I have 2 kids. (8 and 4). I play games regularly after they go to bed 8-9pm. Depending on the night and whatever shows I want to watch with my wife, I usually play from 9pm to about Midnight. I find that I have plenty of time to play games and usually any game I'd like to.
I play all of my games no on my laptop which I put on a couch table so I can hang out in the living room with the wife while I play.
Apparently there are sheep in Minecraft, I never knew that. But she built pens for the sheep she found. So the animal care aspect could simply be a way to interact with them. It doesn't have to be a free range vet simulator.
For years, I've ignored Minecraft and it's kind of games simply because I was no interested in it. More to the point, I didn't see the appeal for an open world game that has no story and basically never ends. Now that my 8 year old daughter started playing it on her iPod, I can see the appeal. Since she does have an interest in computer games (thank god) I would like to introduce her to something like it on my PC.
So, could you guys recommend to me a game like Minecraft's creative mode? She likes playing the game but not the survival aspect. And as a typical 8yr old girl, any game where she can take care of animals would be a plus.