Parents' Guide to

Tap Zoo

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Lackluster zoo sim entices you to spend real money.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 17+

No more option to keep Tap Zoo. It will take you to Tap Zoo2 whether you like it or not.

I have lost my tap zoo. The application kept on directing me to Tap Zoo 2 saying that Tap Zoo is old. I kept on cancelling the offer for Tap Zoo 2. When I turned it on yesterday morning, there was no more choice, it just diverted me to Tap Zoo 2. And all the money I have spent on it and all the coins I have accumulated have now disappeared. I want it back. I also play Tap Zoo2 but I want the original back.
age 17+

$99.00 Unauthorized charge to my Credit Card! No thanks Tap ZOO!

Problem is it will charge you for coins or stars with out you actually buying them. I got a call from my credit card company for a $99.00 charge from pocket gems. I did not authorize this. Then I was playing it, and all of a sudden it says "thanks for the purchase" and it did it again. That's a lot of money for a free game and now I am trying to figure out if it tried to charge me again! Someone in another post stated that it asks permission before authorizing the charge...IT DID NOT!

This title has:

Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12):
Kids say (3):

There are many simulation apps like TAP ZOO in which you earn money very slowly and are therefore enticed into spending real-world money to speed up the game and customize it the way you want. They're all somewhat insidious, but most of them look better than Tap Zoo. At least in Tap Birds, when you buy a bird for your virtual aviary, you get to see that bird fly around and interact with other birds. In Tap Zoo, when you buy a gorilla, you get an pre-rendered animated square with two gorillas in it and a little number 1 in the corner to show you that you only have one gorilla. When you buy another, the animation stays the same and you get a little 2 in the corner. If those two gorillas have a baby (which will hatch from an egg, by the way), you still have the same two-gorilla animation only with a little 3 in the corner. A changing numeral is not worth the time it takes to build up all the coins you need to buy these animals, and certainly not worth the real money you'd have to spend to make it happen quickly .

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