What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that DinerTown Zoo is a casual sim in which players run an ever-expanding zoo by purchasing habitats, animals, concessions stands, and other decorations. The game is free to download and play, but players are encouraged to spend real-world cash to unlock content more quickly. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is it any good?
You'll run out of things to do pretty quickly in DINERTOWN ZOO once your supply of coins and hearts run out, at which point the choice is either to wait around to harvest more (a process that takes minutes or hours depending on the type of animal), or pay real-world cash to instantly refill your supply. Packages start at $.99 and go up to $19.99 for coins and $99.99 for hearts -- parents may want to disable in-app purchases to avoid unwanted charges.
On the positive side, the graphics are quite cute, and kids will learn a little bit about different animal habitats (such as outback, savannah, arctic, and rainforest). There are even a few whimsical habitats and creatures that you'd never see in any real-life zoo.