This is an educational game that introduces children to the ecology that takes place just outside their door. Join Elinor’s friend Olive Elephant as she explores the habitat that exists in her backyard.
Build your own meadow ecosystem based on life that you can find in a backyard.
Learn about the animals and plants found in your backyard and how they interact with one another.
See how plants and animals form a flourishing, thriving community so close to your home.
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Elinor Backyard Life Nature Simulator Game for Kids Game Play Instructions
How to Play
Create a flourishing backyard meadow ecosystem. Observe the interactions of the plants and animals that live there.
Starting the Game
On the welcome screen, select the play button below the title of the game.
A cut scene will play when you open the game for the first time.
The cutscene will not play again the next time you load the game.
Elinor’s friend Olive will narrate the game and will serve as the game’s tutorial.
If you’re playing for the second time, you have the option to build a new habitat or revisit an old one..
Your local browser will automatically save your game progress.
Using your mouse, left click to select and move items.
Drag items to where you want to place them.
Use your fingers like a mouse.
Setting up the habitat
Select items from the list to build and populate the habitat.
Start with sticks, rocks, and plants.
Introduce small animals.
The animals and plants featured in this habitat are typically found in North American open grassland and forest.
This specific environment can usually be found (and easy to recreate) in suburban backyards.
Open Olive’s book to find out more about the plants, animals, and other items in the habitat.
Select the book to the right of the selection menu to open it.
Each time you click on a plant, animal, or item, Olive will describe it.
Olive will provide up to two facts per specimen.
Close the book again to resume placement.
To add more animals, select the next button on the lower right corner of the screen.
You start at the ground level. Each time you finish populating a level, you can go up.
Keep populating the habitat until you’ve created a flourishing ecosystem from top to bottom.
Once you’ve completed a habitat, you can’t add any more animals.
Create a new habitat to unlock new animals.
You can save up to 3 habitats in your browser.
Observing the animals
Animals within the habitat act as they would in nature, albeit in a kid-friendly way.
Expect predatory animals to eat smaller animals, showcasing the circle of life.
Open Olive’s book to learn more about the animals, plants, and objects you encounter before placing them.
To learn more about animals already in the environment, use the magnifying glass.
Unlike with the book, Olive will identify observable things about the animal or plant.
This game is suitable for young nature lovers. It is an excellent way to introduce young children to the basics of ecology.
The game has no adult content.
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Mobile Friendly Cross Browser Support
This game is rendered in mobile-friendly HTML5, so it offers cross-device gameplay. You can play it on mobile devices like Apple iPhones, Google Android powered cell phones from manufactures like Samsung, tablets like the iPad or Kindle Fire, laptops, and Windows-powered desktop computers. All game files are stored locally in your web browser cache. This game works in Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and other modern web browsers.
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