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  • Summary: Now, for the first time players can engage with the wild world of animals in their natural surroundings in an immersive and tactile way. In this game you are challenged to engage, touch, move and try to control a wide range of animals as you journey deeper and deeper into the forest. You control an on-screen animated hand that allows you to reach out and touch, pick up and move everything in the game from foxes and bears to trees and flowers. Cohabitate with these animals in their natural surroundings, and based on how you treat them, the animals will come to know and love – or dislike you. Have fun developing relationships with wild animals and their families, and experience the humor and drama of surviving in the wilderness. Wild animals abound. You will meet a host of friendly wild animals including deer, squirrels, rabbits, hedgehogs and owls. And also some mischievous characters like foxes, raccoons, badgers, crows and bears who love to stir up trouble. Get in the middle of the action as they all come together in your very own forest setting for a wild time. Solve challenges and achieve goals throughout the game, because the animals need you to help them thrive. Discover secrets, unlock forest areas and uncover one-of-a-kind objects and wild animals, some with special abilities, by successfully completing tasks. It's survival of the fittest, as you find out who the troublemakers are and who the good guys are to make sure everyone gets along – or not! In SimAnimals on the Wii, take up to three of your friends with you on a forest adventure in cooperative play mode! The forest, filled with exciting wildlife, is big enough for you and your pals. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. A bit disappointing in terms of its presentation but we can recommend it to anyone with a hankering for an unusually sweet god game. [Mar 2009, p.54]
  2. A great solid title that may bore people with it’s repetitive nature. The DS version does it better.
  3. Kids and maybe some teens will have a good time. Nice side effect: The player learns some facts about the different animals.
  4. SimAnimals is an original offer for the social games. The playability is not perfect, and the interaction with the animals need improve in some points. The game is focused for casual players but these players will find difficulty with the control. A great first step in this genre, but it needs to improve to get better results.
  5. An inoffensive stroll through a dull park. Buy a ticket to the zoo instead. [Apr 2009, p.74]
  6. SimAnimals is a good idea but with poor visuals and fiddly controls, this is a wasted opportunity.
  7. The very obvious problem with using The Sims template on animals is that they don't do very much all day expect eat, sleep and procreate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jun 5, 2014
    As a fully-grown adult human, I actually admit to liking this game. Certainly if you go in expecting The Sims, but with animals, you're going to have a bad time. What this game is, is a quiet, peaceful, occasionally frustrating game about managing an environment so that it best suits the animals you want to live there. It's a god game, and as such, I found it perfect for when you want to relax with more patience than split-second timing. It can be a bit dull, particularly if you're not interested in god games, but I found that it had a lot of fun features, it was pretty, it distracted me from real life for a bit. Don't pay full price for it, but you can probably pick it up for cheap used, and that might be worth it if you're looking for a game that won't stress you out. Expand
  2. JimmusMaximus
    Jan 28, 2009
    Awful. Like Viva Pinata without the animal variety, unlockables or gameplay. Simple mechanics (waggle controller - is that all developers can make a Wiimote do?) and too few popups or useful informative visual cues. Sure, you could keep the raccoons from eating all your squirrels, if you knew BEFORE it already happened. No thanks, Maxis - Viva Pinata was frustrating and difficult, but at least it was also fun. Expand
  3. Nov 11, 2011
    I expected it to be a lot more fun than it is. It is so boring because there is little customization like other Sims games. The controls and gameplay are really slow which makes it unbearable. Expand