Wii, DS, Electronic Arts £29.99-£39.99

Chock-full of woodland creatures and set in a

bucolic sandbox environment, SimAnimals

should be just the thing for animal-lovers looking

for some gentle entertainment. But instead it’s a

frustrating affair, thanks to duff graphics,

unforgivable glitches and patchy controls. Instead

of socialising with squirrels, players are more

likely to be damning their DS. The concept is

good and the animals cute, but poor execution

makes this more tragic than magic.