Wild Paradise offers a few novel takes on the virtual pet genre.
Wild Paradise is another “safari”-themed take on the virtual pet genre, letting you raise exotic animals, breed them, then sell them. This time the game casts you as a sort of park ranger, with your animals split up into various habitat areas. While the basic jungle habitat offers a fairly typical animal selection, you can start breeding weird stuff like jellyfish and manatees when you get the aquatic habitat.
Where the trend in social games is to be increasingly stingy with money and other resources, Wild Paradise is relatively generous. You can earn money in the usual way, by releasing adult animals, but you also get chances to earn it by clearing trash off of your park or playing mini-games that spawn every six hours (or so). If you just like to idle in social games and watch the miniature worlds you’ve created, Wild Paradise is probably going to scratch your itch very well.
Most of Wild Paradise’s problems come from just how typical it is for the virtual pet genre. It’s not really any better at letting you raise monkeys than numerous other games that let you try it and its visual style isn’t very memorable. The habitat feature seems likely to help the game become more distinct as it develops, but right now there’s a very barebones feeling to the proceedings. The interface also lacks polish, with information laid out in a confusing way and basic functions like the shop only accessible through tiny icons.
Still, Wild Paradise isn’t a bad game at all. It’s certainly worth a try if you haven’t found a safari-themed game that agrees with you yet, or if you just like the idea of playing the virtual zoo keeper. There’s not much to really command a player’s attention just yet, though, so a cautious player might want to see how this one develops over time. Much of its fun factor is going to come down to how many habitats become available and how interesting the animal selections for them are.