Excerpt: Le concept Sims s'exporte une nouvelle fois mais dans un environnement assez inédit : la nature. SimAnimals ne vous demande pas de vous occuper des dernières tocades d'un humain, mais de respecter les besoins des animaux. Et forcément quand on fait appel aux boules de poils et autres êtres vivants à deux ou quatre pattes, le public ciblé joue en général encore dans des cours d'école.
You play as the hand of nature in this fabulous forest sim.
Common Sense Media
25 June 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a nature simulation game that combines rules found in nature with fantasy. Animals can eat one another, but nothing is shown – all you see is a cloud of dust and then an announcement that an animal has died. Procreation is likewise not shown – animals are seen as being affectionate to one another (as in intertwining necks, etc) and then babies just show up.
Excerpt: You’ve seen a lot of The Sims over the years. In this latest offering, you’ll find one of the most delightful simulations ever — especially if you’re into the outdoors and wildlife. This Wii game includes 60 kinds of wild animals that appear in a typical U.S. forest, including my favorite, the wise and mysterious owl. Learning to play is super easy. Your Wii controller shows a hand icon on the screen.
Excerpt: Name: SimAnimals Genre: Simulation Platform: Nintendo Wii, DS (Reviewed on Wii) The Sims franchise, dating back to SimCity , has been consistently innovative, paving the way for casual games to find their way mainstream while containing a deep-rooted hardcore appeal.
Conclusion: In short, nothing about this version of nature appeared … well, natural.Nintendo’s Wii has the amazing capacity to bring players into games. If only some game makers understood that, maybe “SimAnimals” wouldn’t be for the birds.
Conclusion: Despite being made by a team of multi-cultural multi-belief developers, there will undoubtedly be some people out there screaming 'BLASPHEMMMYYYY' at the top of their lungs when encountered with a game that interprets the holy book of a particular religion in a different way to their own. Is that such a problem? Video games are exactly the medium to do this in, to emphasize different interpretations of the same thing.
Pros: A unique experience, fantastic visuals, deep engaging story.
Cons: Game mechanics too simplistic by today\'s standards. Very little replayability. 3D platforming irritating.
Excerpt: SimAnimals is Electronic Arts’ attempt at combining the inviting and open-ended gameplay style of The Sims with the world of Mother Nature, and it simply does not work. Apart from an appalling presentation on the Wii, the limited potential of simulated animals and their stagnant environment creates a very shallow and unrewarding simulation experience.
Excerpt: SimAnimals is the latest game in the “Sim” franchise, and is obviously targeted at a younger audience. Available for the Wii and DS, it allows players to get up close and personal with the forest and its inhabitants. While younger players will not be able to play through the game on their own, an older sibling or parent can easily pick up a second Wii-remote (up to 4 supported simultanously) and share the experience.