One of the nice things about being a part of something as historic as Family Friendly Gaming is getting play upper echelon games like Animal Paradise on the Nintendo DS. I do not throw that phrase around lightly. Empire Interactive included eighteen different animals in this game. The main storyline revolves around taking pictures of the animals. The animals only let pictures be taken when the player has earned their trust enough.
I absolutely adore the graphics in Animal Paradise. The animals animate as they should. The digital renditions of each of the animals look amazingly realistic. Quite often I would want to actually pet certain animals, so the touch screen of the DS works almost as good as the real thing. Of course playing with and petting a living breathing animal is always going to be better. The pictures of the animals that are unlocked are of wallpaper quality. I did not find any offensive images in Animal Paradise at all.
The music in Animal Paradise is top notch. I enjoy the animal sounds, especially the different puppies. I really like the storyline that revolves around gaining trust of the animals, and the photography element too. I love to play games like Animal Paradise because there is no offensive sounds or language in it.
Empire Interactive included a lot of unlockable content. This content ranges from pictures to mini games. The eighteen different animals also adds some depth to this Nintendo DS video game. Animal Paradise is one of the games that I feel is worth the price of admission. I feel that there is so much to discover in this game that it is also worth your time.
The touch screen controls, and interaction with the animals is great. Animal Paradise is like Nintendogs, but with a whole lot more different animals (editor: there are puppies in this game). I do have one minor quibble with Animal Paradise though. That issue is the diversity of the gameplay when interacting with the animals themselves. There is little difference between caring for a dog, cat, hamster, etc. Some variety there would have been nice. The mini games ease the pressure off that in my opinion though.
Animal Paradise teaches earning trust, taking care of animals, and
appreciating beauty in God's creation (editor: even though the game does
not mention God). I would love to see a sequel to Animal Paradise, and
maybe even a Wii version of this game.
Family Friendly Factor: 98%
System: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Empire Interactive
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone
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