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  • Summary: With a playful new art style, SimAnimals Africa allows players to play with wild African animals while they venture across jungles, deserts, savannas, river deltas and more! Each brand new animal has their own unique skill and it’s up to you to find their secret abilities. Kicking zebras, rock-breaking rhinos and crocodiles that excel at hunting will assist players in keeping the environment happy and unlocking new areas, animals, and special items. New mini-games give players more ways to interact with the animals. The ring toss, drumming, and petting games help the animals hone their unique skill and assist players in achieving their goals more quickly. Additionally, there are over 70 rare objects for players to collect including bugs, fruits and flowers. If players feed one of these rare items to an animal they may get an unexpected surprise! Kids can now choose to play as an animal. Will they water the terrain with their trunk as an elephant, kick fruit off trees as a zebra or jump over riverbeds as a gazelle? Players can have fun developing relationships with wild animals and their babies, and experience the humor and drama of life in Africa. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Simplistic and repetitive and not at all realistic, but quite endearing all the same. [Christmas 2009, p.61]
  2. 58
    Despite EA’s consideration of the previous title’s flaws, the experience in SimAnimals Africa is coming short. First impression and atmosphere are good, but then boredom kicks in. Petting is a chore and there’s not enough stimulus to keep going. A lack of depth and the repetitive nature of the minigames are to blame. There’s a base to make a good animal sim, but that’s all there is to say.
  3. Doesn't have the mettle for a sustained run in the first team. [Christmas 2009, p.98]
  4. 55
    SimAnimals Africa has the groundwork for a good wildlife game, but there's not enough here. There are too few animals, and just not enough actually gameplay make the title compelling.
  5. Unfortunately, the game still isn't terribly compelling. [Dec 2009, p.84]
  6. 40
    At the end of the day die-hard pet simulator fans will enjoy the game, young children might get a kick or two out of it for a little while but we can't see it sticking in the long haul.
  7. It's a sad day when you're forced to play a game like this, at this time of year. It's actually pretty shocking that a studio would release a title this crappy during the high-point of any gamers year. There's very few things in this title that are anything near decent, and it all amounts to a really poor game. Stay away!
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