In Lion: A Wildlife Simulation, you can choose to play as a specific lion (each lion is rated in endurance, hunger tolerance, and strength) or a pride of five as you try to complete twenty scenarios, ranging from finding a missing cub to escaping the tranquilizer guns of a zoo crew. If you would rather roam the land by yourself, you can select an open-ended simulation and just try to survive.
Both the simulation and scenario modes are played from an overhead view of the Serengeti, spanning 1,600 game screens across and more than 3,500 screens down. Since this is a simulation designed to replicate the life of a lion, you'll have to take time to rest, play with other lions in the pride, hunt prey, group hunt, eat and drink, fight with other lions, and even mate.
Each lion has three senses that will help him or her survive: sight, hearing and smell. Using these abilities wisely could mean the difference between your lion finding animals to eat and dying of starvation. There are also deadly poachers, hyenas and the Masai warriors, who will attack with spears if their cattle is threatened. Options include choosing the amount of prey in the world, climate (dry, normal, or rainy), difficulty level, number of poachers, and game duration (six months, one year, three years, eight years or infinity).
The game also includes a multimedia Lion Safari option, where you can learn more about lion origins, hunting patterns, prides, nomads, and communication patterns.
Lion is a sequel to Wolf: you are now placed in the same simulation environment, but this time you simulate a....you guessed it, a lion.
As in the original you take the role of a lion chosen from a pool of 20 different animals, with varying attributes, in existing prides or handpicked groups made by yourself. You can control a single animal or all members of a pride and you get to play in either a 20-mission mode (such as survive for a day) or a simulation mode, which allows you to do whatever you want.
Unlike Wolf, which takes place in three different locales, Lion is played only on the savannas and plains of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania (tough in four different seasons).
Also includes a "Lion Safari", an interactive tour of the leonine life on the Serengeti.
After a very unique wild life simulation called Wolf, the Manley and Associates, Inc. made a follow up (this really can't be a sequel) entitled Lion.
As the title itself suggests, you are a lion. Just like with Wolf you will again play a predator in the wilderness trying to survive. The scenarios are different, for if nothing else, you're a much bigger animal now in a completely different habitat and with different characteristics.
Again you are controlling your animal, need to hunt pray and eat it, find water and drink it, find a mating partner and **** it etc.
There are several specimens to choose from (all of the royal animal family - LION). Each will have different strengths and weaknesses. The game also includes quite a elaborate documentation which will guide you through the habitat of these majestic cats, but for the sake of size many things have been omitted. So unfortunately you will not be able to watch some of the material about lions, but you will however still be able to get all the basic information needed to play.
The graphics in the game are solid 256 color VGA graphics, but they haven't improved any over the previous game of the series. Neither has the sound, but then again, this is also something you will have to forgive us for not adding, the archive would be much larger that way.
The game is fully mouse controllable, and the menus (once you start the simulation or a scenario) are all below the main screen with all the action going on. There are also the indicators of hunger and thirst and similar. The further you move the mouse arrow in a direction, the faster your lion will move, but remember that lions sleep up to 20 hours a day, so they will not endure fast sprints for a longer period of time.
In short, if you liked Wolf, you will surely want to try Lion and if you never heard of either yet, this is a great opportunity to try one or both. I'd still recommend Wolf a bit more, if nothing else it's the first game of the series and it does seem more original.
PC Gamer said it all: "With Wolf, Sanctuary Woods [produced] a roleplaying simulation that detailed the everyday life of wolves in the wild. By challenging the player's skill in hunting, killing, mating, and survival... Lion isn't quite the step beyond Wolf you might expect, but it does have its nice little touches... You can use the long grass to creep up on your prey; vultures circle overhead at the kill site; and your eyes glow a fierce amber in the darkness of the savanna night. This fresh approach to "edutainment" painlessly enlightened us, while entertaining as few games have done before." Definitely the best animal simulations ever made that successfully combine fun, realism, and educational content. Highly recommended!
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