By Erin Bell,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fun sim focuses on collecting animals and snapping photos.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The overall message of restoring a zoo to its former glory is a noble one. Rather than doing real life chores, players go about this task by interacting with the animals, snapping photos, and playing a game of chance to acquire new animals.
Positive Role Models
Players receive help along the way from a mysterious, though benevolent, figure who says he used to be a friend of the previous owner.
Ease of Play
There is very little micro-management involved, making this game much easier than some other zoo sims.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zoo Resort is a simulation that lets players focus on expanding a zoo by purchasing new animals, taking pictures of them in their habitats, and posting the pictures to the zoo's blog to attract more visitors. Unlike some other zoo sims, the emphasis is on fun rather than day-to-day responsibilities.
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Great for 6+ (even adults)
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What’s It About?
In ZOO RESORT, you've just inherited a zoo from your late grandfather and are tasked with restoring it to its former glory. You'll purchase new animals such as lions, mountain goats, and grizzly bears; visit them in their habitats; and snap photographs to use as publicity to drawn bigger crowds and earn cash, which can be used to buy more animals and expand the property. There is a bit of a Pokemon-like "gotta catch 'em all" vibe to Zoo Resort, since the stated goal is to acquire at least 70 animals and there are more than 100 to collect in total, along with in-game trophies.
Is It Any Good?
Zoo Resort is a good game for younger kids who love animals, letting them focus on interacting with and learning about different species without having to do chores like clean out pens or micro-manage the zoo's finances. There's an impressive variety of animals to unlock -- including exotic species like the Ghariel, Shoebil, and Scimitar Oryx -- and each one has a detailed fact sheet that kids can read for extra educational value. Players can also save captured photos to an album and share via SD card.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how zoos can play an important role in animal conservation.
Families can also talk about techniques for taking good photos of animals, and apply tips they learned in the game to real-life.
Families can also discuss how simulation games are a great way to learn while playing.
- Platform: Nintendo 3DS
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: UbiSoft
- Release date: October 25, 2011
- Genre: Simulation
- ESRB rating: E
- Last updated: August 29, 2016
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