About the Product
- Adopt your favorite hamster from 5 adorable breeds, care for him, and train him
- Watch your hamster grow and build his own Ham-Country that other hamsters can move to
- The better you raise your hamster, the bigger he becomes, and the more energy he has to build a big, realistic Ham-Country with a bakery, school, playground, bookstore, and more!
- Play mini-games and buy additional toys for your hamster
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Because there is no such thing as too much cut!Product InformationIn Hamsterz Life you adopt a cute hamster from five different breeds raise andtrain him. As your hamster grows stronger he can build his own Ham-country withits own bakery school and bookstore and invite other hamsters.Product Features Adopt your favorite hamster from 5 adorable breeds care for him and train him. Watch your hamster grow and build his own “Ham-Country” that other hamsters can move to. The better you raise your hamster the bigger he bees and the more energy he has to build a big realistic “Ham-Country” with a bakery school playground bookstore and more! Play mini-games and buy additional toys for your hamster.System Requirements For use with Nintendo DS only Wireless DS Multi-Card Download Play Players: 1-2
Top Customer Reviews
Now, for a review of what is included in the game. I find it cute and my children all find it fun to play in small doses. A few of the mini games could be frustrating for younger children (and Mom), but my 7 year-old is able to tackle all of them. He is a very computer literate child though, so your mileage may vary. All in all, the controls are very intuitive, so there shouldn't be a problem.
You can not buy food and supplies. To get them you have to play mini games (only when the Hamster is in the mood) or find presents. When the Hamster asks if you want to play, you will see musical notes. Go to the main menu (i.e. so the Hamster is on the top screen) and press the button that appears with a musical note in it. If the kids have trouble playing the mini-games to get food and items, encourage them to use "Outing" then "Open Cage" to collect presents in the "bedroom." If your Hamster is hungry or thirsty and you have no food or drink items, I suggest adopting another Hamster. When you switch with "Hammy" the hunger and cleanliness of the Hamsterz will revery to "normal/ normal." That way you can get more supplies without having a tortured and complaining hamster (did I mention they complain?). You can have more than one Hamster, but only play with one at a time and they do not interact with each other.
Speaking of complaining... One of my favorite features of the game is that the Hamsterz will converse with you. My kids love it and it encourages my 5 and 4 year-olds to read. They have already picked up on some phrases like "Good Evening." With that in mind, the breeds all have different dialog accents (Australian, baby-talk, etc) so you may have to explain this to early readers. My kids get the biggest kick out of the voice recognition. This feature is very well done. We have had no problems at all with settings, background noise, or changing settings for more than one user (completely unnecessary for Hamsterz).
The holidays included with the game have strange (often culinary) names, so expect questioning as to why your child doesn't have A holiday from school on "Miso Day" or "Strawberry Day."
All in all, this is a fun "pet" game. My kids love it with or without Ham-country and I let them "take out" their hamsterz to play with and take care of for a half hour a night after dinner. That way, they are getting the most out of the program without getting easily bored. They received it on Christmas and still look forward to Hammy time every night. The only reason I have it less than 5 stars is because I do not care for the misinformation on their advertising regarding "Ham-country."
Unfortunately, as happens so often, the game just didn't live up to the hype, and it was entirely because of the absence of any kind of Ham-Country. This game could have been like a million times more awesome if they just gave you some kind of hamster wheel or maybe one of those bottles with a ball bearing in the nozzle. Man, that would have been sweet!
Sigh. Thinking about what could have been just makes my disappointment all the more bitter.