Farm Vet

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Strong edutainment value; weak graphics.

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Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

Kids might see small dollops of blood while using the scalpel and other surgical tools.

Language
Consumerism

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids can learn quite a bit about farm animals and their behaviors from this game, as long as they don't mind performing the occasional distasteful task like cleaning a rabbit's dirty bum, swabbing a pig's crusty sores, or taking an animal's temperature by putting a thermometer into its "rear." Kids might also see small dollops of blood while using the scalpel and other surgical tools.

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Kid, 7 years old April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written bysoftballchamp April 9, 2008

i cried i laughed

I think that if people do cry when they laugh or the other way around, i think that they have something to make a person laugh as well. other people think that... Continue reading

What's it about?

FARM VET lets players step into the shoes of a caregiver who's responsible for feeding, playing with, and treating 10 types of barnyard animals, including ducks, chickens, rabbits, pigs, horses, goats, and sheep. Players choose a character by selecting gender, appearance, and clothing and can select one of three difficulty levels.

Each morning your trusty PDA outlines a to-do list that you must complete before the day is over. Some duties are as simple as topping up feed bins or playing mini-games like collecting eggs or milking the cow.

Is it any good?

The most challenging part of the game is treating sick and injured animals. With a variety of medical instruments and tools at your disposal -- including an X-Ray machine, syringes, swabs, a thermometer, and even surgical tools -- you must use powers of deduction and observation to arrive at a diagnosis, then administer the correct treatment.

Farm Vet's graphics could be better, and the game suffers from finicky controls, imprecise "hot spots" to click on the animals, and a wildly swinging camera. Although the game claims 60 different medical problems to treat, they seem to repeat very frequently. That said, Farm Vet does provide a lot of interesting reading material for young budding veterinarians in the family, including a glossary of tools and animals and a database of farm-related careers

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the differences between being a farm vet and a pet vet. Why are veterinarians such an important part of farm life?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $19.95
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Vivendi Universal Games
  • Release date: January 31, 2008
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief, Mild Blood

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