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Zoo Hospital (Wii)

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      21.07.2010 21:46
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      This could have been a nice game, but lack of depth and instruction makes this ultimately wearing

      The aim of Zoo Hospital, you may be unsurprised to learn, is to progress in your career as a zoo vet by successfully treating different animals. Different animals require different treatments, so you practice a range of techniques as you go along.

      So far so good. I bought this on offer (£10 from Tesco) in winter when I was feeling ill, as it seemed like a gentle little game to while away some hours. Unfortunately, the game is initially tricky to figure out. The first challenge - a baboon - took my boyfriend and I an hour to crack. We simply couldn't get the thing to respond, despite following (or so we thought) the instructions on screen. We refused to give up, and finally we managed to get past the stage, but the tips that kept flashing up were too vague to be helpful. We'd only achieved it by blind luck.

      We did wonder on that first animal if the challenge was intended to last that long, although thankfully that wasn't the case. If performed correctly, each challenge will only take a few moments.

      Sadly, although some subsequent tasks were simple, other were similarly frustrating.

      The other issue is that the game is fairly dull. Completion of a procedure rewards you with a screen of the animal back in its enclosure and not much else. The treatments themselves involve aping procedures with the Wii remote and nunchuck, but are repetitive.

      Obviously, I wasn't the target audience - this is a game intended for animal-mad children - but I can't see many young kids having the patience to persevere with the hard-to-get tasks when the set-up of the game is so unrewarding. There are some facts on each animal that are a nice touch for children, but these are fairly minimal.

      I eventually gave up the game without making mush progress, and I haven't put the disk in since. Perhaps a child who's really into becoming a vet or doctor might enjoy playing at doing stiches or injections with the Wii remote. Anyone else is likely to find it tedious.

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