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Addictive dino zoo simulation helps kids learn about money.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to manage time and resources -- especially money -- as they run their own dinosaur theme park. They'll learn that investing money pays interest and that spending money on capital and people -- like buying new dinosaurs, fixing up their habitats, or hiring a tour guide -- can make them money. They'll also learn that spending money on low-quality improvements or some trivial things won't bring rewards and can sometimes cost more in the long run. With the tour guide, kids can learn some facts about dinosaurs, too. Dinorama is a great simulation game with built-in lessons on entrepreneurship and money management.

Ease of play

Kids occasionally get brief written instructions, but there's no option for audio instructions, and there is no way to pull up help if you need it.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that time may get away from kids as they run their own dinosaur theme park in this addictive app. Though the dinosaurs and animation look like it would appeal to preschoolers, Dinorama is a challenging simulation app where kids are managing multiple tasks at once. The app purchase price includes everything, so parents don't need to worry about the in-app purchases available in many other simulation apps.

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What's it about?

In this simulation game, kids develop their entrepreneurial spirit as they run a dinosaur theme park. They take care of the dinosaurs by feeding and cleaning up after them and maintaining their cages. They make decisions about attractions -- like a photo booth or a cafe -- to buy for their park, what to feed the dinosaurs, and how to invest their money. If the animals aren't well-fed, they run away. If the paying visitor's needs aren't met, they leave. If the park doesn't offer the attractions people want, they don't visit. Kids manage the ups and downs of their business -- like stormy, slow days and sunny, busy days while keeping the animals and their customers happy.

Is it any good?


Dinorama lists the age range for the app as 7-107, and that is absolutely accurate. Younger kids may have a hard time managing everything going on at once, but the fun and challenge will appeal to kids and adults alike. Parents will appreciate that there are no in-app purchases or ads to tempt kids. Collecting dinosaur stickers unlocks more options, and as kids manage the park and progress in the game, they'll be able to buy different features, attractions, and dinosaurs for the park. Parents may want to remind kids that their game will save automatically when they stop, and they can pick up in the same place later.

Families can talk about...

  • Since so many things are going on at once, and kids may not think in depth about their actions, take some time to watch them play and talk about the choices they made in the game.

  • Talk to kids about how they market to theme park visitors -- and where they see examples of marketing in real life.

App details

Subjects:Math: money
Social Studies: the economy
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making
Self-Direction: time management, working efficiently
Responsibility & Ethics: fiscal responsibility
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:March 14, 2013
Size:43.20 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Kid, 11 years old April 29, 2013

awsome game

this is an awsome game everyone should play it it halps people and kids leard and even i play it and im 11
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Kid, 12 years old May 30, 2016


I LOVE this game! You can build your own DinoPark, while saving coins and taking care of dinosaurs through different weather and customers! You can also get a giant piggy bank with interest! It's so addicting, I ended up buying my last plot of land and had to re-download it! But the cons: You can't open more than one park, and NEVER hire the zookeeper. He will just automatically feed your dinosaurs too much (wasting your coins), and you can't stop him! Also, customers complain they won't come in unless you do this or that. Ignore it. And try experimenting. There are some fun surprises in store, but I'm not gonna say what they are. If you run out of money or something, the game will force you to restart. There are so many ways to attract customers! My park attracted so many customers, it almost crashed the app! Don't hesitate to buy this game! IT'S THE BEST!!
What other families should know
Easy to play/use