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.
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?