Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. 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.
  2. For the most part, it's simplistic and lighthearted animal-based gameplay is fun and enjoyable. However, the gameplay is just too basic to make this title more than just that, which is a shame when titles like "Viva Pinata" and "Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King" for the Wii offer better managerial-style gameplay.
  3. There’s just not much more to say about it; there was potential here, but it just didn’t go anywhere. The animals aren’t characterized at all, and look and act about as bland as the game feels.
  4. An inoffensive stroll through a dull park. Buy a ticket to the zoo instead. [Apr 2009, p.74]
  5. Kids and maybe some teens will have a good time. Nice side effect: The player learns some facts about the different animals.
  6. 53
    No effort has been put into the presentation here. The game doesn't run smoothly, the forest is unattractive, and the controls aren't user-friendly. Even if EA is aiming at kids here, they deserve a game that's easier to play and makes use of current graphics technology.
  7. SimAnimals is EA's entertaining and uncomplicated answer tot Rare's Viva Piñata, made for those who aren't in the hardcore gaming scene and are looking for a pick-up-and-play game. You control every animal in the same way, and bit by bit the game explains you it's mechanics. The rusty and annoying control scheme however takes away a lot of the fun pretty soon in, making this a game nearly above average.
  8. 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.
  9. 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]
  10. 65
    The problem is that once you move past the initial learning curve, the strategy basically consists of planting plants, waggling around and keeping your animals happy. Ultimately, while collecting new animals is definitely appealing, and the baby animals are particularly cute, the game was too limited for it to be one that I’ll add to my collection and continue to play.
  11. SimAnimals is a good idea but with poor visuals and fiddly controls, this is a wasted opportunity.
  12. Simanimals' general failure is not only about bugs, but it’s related to a generally disappointing gameplay experience. It’s obviously dedicated to a young public, but this doesn’t make allowance for a quality level so low. Our advice, if you want to stick with the franchise, is to get yourself a copy of “My Sims Kingdom”, which will surely satisfy you much more.
  13. A great solid title that may bore people with it’s repetitive nature. The DS version does it better.
User Score

Overwhelming dislike- based on 33 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »