"If you're a "Sims" fan, you'll likely enjoy "SimAnimals." It's an engrossing game that, like the rest of the "Sims" games, offers completely open-ended gameplay, many interesting challenges and endless potential for micromanagement and busywork. If you're a "Viva Pinata" fan, you may find "SimAnimals'" animal interactions too shallow. There's no naming your animals, dressing them up or teaching them circus tricks. Though you can alter your animals' behavior through conditioning, they always remain wild animals and are never pets. Perhaps, though, this is the yet another lesson of "SimAnimals."