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Genre: Simulation - Animal life / Biological

Group Description

Unlike human life simulations, biological simulations simulate animal life in general, life of specific kinds of animals/creatures, their evolution, etc. The creature in question can also be fictional (e.g. in Creatures series).

Limitations:
  • There are many games in which the player character is an animal, antropomorphic or not. However, this group only includes simulation games. The difference is clear if you compare Lion to Lion King.
  • Games in which only human life is simulated should not be included in this group.
  • Games that specifically simulate human interactions with a pet should not be included in this group.
  • Zoo / wildlife park managerial simulations have their own group, and shouldn't be listed unless they also focus on ecological and biological aspects (e.g. SimPark).

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Game TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
SimLife1992Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMaxis Software Inc.2.64
SimEarth: The Living Planet1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA CD, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Windows 3.xFCI2.93
Spore + Spore: Creepy & Cute Parts Pack2008Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.00
Creatures 21998WindowsMindscape, Inc.3.08
Spore Origins2008Android, BlackBerry, BREW, iPhone, iPod Classic, J2ME, N-Gage (service), Symbian, Windows MobileEA Mobile3.20
Animal Quest1996DOSAlive Software3.20
Shelter2013Macintosh, WindowsMight and Delight AB3.31
Creatures1996Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, PlayStation, Windows, Windows 3.xMindscape, Inc.3.50
Spore2008Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.55
SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony1991Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNES, Windows 3.xMaxis Software Inc.3.67
Odell Down Under1994Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xMECC3.71
Creatures 31999WindowsMindscape, Inc.3.79
SimPark1996Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xMaxis Software Inc.3.80
Creatures Docking Station2001Linux, WindowsCreature Labs Ltd.3.83
Creatures Adventures1999WindowsMindscape, Inc.3.92
Wolf1994DOSSanctuary Woods, Inc.3.95
Spore Creature Creator2008Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.00
Creatures Deluxe1998WindowsMindscape, Inc.4.54
Odell Lake1986Apple II, Commodore 64MECC4.60
Lion1995DOS, Windows 3.xSanctuary Woods, Inc.4.77
Creatures 2: Life Kit #11998WindowsMindscape, Inc....
Creatures 2: Life Kit #21999Windows...
Creatures 2 Deluxe1998WindowsMindscape, Inc....
Creatures: The Albian Years2004WindowsFusion Software...
Creatures: Life Kit #11997Macintosh, WindowsMindscape, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Creatures 3 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Creatures 3
SimLife DOS Front Cover
Front cover for SimLife
SimPark Windows Front Cover
Front cover for SimPark

Selected Screenshots

Parental controls dialog where parents can even specify a child's bedtime.
Screenshot from Creatures Adventures
Title screen
Screenshot from SimLife
Title screen
Screenshot from SimPark
Open Screen with Fish
Screenshot from Odell Down Under