Animal Jam

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Good
  • Blends an enjoyable virtual world with education of animals through gameplay
  • Diverse game world full of locations and fun side activities
Bad
  • Utilises smaller hub areas compared to other games which require lots of loading screens to move between areas which can quickly add up and slow down the game experience
8

Animal Jam is a virtual world for children that incorporates real animal and plant facts into fun storylines that are supported by National Geographic educational content. Ideal for the curious child gamer Animal Jam also offers a range of social and game mechanics within its virtual world locations to encourage engagement with a child, tween and even teenager audience.

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Given the audience in mind Animal Jam avoids offering outside advertising in its game experience supporting itself through premium game memberships. This approach also extends to all elements of the virtual world with a consistent theme of safety, education and fun mixed together across social, game and learning features of Animal Jam. The education focus of Animal Jam varies to ensure there is something for everyone and includes topics such as planet conservation, wildlife, global awareness, teamwork and other similar themes. Meanwhile on the safety front one feature that offers parents more control when compared to similar games is the Parent Dashboard where they can manage access and chat options for their child.

Animal Jam is available within an internet browser along with mobile apps and a downloadable Animal Jam client or through Steam. Animal Jam launched in 2010 after being developed by Smart Bomb Interactive, despite launching well after the success of the likes of Club Penguin this turned into the ultimate strength of the game as it was able to leverage advances in technology to pack more into the virtual world.

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Set in the world of Jamaa Animal Jam is constantly evolving through game updates to create new and exciting experiences. This includes new customisation items, new game areas and updated education pieces that tie into recent world events and environmental disasters. The world of Jamaa offers a number of different environments to explore with each offering different games, shops and facts to explore with forests, lakes and other popular animal habitats being represented virtually.

Customisation items in particularly are a popular component of Animal Jam updates which players can use to customise their own avatar or decorate their home (known as a den). Like any social based virtual world top tier and rare items often create envious onlookers and serve as a way to demonstrate your commitment to the Animal Jam world requiring hours of dedicated gameplay. Other core activities in Animal Jam include the ability to adopt pets, chat with others, trade, gift, party and play games (single and multiplayer).

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Each of these activities ties in closely with the game currency in Animal Jam which ties back into the customisation and shopping where items such as accessories, items, pets and avatars. The Animal Jam Club which serves as the paid membership option expands on all of these options with member exclusive items, additional pets, den upgrades and monthly reward gifts.

When its all combined together in the Animal Jam experience it’s clear why the game has retained an audience for such a length of time especially while other related games (such as Club Penguin or ToonTown Online) have been shutting down over recent years.

Summary:

  • Perfect game for players who love animals or want to learn more about the environment.
  • Learn about animals, conservation and plants while exploring and engaging with the virtual world.
  • Parent Dashboard lets parents alter settings to keep their child safe.
  • Packed with free to play content that offers customisation, games, shopping and more.
  • Affordable Animal Jam Club unlocks even more content including exclusive items and monthly gifts.

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Review Platform: PC

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Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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20 COMMENTS
  1. thank you this is very useful

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  2. I love this game.

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  3. Love this game so much, I’ve played for years, I just wish I could find another game just like this one! :)

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  4. Best game ever!

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  5. i love animaljam

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  6. Awesome and LOADS of fun. This is my favorite game.

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  7. STAR86 is butter you can to is:play mini games,make music,get friends,build,custemize your charter,bettur creater with ceating a charter. that is all the facts that it’s butter

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    • They closed Star86

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    • Learn to spell correctly.

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  8. Animal Jam is fun all thou i find boring waiting for updates XD other then that im addicted to it .O. No matter i still love it <3 :3 – Gabby Wolf

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  9. Ok so i used my username happyrabbithophop2 in case u were wondeing wat that was about XD Ok so ppl, AJ is like the best game ever cuz u get to meet friends, have pets, be many animals if ur a member, have den and personal items, and learn a bout wildlife! Soooooo much fun guyz! Plz buddy me if u have an account thx! XD

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  10. i.. i am speechless… it is the best game ever nothing can replace this game

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  11. I think it is a great game. But if your on the older side I think you should play something a little more older for your age. If your maybe 7-13 I think this game would be for you. Now if your older don’t worry that’s just a recommendation. You can do some fun stuff and there’s “Adventures” where you can earn fun items and you can go trade them but make sure not to get crazily addicted to trading. Your also going to run into scammers. Dont fall for these “FLAME ME” things. Scammers are easy to detect and after I was scammed once I never was scammed again. People are just greedy for items so don’t fall for these tricks.

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  12. I am complaining about this game since I only get 2 pets and Heidi teddy has millions! I am very very disappointed with you animal jam this game is UNFAIR

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    • Of course you only get two pet’s if your non-member Heidi teddy is obviously a member so she get’s to have more different pet’s than you. you just have to be a member to get more pet’s simples

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  13. Leah, just compare this epic pure game to Club Penguin, see? Just when you buy the 4 only items in CP, you’re basically done playing that game. So, be grateful for having millions of items for NM and stop being a hater. :I

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  14. If You Like Animal Jam more click Yes, if you like Club Penguin more click no

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  15. The community can be really toxic (rude or unpleasant if you have no idea what I mean other than toxic waste), and members have a lot of benefits however I have seen some updates of Animal Jam being more layed back to non-members so they can enjoy more benefits. The membership is called “The Club”, probably because in the testing stage there was Club Geoz (or at least something similar) and at the time only members could go in there.

    There’s some pretty good facts hidden in there but most players pick to just do the fun stuff, even if the educational stuff can be fun too :<

    There's membership cards at Target and Walmart, so you don't need to buy the membership online and you can have your own child save up for a membership card ^-^

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  16. THIS GAME IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD THAT GAME IS SO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

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  17. Hey aj

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