Zoo Resort

 
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Fun sim focuses on collecting animals and snapping photos.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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. 

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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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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:October 25, 2011
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:E for (Nintendo 3DS)

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Parent of a 7 year old Written byjcarvin April 9, 2013
 

Great for 6+ (even adults)

This is a great game for kids. We bought this for my daughters seventh birthday and she had no trouble whatsoever figuring out how to play. That is, when she can pry it out of my hands because I think it's fun myself (41). I have it just about 100% completed in under a week though I've played it a lot and I beat the actual game objective about two days ago. Definitely recommended for young kids and anyone who doesn't require constant action. It's a simulation about animals, it's education, fun and not fast paced.
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