Your backpack can store seeds, animals that you have befriended and even a lake’s worth of water. Befriending an animal is a process that involves feeding it and winning its trust so that you can pet and play with it. It may even turn over and let you tickle its stomach. There are many things that make this game so compelling, including outstanding graphics, lyrical music and a fabulous artificial intelligence, but the most attractive feature is that this game lets you explore the delicate balances found in nature. You can learn what each animal and plant needs, how different animals react to each other and the effects of pollution on the forest. Electronic Arts consulted with an animal behaviorist so much of the information presented in the game is true to nature. There’s even an encyclopedia that helps you figure out what animals eat and what plants need.
ABC News reviews SimAnimals