Have you ever wondered what it would be like to care for animals at the zoo? If the answer to that question is a yes, then Zoo Hospital on the Nintendo DS is for you. Plenty of zoo quality animals are found within this cartridge. Many of them wind up getting sick, and our job is to make them feel better. When animals get cured by the player, then another one joins the zoo. Majesco Entertainment made sure to include a nice little bit of information on each of the exotic animals to make this game a neat learning experience. How useful that information is, is well debatable.
There are some very nice 3D models, and pictures of the different animals. Healing a King Cobra is very different from a Lion in the visual department. Animals have some nice celebration animation after the player cures whatever ails them. The mini games that are used to diagnose and cure are simple, but very efficient.
Zoo Hospital has some great animal sounds that made me feel like I was at a zoo. No I am not talking about the zoo of Family Friendly Gaming, but a real zoo with all kinds of exotic animals. I only found one small mention of animals in the ape family being related to humans. This does not reach the level of the religious ideology of evolution. Which is something I am very thankful of, for information can be imparted without going into that.
There are plenty of different problems, and animals to find in Zoo Hospital. Children will find this a fun, and rewarding experience to play. In my humble opinion this is the kind of a video game that is worth your hard earned dollars.
The only issue I have with Zoo Hospital is the game play section. There is little challenge in solving the problems with the animals. If I did not operate in the proper diagnosis portion the game would return to the zoo screen. Thus I could go right back and do that diagnostic and operate. The game also allows the player to check every other possible problem even if it does not sound related. Definitely for kids, because adults will find no challenge in this game whatsoever.
I have to question what kind of zoo
is being run in this game if so many animals can ingest poisons and
items like spoons. Some of the same animals would get the same problems
repeatedly. No wonder they need a physician. All joking aside, this is a
nice game for kids where they can have some fun and learn about animals.
I am hoping for some sequels that will flesh this idea out.
Family Friendly Factor: 91%
System: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Breakthrough Gaming
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone
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