Zoo World 2

Common Sense Media says

Zoo sim with good message about conservation, but no story.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The goal is to create safe habitats for endangered animal species, and breed them to increase their population to prevent the species from becoming extinct.

Positive role models

Players are guided by positive role models who offer them quests to save more animals and expand the zoo.

Ease of play

The game is simple and interactions are straightforward. Quests help nudge players in the right direction.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Breeding plays a large part in the game, but there's nothing graphic. Two animals of the same species are placed next to each other, hearts appear over their heads, players click the "Breed" button, and a stork delivers a baby bundle into the breeding nest.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Players can purchase Wildlife Points and Zoo Dollars to speed up the game and unlock exclusive items. Players are prompted regularly to post status updates to their Facebook news feed, which is a way of advertising the game to others.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Like most Facebook games, players are frequently prompted to post game-related updates to their news feed. However, players are not required to add strangers as friends. Players can also allow the game to post status updates automatically for certain in-game events, like injured animals.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Zoo World 2 is a zoo simulation played on Facebook that emphasizes saving endangered species. Like most Facebook games, it's free to play; however, players can spend real-world cash on premium items and to unlock parts of the game more quickly. Players run a breeding program, but there's nothing graphic. The game will likely appeal to children younger than 13, however kids must be 13 to join Facebook, which is why that is the age set for this game.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

In ZOO WORLD 2, Zookeeper Jane enlists the player's help to save endangered animals around the world by opening a zoo and running a breeding program. Players expand the zoo by adding new habitats and concessions to keep visitors happy, which in turn unlocks new types of animals to breed. Breeding enough animals gradually raises their status from \"Endangered\" to \"Saved.\" Players can also visit friends' zoos and help out.

Is it any good?

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Zoo World 2 is a good-looking game with an environmentally-conscious message, but it doesn't do anything that dozens of other Facebook games haven't done before it. A series of quests guide players through which habitats and animals to purchase next, but there's no ongoing story arc or interesting cast of characters to liven up the gameplay like there is in other social games such as FrontierVille and Gardens of Time. As such, Zoo World 2 has potential but needs to be fleshed out if it wants to stand toe-to-toe with the best Facebook has to offer.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of the different kinds of endangered and extinct species around the world. Why do animals become endangered, and what can be done to help preserve them?

  • Families can also talk about what steps they can take in real life to help endangered species, such as donating to a wildlife charity or conservation area.

Game details

Platforms:Facebook
Price:Free & Microtransaction
Available online?Not available online
Release date:July 15, 2011
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:NR for (Facebook)

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