That time I tried Watermelon PopTarts…

Ok, first, let me say this is not a sponsored post. I bought these with my own money, because I was genuinely curious about these. I am in no way affiliated with Kellogg’s or PopTart, received no compensation from anyone, and all these opinions are my own.

I love watermelon. It’s my absolute favorite flavor in so many situations. Watermelon sorbet? YES. Watermelon cupcakes? YES. Watermelon lemonade? YES. I love all these things. They’re amazing and I could consume my weight in them. I also just love eating watermelon, too. Of course.

So while out shopping with my brother one weekend, we saw some new limited edition PopTart flavors. Chocolate caramel, Maple Bacon, and Watermelon. My only prior experience with limited edition PopTarts, that I can remember, are the pumpkin pie seasonal ones. They aren’t bad, definitely need toasted. It’s not pumpkin spice, for sure, which was great. But it was like a little pocket pumpkin pie — which was what I wanted. Anyway, when I was shopping recently at my local discount grocery store, I noticed they had actual Kellogg’s PopTarts (not just their own store brand). And low and behold they had the Watermelon ones. (And also the chocolate caramel, but I wasn’t as interested in those. Sadly no maple bacon.) So I bought a box.

PopTarts Watermelon flavor

I figure, if I’m going to try these, why not document it. (And apparently document it early morning without make up and some crazy hair I attempted to hide behind a headband… because yolo?)

PopTarts Watermelon

I mean, these ones look fun. Ignore the brokenness of them, because I may have dropped the box at least once while trying to put my groceries away. But anyway. Bright pink and green. Almost like the 90s painted themselves all over my breakfast. And it’s a lot more vibrant and 90s looking in person, don’t let the lighting in the photo fool you. They’re pretty much on par for the color on the box.

Anyway. Frankly, as much as I love watermelon, I was super nervous. I don’t like fruit-flavored PopTarts. I never have. Give me s’mores or chocolate fudge or my all-time favorite: frosted brown sugar cinnamon. But any of the fruity ones? Gag. No. I cannot stand them.

Watermelon PopTart taste test

Preparing for that first bite… what did I get myself into? Is this going to be terrible? Is this going to be my absolute favorite thing ever?

Watermelon PopTart first bite

As you can see, I’m still not sure what I just put in my mouth.

Watermelon PopTart taste test

Is this really bad? Is it ok? It kind of tastes like watermelon. Maybe I need a bigger bite…

Watermelon PopTart taste test

What did I do? Why did I take such a big bite?!

Watermelon PopTart Taste Test

Overall, yeah, they kind of taste like watermelon. And for sure they leave a watermelon aftertaste. But… I don’t know. Something is just off. Almost like it’s too sweet for watermelon. Which, I mean, I like watermelon lemonade which is also sweet. But it’s sour. There’s a balance. With the PopTarts… I don’t know. I think it’s still just I hate fruit-flavored PopTarts and that’s just never going to change. Maybe if they make a fig one. Because it’ll essentially be a giant newton.

The thing is though. Even though I wasn’t really a fan of the watermelon PopTarts… I kind of want to keep eating them. And I have no idea why.

Let me know if you try this and what your reaction is. Also, if you’d like me to try the Maple Bacon and review it online — would you want more awkward photos in a blog review, a short instagram video review, or an actual youtube review? Or should I just enjoy my poptarts in the privacy of my own home?

Hold on to your butts! – LEGO Jurassic World review

If you’ll remember, LEGO City: Undercover holds a special place in my heart. It’s also one of the few games I’ve ever 100%-ed. Though, yeah, the 3DS version isn’t as good because you loose the witty banter. And the script really makes the game. Anyway. LCU is what sold me on the LEGO video games. I tried LEGO Lord of the Rings, and was really excited about it… but… well, it’s a Wii game and not a Wii U game and yes there is a difference. I’m not so fond of the Wii menu interface on the Wii U. So, well, I sort of gave up on the game pretty early into it.

There have been a number of LEGO games that have come out since LCU, ones that have definitely caught my eye… but I never budgeted for them. But when I heard that TT Games & LEGO were putting out a Jurassic World game? I knew I had to find a way to get my hands on it. I mean, just check out the trailer!

(Also, for an actual gameplay trailer, you should watch this one.)

Anyway. I’ve had the game for over a week, logged roughly 19.5 hours, and completed the entire storyline mode. I spent 11 hours just on the story — which covers all 4 Jurassic movies. And after completing all of them, I was just over 34% done with the game. My guess is that if you don’t accidentally miss stuff, you might be about 35-36% done after the storyline… but yeah. The scripted part following the plot of the movies is only a small part of the game.

Lego Jurassic World Storyline Complete

Now, after LCU, this was not surprising to me. I think after you finished the story in that you were only about 40% done with the game, so this was par for the course.

Ok. So the rest of this review will have spoilers. So if you want any sort of surprise with the game, just move along and come back when you finish. I won’t mind, I promise.

The games follow fairly well with the movies. Some things were cut for time, and others were changed for various other reasons. One of the things that had me curious was how to deal with this whole obvious “dinosaurs eat man” issue. If you’ve seen the movies — even just one — you know that the dinos chow down on a couple of people. LEGO games, however, are the opposite of this. There is no blood or death, really, in the LEGO world. Sure, things bust apart, but it’s a very kid-friendly universe. I think, if memory serves, there’s only once or twice in this game that it’s hinted that people are eaten. For the most part, they’ve reworked this so it still remains a very kid-friendly game. So maybe your kid or younger sibling isn’t ready for the big screen dinos, but still interested in playing around as one, this game would be a perfect fit.

While knowing the movies’ plots does help some — it mostly just lets you know what to sort of expect. However, I will say that I have actually not yet seen Jurassic World… I’ve been lazy when it comes to getting out to the theater. Rather than wait until I could finally see it, I decided to go ahead and play through that part of the game. It spoiled maybe a couple things for me, but by this point the internet’s done enough of that anyway.

Since you’re playing through 4 movies, there’s a pretty big cast of characters that you’re going to interact with. One thing that I was pleasantly surprised with was that a good number of the actors from the movies voiced their characters in the game. Some stuff was definitely taken directly from the movies, but in general it was a nice touch. As is typical with the LEGO games, the different characters have different skills. Only certain people can deal with bones, only certain others can do the acrobatics (which, omg gender stereotypes), and only certain ones can shoot or throw things. One nice thing, once you’re in the free play, you can take any character from any movie and play any level. So if you want Jurassic World’s Owen Grady with Jurassic Park’s Ian Malcolm (in his torn shirt “survivor” mode), then you can have it.

Lego Jurassic World Owen & Ian

If you noticed, there’s a hexagon up in the top right — local 2-player option. So you can play with a friend or just switch between the two on your own. I haven’t tried the 2-player mode, but apparently it does a split screen. Otherwise, what’s on the screen can be mirrored on the gamepad, which is typically how I prefer to play. Which also means a single player can do off-tv play and let someone else watch something on the tv while they’re playing — or you know, marathon the movies while you’re playing. If you want to double up on your dinosaur mania.

Lego Jurassic World TRex and Jeff Goldblum

And one thing that I found out… since some characters have different variations, you can make your playable characters all different variations of that one character. So, I mean, how could you not just make everyone Jeff Goldblum? Also, if you notice in that picture… you can play as dinosaurs. And like the people, each dinosaur has their own special traits. Like other LEGO games, you can customize your minifig people and also the dinosaurs. I’ve yet to reach this part of the game but I am super excited to play Henry Wu and make my own dinosaurs. Some of the dinosaur play in built into the storyline, the rest can be done whenever you want in free play — or almost whenever you want. Some dinosaurs can’t go into certain areas. That’s just how it is.

Anyway. I’m completely sold on this game. I can definitely tell that I’ll want to 100% this game. It’s just too much fun and I’ll be sad when it’s done. But that’s what other safe files are for, right?

Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!

(Maybe having too much fun making Firefly references…)

*Yes, the links to Amazon are affiliate links. Though I have (had?) an affiliation with Nintendo, I purchased this game myself and of course all view points are my own.

Nintendo Enthused: how Chase McCain won my heart and completely absorbed me into the world of Lego City.

Guys. I have a new obsession. And I’m not the only one caught in its grips.

I am absolutely in love with the new Lego City: Undercover game for the Wii U.

I let the game sit for a couple weeks when it first arrived.  I knew I wanted to play it, but wasn’t ready to start a new game just yet. So Memorial Day weekend, I finally loaded up the game and sat down to start the adventure. I played for well over 36 hours that weekend. 24 hours just to beat the storyline. Almost any time I was awake, I had the game on. And I still generally play at least 3 nights a week after work after finishing the storyline. That’s just how addicting this game is.

LegoCityUndercoverThe story follows Chase McCain, Lego City cop who’s returned after being exiled. The villan he’d put behind bars previously, Rex Fury, has escaped and McCain’s on the trail to put him behind bars again! Ok, so a lot more goes on that just that. The story is written fairly well, and honestly, there’s some great dialogue in this game.

For one thing, there’s some great references throughout the game, including some of my favorites to the Super Mario franchise. Not really a surprise, given that this is the first Lego title to be published by Nintendo rather than a 3rd party. Also, one of my favorite characters was one that insisted he was not Morgan Freeman.

Speaking of characters, you’ve got 8 main character types to play as, each with their own special skills. Civilian, Police, Robber, Miner, Astronaut, Farmer, Firefighter, and Construction Worker. Now that I’ve beat the main story, I going through and unlocking the remander of the characters and vehicles, and completing all the side missions. I won’t spoil things, but an astronaut riding a pig is totally normal. And as you’ll see below, there’s a lot to keep you occupied in this game.

Screen Shot 2013-06-03 at 9.58.56 AM(photo by Naramsin via Miiverse)

Part of me wishes I would have spent more time doing some of these smaller missions throughout the storyline game play, but since you have to unlock abilities, it pretty much guarantees that you’ll have to go back after finishing. And the Lego City world is huge, so you’ll spend a lot of time running around this open world game. I know there are some downloadable missions through actual Lego City purchases (like, the real life brick sets the game is modeled after), so I might be tempted to do that. Pretty easy to say I’d love for this storyline to continue. (So much so, I’m probably going to get the the prequel on 3DS.)

The gameplay sort of mirrors that of the Grand Theft Auto series, but you’re the good guy and there are no half-naked women for you to abuse. (THANK YOU.) You can however, run over people, luckily citizens of Lego City are mostly use to this. And you can, and should, go around destroying every possible thing you can. There’s something almost cathartic about running around as a miner destroying the city with a pick axe. Also, when you keep a good line of destruction with your vehicle, you can rack up multiplying bonuses for brick collection (see below). You’ll need to collect bricks and studs (basically coins) to purchase new characters and vehicles and complete super builds. With the city rebuilding itself constantly, it’s not too hard to do this.

5x bricks (photo by joshua via Miiverse) 5x bricks (photo by joshua via Miiverse)

Overall, this is a great game. Definitely family friendly, but one adults can appreciate too. Easily one of the best Lego series I’ve tried, and personally, I think it’s a great game to highlight using the gamepad for the Wii U.

I absolutely love it. Even if I sometimes suck at Chicken Gliding. Seriously, it’s a thing. Below was a particularly hard glide for me. Hate admitting it, but I probably spent an hour on this one task.

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But look at that scene. Look at the sunset. THERE IS A FREAKING GLOWING SUNSET AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL. I’m extremely thankful the developers weren’t just “oh, it’s just a Lego game, no need to go in crazy detail…” Just playing this game you can tell a lot of thought went into it.

In fact, so much, that after playing for hours and hours and hours, I now can’t do anything without seeing it in terms of Lego City and bricks. Lego City just has a little bit of everything, and I think that’s what makes it feel a little like home.

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Oh. And beware of sharks. Seriously. That first one scared the crap out of me.

The last two images were my own, taken during game play through the in-game camera.

Nintendo and Brand About Town provided me with this game as a thank you gift for hosting a Wii U party. I was not asked or compensated to write this post, and all opinions are my own.

TLC Book Tour: The First Warm Evening of the Year

The First Warm Evening of the YearThis is my first review with the TLC Book Tours, and well, I’m off to a slow start since I’m not finished with the book yet.

The First Warm Evening of the Year intrigued me at first it’s an adult novel about love: how we experience it and who we choose. I’ve been reading almost nothing but short stories or YA lately, that I thought this would be a nice title to ease back in to the world of adult literature—and I mean adult as in more cerebral, not sexually.

So far I’m having a hard time connecting with the characters and keeping interest in the book. However, not enough so that I’m going to give up on the book. (This also might be due to all the external distractions I’m dealing with. I sort of wish I could be sitting on a nice adirondack chair on a dock, just like the cover, reading this book… That cover is warm and inviting right? And the title? I think that drew me in the most when I requested this one.)

The concept, though, is set up almost idealistically—two people meet due to the death of a mutual friend, and a relationship is formed… Almost feels too fiction-y for me. Do people really fall in love at first site after the death of a friend? Included with the story are notes from the author. Which, yes, I read before starting the book. “I also wanted to use dialogue to advance the plot and the story, as well as show what the characters are thinking and feeling.” And I feel bad for being judge-y  but yeah, that’s what dialogue does and should do. Or rather, dialogue is what people do to each other.

As I said, I’m going to push through the book. I’m also going to give my copy to my mom as I feel like she’s got a broader reading range and might really enjoy this. As of right now, I can’t really recommend for or against the book since I’m middle of the road about it myself. Not a bad book, but I doubt it’ll make my top 10, even after I finish it.

tlc tour hostAs part of the TLC Book Tour I received a copy of this book for free. I was not paid for my review and all opinions and poorly constructed thoughts are indeed my own.

UbiChamps: Just Dance Disney – it’s Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this post. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. #UbiChamps

I am a huge Just Dance fan. And when I got the opportunity to get Just Dance Disney, I knew instantly that this game would be perfect for my niece!

G is 7 now, and she absolutely loves music and dancing. Also being 7 she’s still a big fan of Disney. Now, she won’t get this until Christmas—so this is sort of letting the cat out of the bag, but I’m very trusting of my friends and family that they won’t spill the beans!

It’s got some of the great classic Disney songs, like Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast), Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo (Cinderella), The Bare Necessities (The Jungle Book), and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Mary Poppins). It’s also got music from The Muppet Show, Lilo & Stitch, The Little Mermaid, Aristocats, and even “It’s A Small World” from the theme parks. Now, showing my age, it’s also got a good handful of new music from Disney Channel favorites that I personally wasn’t familiar with: Jessie, A.N.T., Wizards of Waverly Place, High School Musical, and even Hannah Montana. Best song name is from Phineas And Ferb: S.I.M.P. (Squirrels In My Pants). My niece, however, knows all of these.

There are also different game modes, which I’m sure would be a lot of fun in a multiplayer setting. Things like Balloon Pop and Freeze & Shake. Mostly they both involve shaking the wiimote at specific times, and in the case of Freeze & Shake, holding perfectly still when it says to.

Now, there is also a parents screen. This has some options as well as game info such as play tracker, progress, and medals so you can see how you’re kid is doing (and how long—and when—they’ve been playing). Disney Family has even included tips for healthy, active kids.

You can get Just Dance: Disney Party at amazon for Wii or Xbox.

This game seems perfect for kids ages 5-8. The songs are fun. The moves aren’t too complicated, but do progress appropriately. And the songs are more on the shorter side, around 2 minutes each. I know G is going to love it.

Kavalena: Look Good + Do Good

Normally when I buy clothes, I just go for what looks good, is comfortable, and reasonably priced. Like many others, I don’t think too much beyond that.

However, I was recently contacted by a local Chicago store who made it their goal to not only provide clothes that look good, but that do good.

In fact, that’s Kavalena‘s motto: Look Good + Do Good.

With every purchase of their clothing, they help provide the following:
3 meals for a child and their family
1 hour’s worth of clean water for a village
1 hour of aftercare for an individual freed from slavery
1 day of school for a child in Ghana, Africa
1 hour of therapy for orphans with cerebral palsy and autism

Every purchase helps–they only partner with non-profits who use 100% of their donations.

What’s really cool is that Kavalena was started by a 23-year-old Chicago native, Val Nash. “Kavalena is here to do one thing: Provide for the biggest needs in the world.” Her ultimate goal for the company is to provide for people’s needs on every continent and in every country. Their goal for this year is to have built a well by their 1-year anniversary in November. These are huge, but really awesome goals.

I think what I truly love about Kavalena, and Val, is that I see a lot of my sister in this company. She’s got this same heart, and same desire to reach beyond her self, her neighborhood, and go out into the world and do good. Her current life plan involves her becoming a counselor for victims of human trafficking. She’s had this plan since she was 15.

I’ve been wearing the “every day” tank quite a bit. It’s such a nice, lightweight tank that it’s one of the few things that’s been comfortable in this crazy heat wave. I’m actually pretty sure I’ll be ordering some stuff from them as comfy clothes are a must on tour. Plus, I’m pretty sure my little sis will be getting something from them for her upcoming 17th birthday. I know she’ll appreciate all the good the gift is doing.

I was contacted by Kavalena, who offered me a free shirt and I agreed to write about them on the blog. These opinions are mine–and by which, I mean I think what they’re doing is really awesome and I’d support them otherwise.

Kavalena is co-hosting an event with Feed My Starving Children on August 3rd, from 6-7:30pm in Schaumburg to pack meals for children suffering from malnutrition. For more information about how you can help, go to kavalena.com/events.

there are no dance emergencies. (#UbiChamp Just Dance 3 review)

So… a little known fact about me is that I have this secret ambition to be a dancer. It’s sort of a part of my not-so-secret ambition of being a rock star. (You know, more of a rock star than I already am.) But well, I’m actually a little awkwardly shy about dancing.*

Okay, I’m not really shy about dancing at Mucca shows. Mostly because I’ve known them for almost 4 years now… But also because I’m not really dancing as much as bouncing/bopping up and down. And half the time I’m too distracted to really dance about because, hey, it’s Mucca Pazza and they are crazy awesome (heavy on both the crazy and the awesome).

(photo by CB Lindsey)

Anyway. When it comes to me dancing…. DANCE EMERGENCY!**

So when CGC sent me a free copy of Just Dance 3 to review… I was excited. And nervous. But luckily I knew the only people I’d have to subject to my awkward dancing would be my cats, and their silent judgments don’t bother me. (And all I have to do is throw a mousy toy across the room and they’ll be distracted for.. well, a minute. They are cats after all.)

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I WAS THINKING saying yes to this game. Don’t get me wrong. It’s fun. Really fun. But OHEMGEE did that game have me sweating and gyrating and flailing like a crazy lady. Seriously, check out the trailer:

There’s no warm up, you’re just thrown in. So it took me a little bit to get used to it. First thing I learned, wearing fleece pants, fuzzy sock-slippers, and a hoodie… not the smartest move unless you’re seriously looking to sweat off some pounds. Also those fuzzy sock-slippers + wood floors, not a good combination either. Since the Wii really only judges you based on where the Wiimote is, aka, it only cares where one hand is, I slowly only focused on the arm movements and didn’t really bother getting my legs into it much. (Which, if you’ve seen me dance anywhere, I’m one of those “feet planted in the ground for dear life” dancers anyway.)

After about 2 songs I quickly realized why people incorporate this game into their workout routines. It’s something I’m actually considering myself. A nice little workout and hey, maybe I’ll pick up some new moves too.

Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own.

*Unless you add in some liquid encouragement. Drunk girl can dance.
**If you’ve been to a Mucca show, you get this.
***Also, the entire time I played this game I was imagine myself/picturing Jessica (the middle cheerleader in the picture).
****Those two little Asian babies totally dance better than me.
*****Yes, that is an affiliates link for the game.

I just saw this video, and you know for a fact I’ll be downloading this tonight!

Nintendo Enthused: Just call me Tanook-Rini!

Last Thursday was a fun day for me. Not only did I have Reading Band, but I got a called that FedEx had a delivery for me! I love surprise packages. However, waiting all day and evening until I got home–which was around 10-ish, I think–was not easy.

I got giddy, and giggly, when I opened this up. I’ve been overly excited about the new Mario family titles coming to the 3DS. In fact, there were so many that I liked and wanted, that I just sort of lost track of them. (Plus, with my previous unemployment, games weren’t in the budget at all.) So receiving this amazing Super Mario 3D Land package unleashed some sort of bouncy school girl in me.

Now, in case you didn’t know, Brand About Town is simply the best and always send the most awesomest gifts. This one was no exception. Included with my new 3DS game was the mirror shown above, a Mario hat and mustache, and… my very own Tanooki suit hood! (If you follow #NintendoEnthused on twitter, I’m sure you’ve seen a whole horde of us suiting up.)

I’m in love with it. So much that I took it to work with me on Friday. (Which it came in very handy because it’s pretty chilly up there.) I think I’ve worn this, around the house, at least once a day so far. Also, I’ve been playing the game every day since I got it…

… and I’m now in the middle of the last world (World 8). I don’t think I’ve ever gone through a game this quickly. And I’ve been finding all three of the star coins in most levels now. I’m even going back to get ones I’ve missed. I truly hope that there are bonus levels past World 8, because I’m at W8-6 right now, and I’m not ready for it to be over.

I was talking with TOPolk on twitter, and we both agree that Nintendo got it right with this game. It’s not insultingly easy, but it’s not so much of a challenge people just give up. Now, there are nice little boosts Nintendo’s put in there if you are having trouble. Die 5 times in a level? Nintendo gives you a shiny, sparkly, white Invincible Tanooki suit. I’ve definitely used this more than once to get through something that was just getting to be frustrating. However, this suit won’t keep you from just walking/falling off the edge of the world. (Something I’m also familiar with.) Die 10 times? You get a P-Wing Power Up (something you might remember from Super Mario Bros 3–not sure if it’s made an appearance anywhere else). It takes you to the end of the level. I’ve never used it, and it’s only been offered to me once. Sort of reminds me of the Super Donkey Kong on Donkey Kong Country Returns… At least with the Invincible Tanooki suit, you’re still playing the game rather than watching the AI go through it.

This game is amazing. I highly recommend picking it up. Especially if you’re a longtime Mario fan. (I’m also happy Mario Kart 7 is coming out for the 3DS soon.) There’s lots of nice hidden surprises, and this has been one game where I’m actually eagerly trying to find them all rather than just trying to get through everything. And when you add in extra bonuses for StreetPasses, well, the fun never stops. Even if the Princess is never in the f*cking castle.

Fun Fact: The Tanooki suit is based off of a raccoon-dog, commonly known as Tanuki. And well, a lot of people think of the Tanooki suit as a raccoon or fox suit–but it’s not. Tanuki are a different family from the raccoon–though there’s been a lot of debate about how they should be categorized taxonomically… and well, yeah, not foxes. Those would be Kitsune.

Important Facts: The game, hat and Tanooki hood (a Red Wolf hood from Spirit Hoods–completely faux fur, btw) were all a gift from Nintendo and Brand About Town. I did not receive them in return for writing this, nor any type of payment. The opinions here are all my own.

(review) Petz Bunnyz Bunch

Easter is coming up, and I’ve decided to continue my streak of being the coolest Aunt ever.

In fact, I got to be the coolest big sister ever for a bit too.  You all know that I’m a huge Nintendo fan.  Love it.  Well, I’m not the only one in my family.  In the past week, myself and my two youngest sisters got to try out one of Ubisoft’s latest: Petz Bunnyz Bunch.

I’ll admit, this isn’t the first title I’d run out and get for myself.  But the Petz games are on the top of my list for the younger ones in my family.  I’d gotten their Catz game for my niece for Christmas — and she quickly named her first virtual kitty after one of my own cats.

When I told my two youngest sisters — A., age 10, and L., now 8 — that they were going to get to play a bunny game and then get to teach me how to do it… Well, I should have had my camera ready to capture those smiles.  This game incorporates two things they love: video games and pets.  L. is going crazy asking for her very first pet — a gold fish — and so she was more than ready to show how responsible she could be with her virtual bunnies.

Because I wanted my sisters to work on their writing skills some, I had them write out their own little reviews of the game…

A. (10): “What I like about the game is that you get to own bunnies, Play with the bunnies, and do games with the bunnys. What I dislike about the game is you can only have one account.”

L. (8): “Everything was fun. The part I don’t like is you have to unlock the last 3 bunnyz.”

So, like the other games in the Petz series, you pick out your pet, name it, and then take care of it.  You make sure your pet has enough food and water, you can groom the pet, and — the part the girls like the best — you can play games with the pets.  My sisters loved showing me how they got their bunnies through the obstacle course.  The better you do, the more coins you get, and the more stuff you can buy (another thing my sisters really liked).  The controls are all fairly simple.  Most of it is all easy stylus gestures.

While the game isn’t for me, I do want to say that like many other Ubisoft games, it’s still good.  My sisters main complaint was since they were sharing my DSi XL, they couldn’t create two different accounts.  Thus, L. got all the girl bunnies and A. got all the boy ones.  And each set had matching names, like Lolly and Lollie or Lion and Roar, even Cutey and Cutie.  They teamed up pretty well to play this game.

As a group, my sisters and I have decided that we’re going to send this one to our niece, G.  As I mentioned, she absolutely LOVED Ubisoft’s Petz Catz game, so I know this one will be a winner too.  (If my sisters had their own DS’s I probably would have let them keep it, but they’re supposed to save up if they want their own systems.)

While Ubisoft provided me with this game to review, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint. UbisoftClever Girls Collective and I promote Blog With Integrity.