Tiny Zoo Friends

App review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Run-of-the-mill zoo sim puts heavy emphasis on purchases.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

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Educational Value

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

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.


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.

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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySkyGuide November 4, 2012

Tiny Zoo Friends - Deceit By Design?

Tiny Zoo Friends charged us 18 times for in-app purchases we did not authorize.

My wife and I authorized (entered our password to approve of) two in-app purcha... Continue reading
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 fo... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 17, 2017

Tiny Zoo is fun but glitchy.

I recently got this app cause people were giving it really good reviews, but I'm thinking about deleting it because of some annoying issues with it. One is... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCheetahlover2002 February 18, 2017

Just let your kid know not to purchase anything

I started playing when I was 5 on my mom's account. She taught me that I shouldn't click on the ads and I didn't. The game is good in general

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
  • Subjects: Science: animals
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 30, 2011
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Size: 19.10 MB
  • Publisher: TinyCo, Inc.
  • Version: 1.6
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later, Android 2.1 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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