What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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.