DinerTown Zoo

Common Sense Media says

Cute but superficial sim encourages in-app purchases.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The interface is intuitive, and the game goals are straightforward. Players should easily pick up on what to do.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Players can speed up the game by spending real-world cash. Packages of hearts and coins start at $.99 and go up to $19.99 for coins and $99.99 for hearts.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address.

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.

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QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:June 6, 2011
Category:Simulation Games
Size:19.60 MB
Publisher:PlayFirst, Inc.
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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