By Erin Bell,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Strong edutainment value; weak graphics.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Violence & Scariness
Kids might see small dollops of blood while using the scalpel and other surgical tools.
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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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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?
- Platform: Windows
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games
- Release date: January 31, 2008
- Genre: Simulation
- ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief, Mild Blood
- Last updated: November 4, 2015
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