Skipping over merely ordinary animals to raise and care for, why not just go straight to the fantastical with dragons?
Oh my have I seen a load of pet sims over the years, with the majority of them focusing on what I’d consider to be the core 3: dogs, cats, and horses. Taking a road less traveled, the team behind My Baby Dragon has gone all in on fantasy… and for the most part it works reasonably well. As you’d expect, care and development is driven by various mini games you’ll at least minorly test your skills with, and I suppose the degree of challenge may feel higher to the likely target audience who isn’t an old-school jaded gamer who feels like they could sleep through it all and do fine. I’d say that it’s biggest problem, and this is pretty consistent with most pet sims, is longevity. You’ll really need to enjoy the core gameplay experience quite a lot, because in the end it won’t take super-long to burn through most of it, and from there the enjoyment is in exploring the raising of new dragons with different traits and who have at least some mild differences even if the gameplay doesn’t really change much. I’d say it’s in the middle of the road as I’ve certainly played worse, and at least the more fantasy-oriented nature of it has some appeal for simply being different.
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