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GF Rating
4.8

307 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
7

Good

If you like "Endless Ocean"...

posted by aafaa7 (UXBRIDGE, MA) Oct 22, 2008

Member since Jul 2008

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

...I think you'll enjoy this game. It is fairly laid-back like "Endless Ocean", but much more engaging. You still have to find animals, but you have to get their picture - without getting attacked! I do agree with some of the other reviews in that the graphics of the flying birds are horrible, and the mini-games that you unlock as you complete missions are not even worth playing. But if you're looking for a relaxing, interactive education about African wildlife, you just might enjoy this game.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Enjoyment for Animal Lovers

posted by Moodys13 (LEXINGTON, SC) Oct 4, 2008

Member since Sep 2008

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

While the game can seem slow with excessive play, it is still very enjoyable and worth the time. The game teaches you about animals as you work to get the perfect photo. Controls are easy to use as is the game play. It's not one of the more active Wii games, but is a nice change of pace. I highly recommend this game for those that have wanted to venture out on safari, but cannot for whatever reason.

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GF Rating
4

Weak

It's "Mild Earth: African Safari"

posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Apr 30, 2008

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Member since Jan 2008

6 out of 8 gamers (75%) found this review helpful

WILD EARTH: AFRICAN SAFARI is an interesting twist on the shooting game. Instead of shooting weapons at your targets, you are taking pictures of the targets, mostly animals doing what they naturally do about Africa.
Each of the 11 stages play out the same way: you go from point A to point B. Along the way, a ever changing list of objects or animals appears on the screen, and you have to find those animals or objects and take pictures. There's a set number of pictures you have to take each stage in order to pass it.
If you get too close too the animals, the game warns you. Do it too often, you'll have to restart the assignment.
The controls are for the most part easy. You walk about using the thumb stick, scan through the area with the Wiimote, zoom in and out and snap your shot using the buttons.
However, driving the car gets very tough because the car bumps too much and it's too easy to lose your bearings. That's a minor problem.
A major problem this game has is its graphics. To put it bluntly, this game looks putrid. The animals don't look nearly like their real life counterparts (the vultures look like feathers attached to poles and a wire frame.) The scenery is bland and the action is toned down in the wrong way.
There are many times during the game where we spot a carnivore capture its prey, then it pokes its nose at the prey, and the game says the predator is "eating." Doesn't look like that to me.
A second problem is content. I got though all 11 missions in less than six hours, and I have no desire to play them a second time.
A final problem is the mini games you unlock after every successful photo shoot. These mini games feel like an after thought; they weren't fun and the controls were clunky.
If you're into nature, I'd suggest you check out PBS, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, a nature documentary on DVD, or for the best of the bunch, the DVD collection named PLANET EARTH. You'll get more about African wildlife than here.

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