Tiny Zoo Friends




Run-of-the-mill zoo sim puts heavy emphasis on purchases.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

There's a very scant tutorial, so players will be lost unless they're already familiar with how social zoo games work. Controls and menus are straightforward.

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An ever-present icon in the lower-right corner expands to show other games to download. Players are encouraged to spend real money to speed up the game. Players are also encouraged to recruit friends from email, text messages, and Facebook to earn rewards.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

In 2014, the developer was fined for claiming to be COPPA-compliant when they were in fact collecting personal info from kids under 13 without a parent's consent. They have since updated their privacy policy and terms of use, which include more details on their use of cookies and sharing info with third parties (they do both). According to the updated policy, the app is not directed toward kids under 13, and they "do not knowingly collect personal information from children under age 13."

Parents Need to Know

Players need to know that Tiny Zoo Friends is a casual sim in which players run a zoo by purchasing animals and decorations, and can cross-breed animals in the lab to discover new species. The app's colorful graphics and cute zoo theme are at odds with the app's terms of service and privacy policy, which require players to be at least 13 years old. This discrepancy in ages is noteworthy, since the design of the game is tailored for a much younger audience -- and younger kids certainly will want to play. The game is also free to play, but players are frequently prompted to spend real-world cash to speed up the game. Users can join Tiny Social, an in-game social network that allows friends to visit each other's zoos, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn



  • animals

What Kids Can Learn

Tiny Zoo Friends wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn



  • animals

Tiny Zoo Friends wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

What's it about?

In Tiny Zoo, players manage a virtual zoo by buying exhibits and animals to put in them. Players keep the zoo clean by clicking on garbage as it pops up, and can collect coins from exhibits to spend on expanding the zoo. Many exclusive items can only be purchased with premium currency. Players can also cross-breed animals to discover new species, although there's no element of experimentation since the game tells you exactly which two animals you need to breed to come up with a new one.

Is it any good?


TINY ZOO doesn't offer anything that can't already be found in other zoo apps, except for an animal breeding component that costs an exorbitant amount of coins -- unless, of course, the player is willing to pay real-world cash to speed things up. All aspects of the game can be sped up by paying real money, and players who choose not to pay will run out of things to do pretty quickly. The in-game animations aren't very engaging, meaning players will quickly become bored as they wait for the various timers to count down so that they can amass more coins and experience points. Overall, Tiny Zoo is short on entertainment value and seems too focused on trying to get the player to fork over real money.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:September 30, 2011
Category:Simulation Games
Size:19.10 MB
Publisher:TinyCo, Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later, Android 2.1 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old March 25, 2013

Tiny zoo

I think this is a good game because kids could learn how to take care of a zoo.
Kid, 9 years old December 1, 2012

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOnot the caliber we were expecting....its deceit by art?? sure its innocent

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 7 and 14 year old Written byktumminello February 28, 2012

This company are a bunch of crooks!!!

Be careful of games from TinyCo. They advertise that their games are FREE but they allow kids to buy stuff once inside the game. My son had $187 in charges for playing the game for one day!!


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