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Peridot (2023) is a pet simulation game from the makers of Pokémon Go. Rather than training and fighting your pet, here the focus is on digital care, teaching tricks and taking it with you on walks. It stands out for the Augmented Reality interactions and clever systems of traits and archetypes that drive the breeding and behaviour of your pets - although to really get the most out of this most players find they need to spend money on the in-game purchases.

You start by hatching a new Peridot that presents you with a squishy-looking animal. The game uses your smartphone camera so you can see the creature in the room you are in. This is how you view and interact with your new friend. Play then involves using the touchscreen to stroke, feed and gently raise your new hatchling. As you progress there is a drive to collect many Peridots to unlock Traits and Archetypes. These offer a hierarchy of behaviour and appearance of your next pets. To be able to do this after your first pet you need to spend money on the in-game purchases.

The game uses its Augmented Reality technology to enable your pet to interact with objects in the real world. It can see the terrain and furniture and will forage around to discover hidden items in the virtual world. There are some games to play, like throwing a ball to send your creature scurrying to collect it, but generally, this is a game about hanging out with a cute animal.

The result is a simple experience that offers depth through the quality of interactions and character development as much as the gameplay. There are some aspects that let you show off and breed your creature, but essentially this is like Nintendogs or Anki's Cozmo character.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Peridot 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 14 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting, Creative, Physically Active and Simulation game with Communication and Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
This game includes adverts on some platforms that are watched to unlock additional content. Note that these adverts are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Because you interact with the game through Augmented Reality, this can be fiddly for very young players.

Account Rating

Account required for online play that has 13 years old as minimum age. Children under 13 can only play the game with parental consent, as specified in theNiantic Terms of Service.



App Store iOS Free
Android Store Android Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • Advertising: Smartphone or Tablet version of this game includes adverts. This varies in form but watching ads is often incentivised by unlocking additional content and progress in the game. Note that these are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
After raising a creature for free, you need to spend real money to have multiple pets. The Pro Collectors Basket is the highest cost item at $99.
  • Gemstones - To purchase items.
  • Nest Basket - To hatch a new pet.
  • Egg Rays - Let you curate what your pet will look like before they hatch.

The game also promotes and sell merchandise from within the app, depending on which region you are playing from. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/03/2023

Price: Free

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Collecting, Creative, Physically Active, Simulation (Communication and Narrative)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Developer: Play Peridot (@PlayPeridot)

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