SimAnimals review

Cuddly bunnies: hypnotic, or sleep-inducing?


  • Better presentation than on Wii
  • Quite charming
  • Worth replaying for the atmosphere


  • Terribly sedate
  • Not challenging enough
  • Often illogical in its design

As with the Wii version of Sim Animals, the DS game puts you in charge of managing a woodland ecosystem. Plants need to be tended, and a range of animals will move in, take a look around, maybe eat some of your plants (or each other) and then either settle down or move out. Keeping these animals happy – by making sure they’ve got food and shelter and aren’t being bothered by predators – will bump up a ‘smile-ometer’ thingy. Fill it and you’ll move to the next level.

It’s terribly sedate and not that challenging, or particularly logical at times, but it’s well-presented (far better than on Wii) and very charming, even if you’re not normally won over by ickle bunnies. Even after you’ve ambled through the objectives you may well come back to zone out to the ‘forest noises’ soundtrack.

Feb 26, 2009

More Info

DescriptionStrive for balance and harmony in your own patch of forest in this inventive little Sims spin-off, just don't get too attached to the cute animals being eyed by the predators.
Franchise nameThe Sims
UK franchise nameThe Sims
PlatformWii, DS
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating3+
Release date21 January 2009 (US), 30 January 2009 (UK)