This review has been a bit of time in the works, mainly due to the girls wanting to play it all the time and getting the 3DS sticky and unsusable has made it difficult to get my hands on it.
Teddy Together see’s you adopt your very own teddy bear that comes to life very much in a style of Nintendogs.
Although there seems to be plenty of recycled ideas from other games here, it offers a rich experience for children and companionship.
Teddy is very inquisitive and wants to get to know all about you. It pretty much will become your child’s best friend as the information you input will be stored and used to communicate with you.
Teddy can process information it receives and cleverly involves it into conversation. For example; Teddy will ask about a special person like a sibling, auntie etc and will say it would like to meet that person one day. There is an introduction icon to enable this and little conversations between child and bear will be made. By being able to do this your child can talk about important people in their life and not only will Teddy talk to you about them but can also interact with that person too making it an inclusive experience.
Regarding the type of questions asked there’s nothing of concern or frightening that I can see here as the questions are designed to seem like the bear has its own personality to make it seem very real and like a pet to appeal to a child. As Teddy is inquisitive it will ask many questions and ending questions will fill up a friendship bar increasing you friendship level. You are also rewarded for answering questions and doing so will unlock more things to do and award you money to purchase things at the shops. Items at the shop are seasonal and will even change daily so returning every day to check back to see whats on offer is essential.
Things you can do with your teddy include; making her meals in a cooking mama style, growing plants and vegetables and shopping, along with a handful of other things.
It is fair to say Teddy has an odd voice, quite akin to Mii and Tomodachi life characters. It doesn’t seem like the voice can be altered like you can in Tomodachi life which would have been a good touch, and differnet pitches and tones would have been quite fun. There is more scope that could potentially be added to the game in future by means of DLC continuing to enhance the experience. But as is it stands it sadly seems like it may be short lived.
Here’s what Evie (4) thought of the game…
“Well I like playing it so much, and she likes to watch television.”
“It’s good. I like to feed her lollipops, I need to buy some more at the shop.”
“I like cooking food and feeding her.”
“We like to go shopping for dresses and dressing up.”
“When she gets more hungry… I feed her some more lunch!”
“I like to read letters in the book!” … (Evie can’t actually read yet :D)
“Teddy makes me tickle her, she likes tickles.”
The game itself is quite limited and the touch screen on the 2DS has stopped working so unfortunately that concludes this review.