Tap Zoo

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Lackluster zoo sim entices you to spend real money.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The controls may be easy, but you can't really get much of anything done without loads of coins -- coins which you either have to wait for days to earn or spend real money on.

Violence
Sex

Animals do have babies, but nothing is shown -- they just arrive -- and always in an egg.

Language
Consumerism

Impatient players who don't want to wait several days between buying animals or decorations for their zoos can spend real money to buy in-game coins. Coin packages can cost anywhere from $.99 to $150 of real money. Since this game takes so long to earn money, interested players will be tempted to spend real money.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tap Zoo is a free app that lets kids build and customize their own virtual zoo, but that the game is designed so that kids have to wait a long time between purchasing animals or buildings for their zoo. Early in the game, you will only earn a few hundred coins from your zoo, but anything you want to buy will cost far more than that (example: a hedgehog is 16,000 coins). If you don't want to wait, you will need to spend real money to buy extra coins. Many animals and items can't even be bought with coins -- they need to be purchased with "stars," which are rarely ever earned within the game and almost certainly need to be purchased with real money.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 and 7 year old Written byd.f.chic January 24, 2011

Money Trap--Avoid it!

My 7-year-old son downloaded this "free" app and when he was playing it he unknowingly bought $99.99 worth of coins! I was shocked and very sick to m... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 year old Written byesha mahin March 24, 2011

time consuming....

well my son loves animals..... so he loves the game too..... he is a little confused about how much money he has or needs to save.... the game is time consuming... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old December 28, 2012

Completely Worthless

This is probably the most boring app of all time. All you do is place buildings and animal cages. Also, it takes FOREVER to load the game. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIM... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 19, 2011

Tap Zoo

If you are spending money on this game then that's your own fault. I do not know why people say it takes days to get money from a single animal because it... Continue reading

Is it any good?

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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