Pets vs Monsters

7.8Overall Score

Kid-friendly and constructed chat system.

Each pet only has two default skills.


Free to Play


NOTE: this game has been discontinued. Find similar games here: Pet Worlds.

Pets vs Monsters: The Answer to Diablo and Torchlight for Kids

In 2009, Funcom, the creators of the huge multiplayer online game “Age of Conan” announced their newest created studio “Sweet Robot.” Their first task was to create a Free to play MMO designed explicitly for kids 8 to 12, naming it Pets vs Monsters.

Funcom CEO, Trond Arne Aas (in a press release) stated they were very excited about creating a game that targeted a younger audiences with their gameplay. Under the new studio Pets vs Monsters began Beta testing the following month.

How Pets vs Monsters Works

This is a 2.5D MMORPG where players create a male or female character and choose a pet to accompany them along the journey. Unlike other pet games, players ride on their pets’ backs and the pet does all the combat while the players just stay on their backs.  Players can have various pets in the three categories of cats, dogs and bears.

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This 2.5D action combat game is similar to other games such as Diablo only simpler for the younger players. The pets only have to abilities each, brawling ability constrained to the left mouse button and range ability constrained to the right mouse button.

Players move their characters around using the left click to move somewhere and left or right click when attacking an enemy.

Torchlight and Pets vs Monsters

There are maps and quest guides to guide players where they want to go. This is very much like Torchlight which is another combat game. With its quests, combats and character developments, it’s only easier then Torchlight.

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Unlike Torchlight which has numerous keys and movements, Pets vs Monster is simplified with left, right, along with 1,2 and 3 (to switch between 3 active pets). Also there is only one Strength of Health and Mana potions vs the multi varieties in Torchlight.


This has also been simplified for younger players using common quest tracking systems in MMOs. Pets vs Monsters post their quest objectives in the upper right of the screen and a large yellow arrow appears near the character in order to guide them to the object. These objects can be items to collect, someone to speak to or an enemy to battle. Also, players may only have one quest at a time, again gearing this to a younger audience.

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Unlike Diablo and Torchlight, Pets vs Monsters lack certain character skills developed through customization. As each pet only has two skills, there is no deciding if a bear has specialties over that of a cat. Their pet skills only improve by discovering skill up cards and defeating bosses. This might not do well for experienced players, but it’s a great stepping stone for younger less experienced players.


Torchlight and Diablo are extremely popular because the games are easy to get into and are highly addictive. Pets vs Monsters seem to be following suit and is by far one of the best action packed and fun games for kids to play.

Watch more videos on their YouTube channel: Pets vs Monsters on YouTube.

Pets vs Monsters is free to play.

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NOTE: this game has been discontinued. Find similar games here: Pet Worlds.

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