Excerpt: When I heard about Fantastic Pets I instantly wanted to compare it to Kinectimals. On the surface it is similar, but under the hood it is drastically different. We are allowed to play with cats, dogs, ponies, and lizards. Lizards? Yes lizards. It will make more sense later. Just trust me. Have I ever lead ya'll astray?
Conclusion: None of which is likely to trouble your average child of course, but that doesn’t make Fantastic Pets’ general lack of playable content any less forgivable. What’s there is decent enough for the genre and certainly as technically accomplished as any Kinect title aimed at kids would ever need to be, but without any strong hooks to keep people coming back it could well end up as just another fad - much like the majority of other content for the all-seeing camera.
Conclusion: It's nowhere near as good as Kinectimals on any of these fronts, but it's not a complete disaster. Some Kinect games are literally unplayable, and this isn't one of them. As for the full 1000 (or 1250 as it is now including DLC). There will be much grinding and spamming the offline date of your Xbox, so expect to put in a bit of work to achieve your goal.
Kinect-enabled sim brings pets into the living room.
Common Sense Media
31 July 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Fantastic Pets is a pet simulation that uses gesture-based controls and voice commands and requires the Xbox 360's Kinect motion capture camera to play. There's no coarse language or offensive material whatsoever, but players should be aware of their real-world surroundings while playing some of the more physical mini-games.
Excerpt: As the Xbox Kinect evolves from a peripheral of promise to one that actually delivers, fewer buzz terms are getting thrown around describing the experience. So when THQ used “augmented reality” to describe the gameplay of Fantastic Pets for Xbox Kinect, I was both intrigued and skeptical. On one hand, using a buzz term is often a gimmick to hide other shortcomings, but in some instances it’s the only way to communicate a new mechanic.
Excerpt: We’ll settle the matter right away: Fantastic Pets is no Kinectimals. Unlike its cuter counterpart, Pets eschews any facade of being plot-driven in favor of giving you lots of time with your animal companion — in the (messy) comfort of your own home, no less. Pets’ main screen uses the image of your Kinect play-area and inserts your pet into it.
Pros: + Focus on spending time with your pet creates a solid bond., + Customizing your pet can be somewhat diverting.
Cons: - Middling graphics, lack of gameplay depth, and shallow plot shorten the entertainment value quickly., ? Dr. Menagerie sounds just like that British dude from Assassin’s Creed II, yes?
Summary: Fantastic Pets je určitě zajímavou hrou pro Kinect a pokud máte doma malé děti, nemáte co řešit. Budou se u ní hodně bavit a navíc u ní stráví spoustu hodin. Pro dospělého hráče tato hra moc není, ale to neznamená, že se nenajde někdo, komu se bude líbit. Je jen škoda několika menších detailů, které se nepovedly odchytit, protože hra by tak získala asi ještě o bodík více. Také zamrzí absence lokalizace, když je určena převážně pro děti. I ta sedmička ji ale sluší.