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Not bad but.....
on 13 March 2007
My daughter asked for this game for her 8th birthday after seeing her friend's PC version. We've both perservered with it but in the face of Nintendogs, Brain Training, and Super Princess Peach, it's been relegated to the rank of "occasionally played". It's a great concept; you start with a piece of land and an amount of money and you have to build appropriate exhibits for your zoo animals and then keep the animals and the customers happy. You start off with limited assets and as your zoo grows more successful and wins awards, you unlock extra animals, fences and buildings.
It's a very entertaining game to start with but it does have limited appeal and various shortcomings, which include:
You can only own one zoo at a time (as far as I can work out); if you start up another zoo your original zoo is erased;
There seem to be a couple of glitches in the game. I built a suitable chimpanzee exhibit which ran really well for a couple of weeks, when one day (quite inexplicably), the chimpanzees decided that they didn't like anything in their environment and the game demanded that I change the foliage to something that seemed more suited to a pair of lions. The blasted chimpanzees liked it for a day and then I had to change it back again. Bizarre and frustrating.
You can have a suitable exhibit, working really well, with all the right food, staff and foliage for that animal, when suddenly a message will come up which says (for example) "Zebra 1 doesn't like it's exhibit". If you go into the exhibit's properties, to all intents and purposes it looks perfectly suitable and doesn't want you to change anything, but for some reason the animal gets more and more unhappy until it either becomes ill or - even more annoying - gets taken away for ill treatment! But there's nothing in the game to explain how you prevent this when the exhibit is shown as completely suitable.
The graphics on the top screen are quite small so it's sometimes difficult to see what's going on.
The final problem with this game is what you do when your zoo is running successfully and you have unlocked all buildings and animals - you just go on doing the same old thing day after day and nothing much happens. Perhaps when you get to a certain point something thrilling happens (!) but I'm afraid I've given up now. The only novelty seems to be erasing your current zoo and starting a new one.
So all in all some problematic glitches and limited appeal - if you have a DS and only own this game I can see it being very entertaining for a while, but to be honest as soon as you get some of the better games it will probably be sent to the back of the queue and only get an occasional outing.