My boys love Zhu Zhu Pets as demonstrated by all the Zhu Zhu Pets and accessories they have at my parents’ house. They also love their (my) Nintendo Wii, so we take a look at the game from Activision that gives us some Zhu Zhu pets to control with the Wii.
Think casual gamer with kids, and you will be on the right path to understanding the appeal of the game. See, while you may have Mario and Luigi in for your side scrolling action in the New Super Mario Bros. Wii, you tend to introduce a bit of frustration to the younger crowd. There is something to be said about making a game challenging enough for adults and fun enough for kids; usually what this really means is a 4- and 6-year-old will get to their breaking point with a game like Mario Brothers. Not that they don’t like it, but they will come to a spot that they will just get stuck at. This is where Zhu Zhu Pets shines. My boys actually completed the game. Yes, over the course of some days, they actually finished all the levels. Now did they complete them with all the bells and whistles? No, but in my house I had two kids that love Zhu Zhu Pets and have a sense of accomplishment. You know what else? After they completed it with two of the characters, they created two more saved games (you can have three), each one with different Zhu Zhu Pets. They enjoyed the game that much, which meant they felt the game had replayability, a word they don’t know yet but just learned. The cooperative multiplayer was just perfect for the two of them, no frustration, but at the same time it wasn’t super easy; they worked a bit and got rewarded. Plus something that I never thought would happen: I did not hear them argue at all during multiplayer, just laughing. Amazing.
There were some things that the boys made sure to tell me about while they were playing the game. The power-ups they loved; with Jump Suit and Vaccuum Suit that sucks up all the coins and carrots on the screen, they loved the power-ups. Also what they called the racing levels, where they both got to drive around in a car or boat–they were looking forward to those on each level.
If your child is into Zhu Zhu Pets or you are just looking for a kid friendly game (with co-op) with no violence that is not too frustrating for them, Zhu Zhu Pets Featuring the Wild Bunch is a great choice.
ZhuZhu Pets™: Featuring The Wild Bunch features all new super cute action with fun and furry pals. Fans will get to care for and play with all of their new Wild Bunch friends plus the original ZhuZhu hamsters. ZhuZhu Pets™: Featuring The Wild Bunch features an expanded Zhu-niverse and new, action packed sidescrolling gameplay. On Wii™, multiplayer will allow families and friends to pick up and play together.
The initial release of ZhuZhu Pets™: Featuring The Wild Bunch will come packaged as a Collector’s Edition with an exclusive cute and cuddly chipmunk, Nutters. This limited edition version of the game will be available on Nintendo DS™ for $34.99 MSRP and Wii™ for $39.99 MSRP.
“ZhuZhu Pets™’ success continues to snowball and it’s been a thrill adapting this property into videogames,” said David Oxford at Activision Publishing. Gary Miller, President, GameMill Publishing, stated, “The toy’s passionate fans will love the fresh direction we’ve taken in ZhuZhu Pets™: Featuring The Wild Bunch, and it’s fantastic that Wii™ owners can now join in the fun!”
“ZhuZhu Pets™: Featuring The Wild Bunch captures the imagination of those who adore our brand,” said Natalie Hornsby, Vice President of Marketing, Cepia, LLC. “This game is an important next step for us as we continue to evolve the ZhuZhu Pets™ experience.”
ZhuZhu Pets™: Featuring The Wild Bunch can currently be seen on the Zhuniverse Tour stopping in cities all over the country. Tour attendees will be among the first to get their hands on ZhuZhu Pets™: Featuring The Wild Bunch for Nintendo DS™ and Wii™. Please visit www.thezhuniversetour.com for more information.
Note: Product provide for review by Activision. Also I saw it listed as ZhuZhu and Zhu Zhu on the official site, so I decided to go with Zhu Zhu; someone can correct me if I am wrong. Yes, I understand the game itself does not have a space.