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Registration date : 2008-07-04

PostSubject: Wildlife Tycoon   Sat Jul 05, 2008 12:41 am

You've never played a Tycoon game like Wildlife Tycoon: Venture Africa! There are no people to please; there is no money to horde; there are only animals. Packs of hungry lions, flocks of devious vultures, epic herds of wildebeests and more fill ecosystems that players create and control. Discover hidden content and unlock tons of animal themed poetry as you strive to become a Wildlife Tycoon!

Wildlife Tycoon: Venture Africa is a game in which players learn the importance of a
balanced ecosystem. Set in Africa, the player must maintain many diverse habitats
including grasslands, waterholes, and desert plains. To accomplish this, the player must learn to balance food, water, and animal population size. The player is not represented in the game as a character that interacts with the animals, but instead
views the game as an outside observer. The player can adjust his/her vantage point
with the keyboard arrows and mouse. By using the right and left arrows and up
(forwards) and down(backwards) arrows, the player can travel over Africa to monitor
his/her developing ecosystem. By using the mouse to click additional up and down arrows on the screen, the player can adjust his/ her height over Africa ranging from ground level to an overlooking aerial view.

The game sends the player on quests suggested as "goals." The player is given goals of what could be favorable for their ecosystem. For example, a text box may appear
advising the player that more shrubbery is needed for the zebras to eat. This would be a quest to obtain and plant more bushes. However, these quests are not required in a specific order. One may choose to refill the waterhole before planting more bushes but should keep in mind the longer he/she puts off the goals, the faster the ecosystem may deteriorate. Also, the difficulty setting that the player selects determines the amount suggestions/goals that are provided by the game. A hard game would require the player to keep track of more of the developing ecosystem without help.

Educational Value

Wildlife Tycoon: Venture Africa teaches the importance of a balanced ecosystem and
preservation of an environment. While some facts of nature are changed to allow the
game to run smoothly (e.g., flamingos only require water to live and thrive), the game instills the understandings of what factors are essential for a thriving population and how alterations can be devastating - a result playing out all over the world today. If the waterhole dries up, the flamingos will lose their homes and all animals will dehydrate; if there is not enough vegetation, animals will starve, etc. The game is appropriate for a wide range of ages because of the three user-selectable difficulty levels: easy, medium, hard. Easier games are more suitable for children for whom this game is their first exposure to the ideas of ecosystem preservation. Harder games are more suitable for those who already have a more developed understanding of these issues and can keep track of a larger area of Africa without aid from the game.

Kid Appeal

Wildlife Tycoon: Venture Africa is most appropriate for ages 6-12 depending on the
difficulty level chosen. Players who love animals and are driven to keep them alive - and not shoot them - will appreciate this program. Lastly, a patient player is ideal. The game is about raising and nurturing the animals to help build a thriving ecosystem, all of which requires dedication from the player.

System Requirements:
Windows 2000/2003/Me/XP
Processor: PII 1 GHz
256 MB RAM
Free hard drive space: 25 MB
3D Video Card 32MB
Sound Card

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