A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The general message is one about caring for animals -- treat them with kindness, heal them when needed, and return them to the wild. Massai mysticism also plays a role in the game, as a shaman will be needed to heal some of the animals that have been "cursed."
Positive Role Models
Pretty much all the characters here just want to help the animals. All are motivated by good intentions.
Ease of Play
Using the mouse to move your character around can sometimes lead to problems such as getting stuck behind a railing or open gate, causing you to backtrack. It can be slightly annoying, but isn't a major flaw. The interface for interacting with animals works pretty well.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the wild animals have wounds (like lacerations) that need to be treated and healed. These are not depicted in a gory way.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wildlife Camp sets players in the role of a vet in the African savannah. You will often have to treat animals with medical conditions, sometimes cuts and lacerations. More of the time is spent simply playing with the animals -- you can train lion cubs and ride elephants. You can also dress the animals in costumes and change their colors. It is unrealistic play in a realistic setting. Encounters occur randomly, but you may run into several instances where a sick animal is diagnosed with a "wicked curse" and must be taken to the Massai shaman to be healed. He will raise his hands over the animal, chant in a foregin language, and cure the sick animal.
Is It Any Good?
If you're looking for a realistic vet sim, Wildlife Camp may not be the game for you. The way African mysticism is thrown into the storyline feels a bit jarring and doesn't seem to fit well with the rest of the game. But if you're just looking for a fun open-ended adventure that will let you explore a virtual landscape, play around with wild animals and customize them to your whims (Dora the Explorer fans can go ahead and make a blue monkey if they want to), then this bargain-priced game makes a very nice choice. It's got attractive visuals, a decent amount of variety, and a very positive we're-helping-the-world vibe.
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