Dreamer Series: Zoo Keeper

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Career sim more focused on the zoo than its animals.

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Positive Messages

There is a very solid message about responsibility in this game. You are constantly reminded how important every little step is in taking care of these animals and their habitats. And you are responsible for everything. The game won't even let you close the zoo for the night if you've forgotten to put a bucket away on its storeroom shelf.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Not only is your zookeeper happily responsible for every detailed aspect of the upkeep and care of the zoo's baby animals, but she also remembers to take care of herself, stopping to eat or take a nap when she's been working too hard.

Ease of Play

Time management can become challenging as the game progresses, but on the whole there's nothing too frustrating or difficult about the gameplay.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dreamer Series: Zoo Keeper is an animal care simulator that might feel a bit more like an actual job than a video game. It's not just about playing with the animals and watching them frolic, as some zoo games are; in this one kids will have to clean up dirty cages, fill water troughs, deposit trash into dumpsters, and more. In the realm of career sims, it's actually quite more realistic than a lot of others, which may or may not be what your child is looking for.

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What's it about?

In DREAMER SERIES: ZOO KEEPER, you've just been hired to take care of the zoo's baby animals area. You will tend to the needs of young penguins, monkey, bears, tigers, and the like, feeding them, cleaning them and their enclosures, and letting them out for zoo visitors to see. You'll also have to buy supplies out of a limited budget, advertise to bring in more visitors, and study to become an expert on the animal species you're in charge of.

Is it any good?

Dreamer Series: Zoo Keeper is a great game for teaching kids the realities of the working world, but could be a bit more entertaining as a game for kids who love animals. The game's attention to detail is nice, but too much of that detail is focused on chores and other zoo business. The game would benefit from a greater variety of ways to interact with the animals. Know your own kids and whether they'd be better served by this zoo game, or one focused on cute animals doing tricks.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how every job, no matter how much you love it, always has aspect you'll like less. Even the most enjoyable of careers has some level of drudge work involved. Accepting that fact, and learning to put up with -- or even enjoy -- the tough parts of a job, is an important life skill.

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
  • Price: $19.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Dreamcatcher
  • Release date: January 4, 2010
  • Genre: Girl
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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