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Zoo Tycoon (DS)
Member Name: debmercury
Zoo Tycoon (DS)
Date: 18/01/09, updated on 20/08/09 (498 review reads)
Advantages: You Get To Build Your Very Own Zoo
Zoo Tycoon D.S comes in a plastic case with a picture of a zoo with a polar bear at the front. Inside the case is the small square disc which you insert into your Nintendo D.S. The instruction booklet and guarantee are also in the case.
~About The Game~
The object of the game is to build and manage your very own zoos whilst keeping your animals and visitors happy. At the start you get a sum of money to help you but later on you have to rely on paying visitors. Zoo Tycoon takes you step by step through the basics of running a successful zoo. From caring for your animals to meeting your financial goals, each scenario features a variety of specific objectives.
The best zoos are usually the result of careful planning , you get better at this as you go along and it does give you tips along the way .
1. Insert the game card of the Zoo Tycoon into the top slot of your Nintendo D.S system. To lock the game card in place, press firmly until the game card is locked.
2. Press the power button to turn power on. the logo screen should appear and you are ready to start building your very own zoo.
Tutorial and Scenario games - Choose from a variety of games.
Freeform Game - Choose from a variety of zoo maps and buid your very own zoo at your own pace.
Card collection - View the cards you have collected, collect all 50 animal cards which are filled with fun and interesting facts on your favourite zoo animals.
Load saved Game - You can play and continue with a saved game.
~Building Your Zoo~
Select the type of fence you want to use from object select screen. You can decide the size of the fence by dragging the cursor to where you want the fence to end. When you are happy with size and shape press DECIDE to purchase fence.
Select the type of path you would like then press the A button to start, the path will end when you press the A button again.
You can put foliage such as plants and trees in your zoo. Each animal likes different foliage so think carefully about your choices. Use the +control pad to move the foliage grabbed by the hand cursor.
You can place rocks in your zoo, but like the foliage each animal likes/dislikes different rocks.
You can select the terrain you want and the height you want it again though different animals are suited to different terrain.
Buildings such as toilets, cafes can be placed in your zoo. Select the type of building and place it where you want it.
Scenery such as water fountains can be placed in your zoo. Select type of scenery and place it in your zoo.
Select type of animal and adopt it for your zoo. Animals can only be placed in an exhibit surrounded by a fence. You can purchase and adopt a menagerie of animals, including lions, giraffes, and tigers!
Select your shelter, making sure its big enough and suitable for your animals and place it in your zoo. Shelters can not be outside the zoo otr in areas where objects are in the way.
Select a toy and place it in your zoo. Different toys are suitable for different animals.
Select you staff Maintenance workers, Tour Guides and Zoo keepers and place them in your zoo. Zoo keepers play an important part in your zoo, they provide food and drink and look after your animals. Zoo keepers can only be placed in an area surrounded by a fence. If you have enough money it is a good idea to have a zoo keeper for every animal enclosure.
You can purchase cards only when you are playing a scenario game. These cards can be viewed from your main menu.
Helps you to keep track of all the exhibits in your zoo.
Helps you to keep track of all your employees.
Shows you all the buildings you have placed in your zoo.
~Graphics And Sound~
The graphics are really good and you can see your animals walking/jumping/swimming around and recognize what they are. The sound is fairly good too, throughout the game you can hear all the animal sounds, which children enjoy and find really funny. The colours and the way the animals move about is also very realistic.
Once you have set up your Zoo you can go back and change it if you are not happy with it or you aren't getting good ratings. At the start I did this numerous times as I kept picking unsuitable choices for my animals ( I wasn't very good to start with and my animals were either unhappy or they died but I soon got the hang of it and fortunately didn't lose too many ) . You get messages along the way to tell you which animals are unhappy and why.
I would recommend this game especially if your child/adult likes animals. Children can learn lots of fun and interesting facts about zoo animals. It is a great fun game to play where children/adults can let their imagination run really wild. Zoo Tycoon takes a lot of thought and care, it also teaches children/adults about the things that different animals like and dislike. Zoo Tycoon is also great for teaching children that looking after animals and running your own zoo is not that easy . Now go on start monkying around and create your very own zoo.
~Price and availability~
Available form most game shops and online. I bought mine from Game and it cost me £15.00.
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