A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
What's it about?
In WILDLIFE CAMP, you are a newcomer to an African outpost where the resident national park rangers and guides find sick or injured animals, treat them, and return them to the wild. You can create your own avatar -- and you can also change the looks of the animals in the game, even dressing them up in costumes. You can explore (on foot, in an aquatic rover, or in a helicopter), play with animals, and treat them medically (although some that are sickened by \"curses\" which will need to be healed by a shaman).
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about fantasy vs. reality. What aspects of the game are realistic? What parts could not happen in real life? Do you enjoy the mixing of fantasy and reality?
Families can also discuss African culture. Does this game make you want to learn more about the Massai people? Do you think you would enjoy an actual trip to Africa?
This is also a game in which you can create your own avatar. Why did you choose to make your character look the way he or she did?