Windows - 1998
Description of SimSafari
Yet another entry in Maxis' popular "Sim..." series, SimSafari is a fun game for kids that let you build your own park and camp area, populating them with animals of your choice.
As befits a game designed primarily for kids, SimSafari is very easy. You basically just click on what you want to buy (buildings, animals, plants, cars, and so on) from pop-up menus, then click the location you want to place it. That's all there is to the game, and similar to SimTown this is more of a "toy" than a real game.
Since you start the game with far too much money than you'll ever need and everything is very cheap, there is never a danger of running out of money, which is the only way to 'lose' in this game. In the rare case that you are not sure what to do next, you need to just click on the "advice" button to let the game tell you exactly what to do.
On the upside, the graphics are very nice - you can even tell apart the different plant species, and notice little realistic details such as sunshine reflecting off car's roofs. And young kids in your house will probably like building their own safari and seeing the animals run around and interact with the environment (as well as spectators).
Recommended only for very young gamers in the house. For a real strategy game about running zoos, check out recent titles like Seaworld Tycoon instead.
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
Vyck 2020-08-09 1 point
I followed the instructions Matt left about Mounting the ISO. I did that and found the ENSETUP folder and nothing happens :/ Please advice
Joe 2020-06-30 1 point
If you download the game as zip you need to edit the ini file and change the file paths there to the correct ones
butz 2020-05-04 1 point
If having problems with installer, download 32-bit installer https://community.pcgamingwiki.com/files/file/364-installshield-5-32-bit-generic-installer/
Franzirene 2020-04-12 -3 points
I can download the game just fine but when I try to install it it says unsupported 16-bit application. What do I need to do?
Kaz 2020-03-18 0 point
many thanks Matt. your comment helped me to install simsafari on my computer.
matt 2019-06-06 12 points
I did this to install on Windows 10 successfully:
1) Download the ISO version.
2) Mount the ISO. Look this up on google if you don't know how to do this.
3) Navigate to the SETUP folder on the mounted DVD image.
4) Install using ENSETUP.EXE
Try that and you should be set.
Billz 2019-01-18 4 points
I really like simsafari, unfortunately I can't install this on my computer.
I think something is wrong with the files on this website.
None of the versions worked.
Cyn 2018-09-18 11 points
I obsessed over this game when I was a kid. I could get a 5 star park in like 15 minutes. A decade later, I got a job driving the safari truck at Disney World and my trainer was in shock that I knew every animal already, including the kudus and guineafowl. It was a proud day. lol
Dogo 2018-05-31 0 point
I remember this game from back when I was a kid. Like the reviewer commented, it is like SimTown and the other games from the Sim like aimed to younger audiences. It is a mix between a toy and an educational game, teaching a little about biodiversity and balance, like migratory events (as in: in dry seasons the animals leave to look for food, or if it is an overabundance of food and no predators you'll face a populational explosion of a certain species). Not challenging, but it can be fun for kids.
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