Dreamy Dream Zoo

Thursday, January 5, 2012 @ 11:01 AM
posted by mrscaz

Oh, iPhone, you never let me down… In a world, where I am being pummeled (yes pummeled, my assistant is a brute) with kids belts deadlines and decisions, I can still sneak off into the corner of the room and indulge in a little dreamy escape called “Dream Zoo”.

I know that my app obsessions change weekly, sometimes daily, ok, sometimes several times daily, but that’s ok, right, whatever keeps mama happy… or sane… whichever the case may be and for me it’s iPhone apps. What’s the harm? The majority are free and if they aren’t, $0.99 isn’t too bad (I know I am sounding a bit hypocritical after my Value of a Dollar post, but don’t judge me).

This weeks app is Dream Zoo, its an addictive time suck. The people at Zynga have done it again. They have created some of my favorite games and Dream Zoo has not let me down.

The premise behind the game is to build your dream zoo. You start off with a small piece of property and an animal and go from there. Everything you do earns you more coins, hearts and bills. You can use those as forms of payment when purchasing more land, animals, decor, storks and such. You can interact with other (friends or random people) zoos to earn more hearts and coins. You can breed your animals to create champion bloodlines. The possibilities are endless. The animals even need to be fed and bathed!

I have also realized that the people who design and sell these apps are genius’. They suck you into playing and then sell you little bits of nothing for $.99 here and $.99 there. To be clear, I still have not spent any extra money on this game. I patiently wait to earn the hearts/coins/bills needed to “purchase” whatever it is I want. However, I am sure that there are a whole lot of people who do participate in those in-app purchases. Wow… maybe I am in the wrong business.

Anyway, back to Dream Zoo. There are a few things that I am not so crazy about when it comes to this app. It crashes a little more than I would like which is frustrating. It’s also such a new app that there isn’t much support out there (even on Zynga’s website) and there are no instructions anywhere that I can find. I sort of feel like their guinea pig in the testing phase, but I can play for free, so I’m not complaining… too much anyway.

If you have an iPhone, iPod, iPad, iWhatever, you should download it and see what all the fuss is about and if you want to add me as your neighbor (code RVHMLB), that wouldn’t be a bad thing!


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