Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. When the puzzles get tough, just remember - don't panic! [Sept 2007, p.89]
  2. While some of Game Factory’s licensed games have been hit or miss, the care and time put into Pet Alien make it a surprising and memorable experience.
  3. Designed for kids, the well presented Pet Alien provides a gentle puzzle-based experience that should appeal to a wider audience than just those who enjoy the TV show.
  4. 70
    It’s a nice find for younger gamers who have patience for puzzlers.
  5. A tidy little package. [Oct 2007, p.70]
  6. Anyone over the age of ten won't find it even remotely challenging. [Nov 2007, p.88]
  7. For the casual gamers looking for the title to help them ease into the puzzle solving teamwork games, this is a great stepping-stone. For the hardcore gamer looking for the next great challenge, this one might waste your time with its simplicity.
  8. Anyone young enough to appreciate the simple puzzles and kiddy license will be turned off by the high frustration level. Anyone old enough to withstand the high frustration level will be turned off by the simple puzzles and kiddy license. For hardcore fans of the show or the genre only.
  9. It’s just too basic and simplistic for big kids. There’s also no multiplayer of any kind and the five mini-games, which range from a shell game to a take on Simon Says that uses burp and fart sounds, won’t add much life.
  10. 50
    But actually puzzling through the levels gets boring very quickly and little has been done to keep things interesting along the way.
  11. Owning pet aliens is not as exciting or interesting as it sounds.
  12. 50
    Pet Alien certainly has some fun moments and there is some enjoyment to be had in the game, but overall there are other games released by the Game Factory that I'd easily recommend over this.
  13. 50
    While you can find some enjoyment out of Pet Aliens, the overall product is fairly average despite its high points. Probably one for the die-hard fans only.
  14. All in all, it could be a game worth renting for your kids, it’s a good way to actually use their brains to solve a problem.
  15. The trouble is, it's a little too easy, even for a game aimed at children.
  16. 35
    A young fan of the TV show could theoretically search out a modicum of fun from this game, and perhaps they would find the puzzles more brow-furrow worthy. Maybe. I have a feeling, though, that this one will make its way swiftly to the bargain bins.

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