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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids learn about pet responsibility.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that fish die and need to be removed from the tanks. The game teaches kids about genetics and running a fish-breeding business. Kids learn about market forces as they discover that rare fish can command high prices. And they learn to use resources efficiently because they can raise only 20 fish per tank. Kids also learn about pet responsibility.
Is It Any Good?
Just watching the fish swim across the computer screen is fun. But the game becomes more compelling as players breed new, unique fish. Testers were drawn to observe their tank every few hours to see what weird new fish had been born and whether they had managed to create a Magical Fish. Kids learn about market forces as they discover that rare fish can command high prices, and they learn to use resources efficiently because they can raise only 20 fish per tank.
Parents might not want to play this simulation with very young kids because fish do die and will need to be thrown away. But for kids old enough to handle fish mortality, Fish Tycoon is a fascinating way to tinker with genetics and learn about pet responsibility. Families can try Fish Tycoon for free for one hour by downloading it at the Web site Last Day of Work.
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