Littlest Pet Shop comes to iPhone

If that means nothing to you, you probably don't have a young daughter. This LPS game doesn't match up to its Nintendo counterparts, but it's fun for a while.

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Most girls younger than 10 will want to get their paws on Littlest Pet Shop. Electronic Arts

What's that sound you hear you ask? It's a gazillion tween-age girls squealing with delight. Littlest Pet Shop, one of my 10-year-old daughter's favorite toys for the last several years, just got the iPhone-iPod Touch treatment (iTunes link).

For those unfamiliar with the toys, they are cute little plastic pets--dogs, cats, turtles, parrots, and the like.

As for the game, it's a decidedly "littler" version of the popular Littlest Pet Shop title for Nintendo DS and Wii. Players can collect three pets (not enough, so my daughter says), dress them with various accessories, engage in digipet-style activities (brushing, tickling, and so on), and play a few minigames (again, she says there's not enough of them).

Thus, for older and more hardcore Littlest Pet Shop fans, the iPhone-iPod Touch game will be fun for a while, but ultimately it is unsatisfying. I do think younger children will enjoy it more--and, let's face it, at $2.99, it costs less than a single Littlest Pet Shop pet.

In related news, here's a roundup of five other Nintendo DS games that have migrated to the App Store.