A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
Products & Purchases
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.
Parents Need to Know
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.