Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Friends: Asian Elephants (Nintendo DS Review)

One of the gifts under the tree for my twins this year was a new game for Nintendo DS: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Friends: Asian Elephants. They’ve really been having a lot of fun with this game! It’s similar to those games where kids take care of pets or babies, but this time they get to take care of a circus elephant!

At the start of the game, players can pick one of five colors for their elephant and give him a name. Throughout the game, they need to make sure that their pachyderm friend eats well, gets enough exercise, and stays clean and healthy. They can dress up their elephant in various costumes and engage him in more than 15 fun activities, such as plate spinning and painting. And they can earn Pachyderm Points to purchase food, toys and costumes. It’s all with the goal of becoming a master elephant trainer!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Friends: Asian Elephants for Nintendo DS is rated E for Everyone. There’s also a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey game available for Wii. Go to to check out both of these terrific, family-friendly games!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:28 AM

    From one Mother to another Mother,
    When Ringling Bros Circus comes to town they really create lots of excitement for our children but as a Parent I have some serious concerns about Ringling Bros Circus, I think it important for other Mothers to know because our position as a Mother is important, this information is not pleasant, abuse never is, but for me to remain silent would to be knowingly perpetuate the abuse of these Circus Elephants and other animals. While the Clowns entertainment is innocent part of the Show, the way Ringling treats their Elephant is abusive, these photos of Ringling elephant trainers forcing a 2 year old baby elephants to do tricks that they will have to perform in the shows, is so sad. Ringling calls it training, but when you use a Hot Shot, a bullhook and ropes tied around the baby elephants legs and groups of men are pulling its legs out from underneath it, I call it animal abuse.
    I explained to my children the reason we don’t go to the Circus is because we care about the humane treatment of these Elephants and all animals, I told them that human and elephants have the same kind of emotional family, mother and daughter elephants in the wild live together their entire life along with aunts and cousins, I explained some of the elephants performing are the same age as they are, and that humans and elephants have the same age progression., My children decided they loved animals and did not want them harmed just to entertain them for a few minutes.
    All I ask is that you look at these photos and read the story of Sammy Haddock who used to work as an elephant trainer for Ringling. You can decide for yourself if this is abuse
    Very Sincerely,
    Ellie’s Mom


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