It's too bad because the basic mechanics of SimAnimals would make for a fun game. The Sims franchise is insanely popular for a reason, and growing a community, whether it be man or animal, is rewarding. But no effort has been put into the presentation here. The game doesn't run smoothly, the forest is unattractive, and the controls aren't user-friendly. Even if EA is aiming at kids here, they deserve a game that's easier to play and makes use of current graphics technology. There's a good game buried in here, but we shouldn't have to dig through the muck to find it.