'Cupets'; an abbreviation of 'cube-shaped pets' are a fun and exciting way to combine technology and real toys. The collectible, quirky pets come to life on your smart device in conjunction with a FREE app, each with their own personality and ability. Children can play fun games and enter Cupets World for exciting adventures.
Cupets need to be looked after; fed, loved and played with. It's a lovely way for children to take care of their very own pet, without the cost and mess of a real one ;)
We were sent a Cupet to review and it's taken me a little while to get the review going as I didn't have much storage space on my iPad and had to delete unused apps and random photos to make some room - it was long overdue anyway, so I don't mind too much.
Anyway, we were sent Gum the Cupet pig and I must admit, he is very sweet. Each pet has it's own personality and ability and I'm loving Gum as he is "a happy go lucky kinda of a guy who is always positive when stuffed with food. Don't let him get hungry or he'll transform into an unhappy, grumpy pig! POWER TO THE SUGAR!"
Erm.... he should be right at home with me then! Haha!
When you unpack your pet, you simply visit the Cupets website on your device and select whether you want to download the FREE app from the app store or Google Play. It then takes a few minutes to download and update to the latest content.
Once on the app, you are given a virtual tour and shown where the augmented reality 'button' is that can be turned on or off. Once switched on, make sure your real Cupet can be seen in the small screen and the app will read the symbol on top of your pet. It will then allow you to unlock the augmented reality version of your pet! You will see this version on screen, so long as the real Cupet is in view of the devices camera. Once unlocked you can then feed, play, bath and love your pet to keep him/her as happy as possible. Gum seems to like to read but didn't seem to keen on Volleyball for some reason!
We love it - the kids were engrossed and the games are a lot of fun too. Not 'just' a toy, Cupets also help to develop problem solving, strategic thinking & fine motor skills, whilst promoting life skills through caring & gaming play features.
The only thing I will say as parents to watch, there is the option to make in-app purchases but I believe you can turn these off in the security settings of ios devices (I'm not sure about android devices)
Cupets can be worn as a keyring so children can attach them to a rucksack and bring them with them, wherever they go....Actually, as an adult (but a kid at heart) I'd love one myself!
They are available in 12 different characters and cost £6.99 each, which I think is amazing value for money.
We were sent a Cupet for review purposes. Our opinions remain honest as always.