1215 said...

I like how you can create, raise and train your cat or dog.

gkstratos said...

Think my kids would love this game, especially the design aspect. Being able to select if your pet has spots, stripes, etc., is very cool.
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gkstratos said...

...also a subscriber. Thanks!

MinnieRacer88 said...

I know my daughter would love selecting an animal and laying this game. She just loves the pets games.

soha said...

I like the feature where you ca create your own pet and share it with others online.

samsakara said...

I love that there is a online community! I also find it neat that you can send food and items to your friends. My daughter would love this game.

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janetfaye said...

I like the extensive item customization tools the best.

Hil'Lesha said...

This game is absolutely fun. Nintendo never disappoints. :)

peg42 said...

What an adorable game. I know that all my kids would love this. I love that you get to create your own pet, either cat or dog. That you train it and teach it and that you can interact with others on the internet. Really cute. My kids would love this.
Thanks for this giveaway and please enter me.

agordon10 said...

i love the virtual pet games, i like customizing them.

-tnchick- said...

The simple fact that you can create your own cat or dog is the number one reason I'd buy this game for my child. Plus, I've heard great reviews for it. My pet loving children would enjoy it.

-tnchick- said...

P.S. I'm sub'd to your RSS feed via bloglines. Thanks for the extra chance.

Mary512 said...

The cat character is so cute! Great giveaway, thanks!

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Missy said...

My little girls and I love animals (especially Kittys) so I think we would really enjoy this game. Thanks so much for this fun giveaway!

Anonymous said...

This would be fun to make your own pet and play the variety of all the games.

Platt
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Naomi said...

I love kitties! I wish I had a DS to try this game on, it sounds very cute.

Meredith said...

It's on sale too! This sounds like a great creative game! I would love to design my own perfect pet too! And then sharing it online and seeing what others have come up with sounds like great fun for all ages.

gunzie said...

See I'm the mom and would love to win this for my kids. I know in this game you can adopt animals, play all kinds of mini-games. Both my older kids love animals and they would go bananas if I won this for them. I'm so glad that among all these violent games that are out there, there still are innocent fun games to play!
Thanks for the great giveaway!
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mannequin said...

You are in my sidebar!

Scrappy Do said...

Would love to own this!

sweetsue said...

This sounds like a fun game for my 7 year old grandson. I like the fact that they can choose either a dog or a cat and design what it looks like.

Mama Zen said...

I think it's amazing that the pet you create will have a personality!

Stacy said...

Ok, this game ROCKS! I must have it for my 5 year old....She loves making little animals and people on her DS. yes. She's had a DS since she was 3, is that a problem? lol

jennem said...

I like that you can design items to send and trade. That sounds really fun.

blueviolet said...

I like that you can customize personality and tastes. It sounds really fun!
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Shelly said...

I like being able to dress up the pet!

mogrill said...

I like that this game is family friendly and that kids can play with eachother!

kygirl said...

I think I would like it because both the kids could enjoy this game.

Kari said...

Well the graphics look fun and cartoony, and the dogs are so cute. I know my kids would love this as their favorite games are the nintendogs ones - thank you!!

jenny said...

wow cute i love to try and win this thanks

Betsy said...

My daughter would love to create her own dog and give it a personality!

Betsy said...

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LINDALSHOT said...

I think it's a great way to get the youngsters on the computer with something that really holds their interest. And, it's simple enough for them to get the hang of it pretty quickly.

Sharon said...

I love that this is a great game for kids, that parents will enjoy as well...how fun...there is simply not enough games like there out there and am this looks like a great one...thanks for great contest!

Cuddle Cottage said...

I like that the child can create her own unique cat or dog.

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momof4girls said...

My girls love Nintendogs and all play with their DS's constantly! They would be thrilled to have another virtual pet game. They have no doggies in real life!!

Molly C. said...

I like the fact that you can chat with other players, but that it is a safe chat, with pictures.

windycindy said...

The first idea I like behind this game is the creativity and self-confidence it could build. Choosing between the cat and dog, then giving it the traits that you want it to have! Also, the online game playing sounds fun as long as it is safe. Please enter me in your drawing. Thank you, Cindi
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Teresa said...

I love that you can design the way your pet looks!How great is that!?

littlelatina said...

I like that it is so kid friendly without losing it's fun factor

~Amanda~ said...

I love that you can make you own pet then connect with other people on the internet that is cool! My Daughter would just love that she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up! Thanks

~Amanda~ said...

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Anna said...

I think this is something both kids and adults alike would enjoy. I like how you can customize your pet.

paula h said...

You can give your pet it's own personality which is cool.

Ginny said...

I like that you can customize your pet.

stampedwithgrace said...

I like how you can create your own pet and train it!

noreen said...

I like that you can Dress up your pet. My girls would love that since they dress their 'pets' (stuffed animals) all of the time. Plus I think the game would be simple enough that my girls could play it with or with out me.

jsc123 said...

The fact that you can customize your pet;features, personality etc. is great but I think that the best feature is the fact that you can also use it and interact with it using the Wii. Which makes it a definite plus in this house.
Thank you so much for offering this wonderful giveaway.
I would LOVE to win !!

Anonymous said...

My children are obsessed with Webkinz, and this seems like it may be somewhat similar. They'd enjoy customizing their pet and taking care of it.
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camper223 said...

My 2 grandsons are into games where my 12 year old and 16 year old play once in a while. We are making some long car rides this summer so need to keep people occupied. We just adopted a dog so this would be a game they would be interested in. I like the fact that you can do the wifi connection to share your animals that way my children and grandchildren can be involved.
My children love the games like zoo tycoon, rollor coaster tycoon which this game seems similar to them. Also this is a game I wouldn't mind having my children play. My children strive at getting good grades 3.65 and 4.0 gpa, both are taking class's online this summer to advance in next years class's at school and with sports and band I feel they need to relax a little so this game would be a nice relaxing entertainment for them. Thank you for the chance to win a game for them.

- Marybeth I. said...

My daughter would LOVE this! She is obsessed with pets, the computer and her DS. What a great game.

Laura said...

Create, raise and train your cat or dog is so cool.

mom2gabnnat said...

I love the whole virtual pet idea - you get to choose your pet and personality, dress it up, etc.

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Leigh said...

the assortment of the minigames on the game would interest my kids, and they love games like Animal Crossing, so this would be right up their alley. Esp when you can get a horse after moving up from cats and dogs!

bison61 said...

this sounds like fun-the kids would love training and dressing up their pet dog or cat

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yellowlabs said...

I like that you can customize your pet!

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Missee22 said...

My 9 year old just got a DS for her bday and her fave games are the ones with animals, oh and cooking mama 2. We'd love this!!
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Anonymous said...

With my kids allergies....this is a perfect way for them to have a pet!

pitaharmon said...

I like this because it sounds easy and fun. My younger daughter tries to play my older daughter's Nintendogz and she gets upset because she "can't do it" (neither can I so we are always "ruining" my older daughter's game!!!) This game sounds like it would be perfect for her.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great game. My girl loves nintendogs, I am sure she will love this one too. i like the fact she can make her pet the way she wants!
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Sue Farrell said...

I like that it is all about pets--maybe I could get an idea after watching my child play is he is ready for a real pet and what kind he would like.

jaydonco1 said...

I like that you can personalize the traits of your pets and that you can make friends around the world, no matter what languages you all speak!

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cstironkat said...

I so glad you can chat with kids all around the world. That is too cool. Thank you for a great giveaway.

calgirl said...

I like that you can share your pets with others and enjoy fast-paced mini-games

Anonymous said...

I love that my children can have an international social network with other kids that shares her love for pets!

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Jeannie said...

I LOVE cats and so i would really like to win this!
Thanks!
Jeannie
adamsmom711@yahoo.com

Annemarie said...

You can create your own pet and play games. This is a must for all animal lovers.

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carissaad said...

I like that you can play with others online. Thanks!

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carissaad said...

I'm a subscriber.

Anonymous said...

My kids can create their own perfect little pet, just the way they want it! Have it their way!

stevie
skimonkey23505
at yahoo dot com

Helen said...

I really like that you can go online to share your pets and that you can create a personality for your pet!

Jinxy & Me said...

I love real pets and virual pets look fun too!

barbarabaker said...

I think I like the fact that you can create your own cat or dog...that is so cool, especially for little kids. For christmas this past year our neighbor bought both my girls an Epet and to this day they still get on the My e pets website to play games...this would be so much better for them because it is a game on our computer rather than getting them on the internet to play.

Great giveaway!!!

robt6 said...

My granddaughter would love this, enter me.

rangrace said...

Well I'd have to say being able to create which cat or dog you want is so Great. Please enter me I have a thing for black kittys, just love them. Our mac cat died some 6 years ago and we still miss him so so so much and he was our last black kitty

chromiumman said...

looks like it would be fun for animal lovers

Heather Curtis said...

This game looks like a lot of fun and completely adorable. I think I'd enjoy doing the customizing more than anything!

purango said...

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klp1965 said...

THIS SEEMS LIKE A GREAT CONCEPT CREATING YOUR OWN PET..NO MESSY CLEANUP ;)

Jayme Isaacs said...

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Brooke said...

I love how the kids learn how to tend to pets.

lisawonbig said...

I like that you can watch as your pet develops its own personality. (Of course, I also love the fact that this is not violent, as all too many games are today.)

Jessilyn82 said...

It looks really fun and easy to play, my nieces love any games involving animals and this one seems like it lets kids get creative

nknk said...

Sounds like fun game, I like that you can make friends with other pet owners! Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

The positive for this game is that it allows for responsibility and role playing through positive playtime. How GREAT!!!!!!

Heather said...

I love the wifi party mode. What a great idea that was! I also like the idea of giving each pet a personality, just like in real life. :-)

donna444444 said...

This would be great for the new Nintendo DS. I like the way you can customize the pet.

Virtual Pet Adoption info said...

Thanks, interesting post.

How to adopt a virual pet said...

Really, interesting.

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