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Genre: Simulation / Publisher: Microsoft / Platform(s): Windows / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / Media: CD-ROM

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      28.05.2013 18:18
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      For animal lovers or not, a fun and educational game for all ages

      Zoo Tycoon 2, the next series in line after Zoo Tycoon. Created by Blue Fang Games in 2004, now's the time to live out your dream of being a Zoo keeper!

      To start with, there are different gameplay modes to explore. If you want to have a play and get used to the controls and screen layout, Freefrom is the best place to begin. You can choose which terrain to start with (grassland, savannah, desert etc) and start with a completely empty zoo which you need to build up. However, there are some restrictions on what animals you can buy and objects/buildings as well. But more animals and buildings/objects will become available via completing other modes. Plus you can only build within the Zoo walls but you have unlimited money to play with.

      To make locked animals and objects/buildings available you need to play through different missions. These are the Scenario and Challenges games. In these games you have limited money and goals that have to be completed, some more harder than others. For example, you could be asked to create the perfect habitat for a clouded leopard. There are also photograph challenges as well, where you are asked to take a specific picture of an animal or visitor. Challenges get harder the more you progress. Animals are also of limited availability and certain objects need to be researched before being able to purchase. You must keep the Zoo in profit otherwise you will have to restart, so spend strategically!

      Campaign mode is again involving different Zoos where you have to complete goals. These goals can include rescuing abused animals, creating different exhibits and breeding certain animals. Plus taking an average Zoo and turning into an amazing Zoo in a certain time limit. Once you complete the goals, you move on to a new campaign and open up new objects/buildings to buy. Campaign mode also has the tutorial mode in if you need help with the controls and gameplay.

      So, with any Zoo you of course need animals! There are 30 available but some need to be unlocked through various challenges. From lions to hippos, flamingos to okapis and chimpanzee to peacocks, there is lots of variety when creating your Zoo. You must meet the needs of your animals, providing them with food, water, shelter, stimulation and a habitat that suits them. With various rocks, trees and shrubs available to each different biome, your lions can sit under the baobab tree whilst the snow leopard near by climb up your man made cliffs. There is a terra-forming tool to be used to take your Zoo and enclosures to literally, a whole different level. Creating valleys, cliffs, hills and adding ponds, lakes to your landscape and even waterfalls to make beautiful realistic environments for the animals, with the help of the water biome. The biome tool is really easy to use and you can toggle the size of the area you wish to change. So adding a pond to a wetlands exhibit to keep the hippos happy has never been easier.

      To create your exhibits, you need to think about what animals you are placing in there to determine the size and what type of fence to use. After all, you can't use a wood fence to keep in rhinos or a small fence to keep in lions. There are many different varieties of fences at your disposal, including the more ornate looking, to place around paths to make your Zoo look nice. If you don't create exhibits big enough for the animals occupying it, they will not be happy. So fence out an area first and see if it needs to be bigger. You can add more than one breed of animal in an exhibit, as long as they live in the same same terrain and using common sense, by not placing a carnivore in there. For example, having a big savannah exhibit with giraffes, gazelles, zebras and not adding lions! You can select which sex of animal to buy as well, so you can have a breeding pair and create a little herd or pack. If you end up with too many of a certain animal or need to add some new DNA in, you can send animals off to be adopted by another Zoo.

      Different types of paths, fountains, buildings and statues can be placed around your zoo as well, so you can make parts of the Zoo into a different theme. For example, having a tundra area or savannah zone. You an also build viewing platforms for visitors, sky trams and jeep tours. Sky trams can be built really easily and opens up a new view of the Zoo for the visitors. As do the jeep tours, but again, think about what exhibits to use the jeep tours in. There are shops, many different food and drink kiosks, ATM's, desert carts and playgrounds to be bought to make your Zoo an all round great experience. Don't forget placing bins, benches and toilets around the Zoo to keep visitors happy. Donation boxes is what you need plenty off as this is where you make your most money. Placing a couple near each exhibit will bring in the money to run your Zoo.

      To keep the Zoo running, you need staff. These include zoo keepers, which you can order to look after certain exhibits. If you need to save money, you can do this yourself in zoo keeper mode! This is a really cool mode where you go from looking down on your Zoo when managing it, too first person walking about the Zoo. You can enter different exhibits, clean up the poop, place more food and water and if there sick, treat the animals. Then you may want to ride the sky tram and jeep tours, clean up litter and empty bins or just simply walk about looking at the animals. Maintenance workers can be hired to keep the park clean. Educators to teach visitors about the animals they are nearest too. You need a podium for the educators, otherwise they wont do anything. You also need a staff center to keep all your workers happy.

      Conclusion: This is a really fun game which you can just fall into and play forever. Okay, you may get a little bored after a little while. But everyone has a dream of becoming a zoo keeper one time in there life?! Now you can do it without the smell and the risk of being bitten! If you want to have some extra, perhaps wrong kind of fun, you can pause the game and pick up a visitor and place them in one of the exhibits for a laugh, or even 'accidently' release a chimp out of its cage. A warning though, this will affect you visitor happiness rating. One of the major plus points is this game is a mixture of a fantastic animal/business sim, but also very educational. With a real encyclopaedia available to use any time in game, you can read up information of any animal in your Zoo! I have learnt an incredible amount of facts about different animals due too this game. So this game is rare as it mixes fun and education and yet, still doesn't feel like a school lesson! The graphics aren't ground breaking and the audio is a bit monotonous. But going into one of the exhibits and walking around with animals that do look realistic and amazing looking waterfalls, who cares. There are very few bad points and the positives easily outweigh them. There are also expansion backs available to expand your Zoo even more. If you want to be a zoo keeper, by a touch of a button and under a tenner (currently just over £9 at Amazon), you can make your dreams come true, well virtually true...

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        29.02.2012 18:54
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        Creative and unusual for all animal lovers!

        I asked for this game for a Christmas present and since then have played it alot. It's a style of game that I've never played before and I actually really love it!

        What's best for me is the combination of constructing your zoo how you like, and being able to get up close and personal with tons of animals.

        The game is based around different modes...

        - You can play a campain game, in which you are given limited money and items. In this mode, you are given a challenge to complete relating to your animals, sometimes in a set amount of time. Whilst completing the challenges you still need to cater for guests and take care of your animals! Completing campain games unlocks some items.

        - You can play a challenge game, where you choose your own map and start building. You still have limited money, items and animal choices though so it's up to you to increase your zoos fame and get more money from visitors as you go along. You will also get some optional challenges to complete in this mode which may increase your fame or your money. Completing some of these otional challenges can unlock items.

        - You can play with no limitations too, and build a freeform zoo. In this mode, you have unlimited money and all items/animals possible (except the Quagga which has to be unlocked). This is a great way to explore the different maps, try out all the items and own all of the animals although you get no challenges.

        The game is easy to play and the tutorials are very hands on, taking you through the details step by step - iId recommend playing them first time around.

        A box at the top of the screen tells you things about your zoo, such as if an animal is hungry or if guests need something.

        There's an amazing variety of everything in the game, including plants, trees, rocks, biomes, animals, food carts, toilets, entertainment... the list is almost endless. There are realistic differences between some male and female animals, and the graphics are really good.

        Taking care of the animals is really fun - you can hire a zookeeper to do it for you (each zoo keeper can be assigned a particular enclosure) or do it yourself. They need regular washing, and their food and water will need topping up. All you have to do to see what the animal needs is click on it - then you can view what it is doing, it's happiness and basic levels of hunger etc. You must also manage more complex aspects such as privacy.

        Clicking the zookeeper recommendations button for a species tells you exactly what that animal needs/can have - for example and elephant needs a tall strong fence, but a beaver doesn't. If you give them incorrect food or fencing they won't eat and may escape, terrorising your guests! You can make them as big or small as you like, as long as the animals have enough room, and you must paint the enclosure with the correct biome for your animal. Then you can add trees, rocks and plants that re suitable for the biome. The animals must be given suitable enrichment to keep them occupied too!

        Building the enclosures is simple and they can be as creative as you like. You can draw the enclosure out yourself or use the tolls to draw different shaped enclosures. Not only can you create the enclosures how you like, but the tools allow you to change the whole zoo map. You can choose and alpine map and wipe out all the mountains, or put a mountain in the middle of a desert map! You can also add water wherever you like, and create waterfalls, hills, dips, valleys, cliffs and more with the click of a button.

        In the game, you can run your zoo from above and zoom in and out, or you can walk around your zoo as it would be for a guest. It is using this feature that you can care for your animals, empty bins and pick up litter (or hire a maintenance person for that!)

        The combination of catering for guests and running a business along with caring for and conserving all kinds of animals makes this game really unique. It may sound complicated, but it's really not at all - it's very easy to get the hang of. I believe it to be very resonably priced, especially as it has unlimited game play and there are loads of add ons to buy like marine and extinct animals (which we have and is also very good - dinosaurs!)

        I would add that backing up you saved games is a very good idea - there are two different methods of doing this easily which can be found online. I would also say that I tried to download free add ons such as extra animals from the Zoo Tycoon website and long story short it made havoc - the game ran extremely slowly and I had to reinstall it - so back up those games!

        If you are looking for a game with a difference that is pretty much limitless them try this. It's hours and hours of fun, and you can save as many different zoos as you like.

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        19.08.2010 17:00
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        Creating your own virtual zoo.

        *also on ciao under same username kayleaf*




        Those of you that enjoy the Sims and it's further developments may remember the good old days of Business Simulators. One of my favourites is Zoo Tycoon 2 and it's expansion packs.

        I remember borrowing the original from a cousin and not enjoying it very much, I prefered rollercoaster tycoon, but after seeing a bundle on Ebay for Zoo Tycoon 2 and all the expansion packs for PC I decided to give the second one a go.

        The base game Zoo Tycoon 2 was originally released in 2004 with the expansion packs Extinct Animals, Marine Mania, African Adventure, Dino Danger and Endangered Species up until 2007. The Ultimate Collection featuring all expansion packs and the base game was released in 2008.

        I love games like this, maybe it's a control thing because I can control things like billions of immaginary money and I like to think I've got a little bit of a creative flare to try and make my freeform zoo's look pretty. Either way I feel Zoo Tycoon 2 let you do this with very little limitations. This edition allows you to roam around the zoo in a first person mode to do all the zookeeper duties and look after your animals yourself. It also gives you a better look at your park and makes the gameplay alot more interactive rather than just a business simulation.

        With all the expansion packs the game features several campaign games in which the player can take on the roll of an (sometimes) established zoo and build it up to meet certain goals. This unlocks other animals in the game and objects you can use in freeform mode. With expansions like Marine Mania you can also train your aquatic animals to perform in a show and take pictures to add to a photo album.

        Another key feature of Zoo Tycoon 2 is the ability to play challenge games, which is similar to freeform mode - you can choose your zoo map, terrain and how much money you want to start with and then play certain challenges like taking certain photographs or raising a set amount in donations to unlock other items. This is probably my favourite part of the game - mainly because you can choose to start with, like, $3Million yet you still have to unlock things like certain animals and raise your zoo fame which makes it a bit more challenging and stimulating.

        One of the more difficult bits of the game is the controls - they can be a little challenging at times, especially on a laptop, so it may be worth using a mouse. I found this most difficult when training animals. The game is single player with no multiplayer modes and I think is suitable for all ages but younger ones may need help with the controls. Plus, some of the scenario's are quite complex and take a few tries to get them just right.

        The game's website does feature some downloadable content if you register with them with includes a few new animals.

        Overall this is a great game to play if you're just in one of those moods and I'd reccomend it to anyone that liked the old simulation games or the sims.

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        20.02.2010 21:24
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        A really cool game, but i think you need to get all 6 expansions to really enjoy it fully.

        One thing you first notice when you start up this game, is the shift from the 2D world into the 3D world, the graphics compared to the original Zoo Tycoon are greatly improved, now with completely 3D Graphics.

        The management of the park is very similar to the original game, the main improvements are the 3D graphics and the ability to become a Zoo Keeper in your park if you don't have enough staff. A lot of animals were also added to the game, many through the 6 expansion packs that are available to buy, 1 of which is available as a download only.

        You'll probably spend a lot of your time in this game, preparing the exhibits for your animals, and once they're in, adjusting the environment to their needs. Different animals obviously need different environments, such as Penguins require Tundra and water, and Zebras require plain's and shallow water. If your a hard worker, you'll probably spend a lot of your time using the virtual zoo keeper mode, taking care of your park instead of hiring staff. You will also receive random missions in order to earn your park more fame or money, the missions can involve various things, but often the objective will be to take a photgraph of a certain animal or animals.

        The game is moddable, like the original Zoo Tycoon, and there have been several UXP's, or User Expansion Packs, which increase the amount of animals and other features in the game.

        Personally i much prefer this version to the prequel, the 3D graphics is what its all about, being able to see your animals up close, it makes the game much more enjoyable to play. The game still does not feature multiplayer, which was a great disappointment to many people, but this game has a fairly solid singleplayer experience. Although this game got fairly average reviews, i recommend you buy this game if your into animals.

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        20.08.2009 18:36
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        A great game that has a universal appeal!

        I really enjoyed Zoo Tycoon 2 because I thought that it excelled in almost every category when compared to the original. For example, the graphics were superb as they are much more colourful. The graphics I thought made the animals in the zoo much more realistic which is just ideal for a game like this! I also liked how it was much more 3D as apposed to 2D because like the graphics it helped make the game more realistic. There is so much choice when it comes to what animals you have in your zoo that you are spoilt. I loved this because as you expand your zoo you can constantly introduce new animals.

        The game was really easy to start playing because the controls are very simple and the gameplay is very self explanatory. There is even a zoopedia within the game which is just brilliant! It allows you to find out new information on all of these different animals that you may have in your zoo. Just like the other tycoon games the concept I thought was just brilliant and I loved how it is a game that you can play on for hours on end without getting bored. Also I found that the only limitations when building your park despite money were your own imagination. There is so much scope for your own zoo ideas that you can do whatever you like.

        There is even a feature which allows you to take photo's of your park which I thought was absolutely ideal because you can share it with your friends. The game really is a great zoo experience and I found it great fun to play and so would really recommend it.

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        08.06.2009 14:06
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        An ok game but i couldnt get into it

        Being a big fan of the original zoo tycoon, and liking simulation games and animals i was eager to play this game. What i got disapointed me somewhat.

        The good: The graphics were really nice, even on not so great computers. The animals moved around decently and intereacted with each other and their environment in a convincing way. Building enclosures and nice areas for the customers is fun, and the landscape tools, which allow you to create rivers, mountains and anything inbetween was great fun.

        The bad: For some reason i could not get into this game like the original. With improved graphics and deeper gameplay, im not really sure why. I think That this game, like the other one, made itself that at a certain point, once you had used up the money given to you at the start, became boring as it takes a while to earn more money to build new animal cages.

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          28.02.2009 06:26
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          A game, appropriate for all ages, based on the construction and maintenance of ones very own zoo!

          While this game is a little bit old and may not be very much a threat to the video games being produced today, it is definitely a game that you won't get board of after a month! The premise is that you are given control of a zoo and, depending on what mode you play in(sandbox, where you can do whatever you like, and challenge where you have to earn the ability to buy certain animals and objects through challenges, such as catching a photo of a baby peacock and its mom), populate it with various species and set up different objects, like souvenir kiosks and ice cream stands, to raise revenue. This game is much more advanced than its predecessor, for those that have already played it.

          Animals are incredibly fleshed out, and most species have their own specific behaviors. Nile crocodiles can often be seen sunbathing, gazelle will form a herd, and penguins toboggan. Animals are male and female, and, depending on species, exhibit sexual dimorphism, i.e. male lions can be differentiated from females on sight, as can many other species, such as peacocks and chimps. A personal favorite aspect of this game is the ability of animals to form relationships with other members of their species in the exhibit and give birth. The baby forms of animals are always smaller and may show different markings or fur patterns than the adults. Within a few hours, these will usually grow into adults.

          A lot of the more popular animals, such as polar bears and chimps, have their very own special toys to be placed in their exhibits. Animals also interact with other species, but this is usually only in a predator/prey manner and the prey will become an object called 'Carcass of ___(name of animal)', which meat eating animals can usually eat. There is a huge variety of foods and toys, flora and rocks to decorate an exhibit with. Hey, they even poop!

          Unfortunately, the game has a few glitches. For example, a common message is 'Keeper X can't get to animal x!', even though the animal isn't in any isolated position. Picking up and dropping the zookeeper npc to the animal won't do much good, and soon you will be flooded with messages saying 'Keeper Y, Z, W...'. It gets annoying. However, that's one of the few drawbacks.

          Personally, the challenges are pretty boring and usually revolve around one of many archetypes with the objects name being the only difference. I don't see it as the highlight of the game. Another bore is putting species together. It's extremely difficult to do, and the animals are constantly complaining that their needs aren't being met. Another dilemma is giving the animals privacy(a need they cling to very dearly) and at the same time appeasing the visitors by letting them see them! After your zoo gets established, this becomes pretty difficult.

          If you have a lot of time, this game might be a good gift to yourself! This game has saved me countless times when my internet has crashed.

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          12.02.2009 20:24
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          A great game

          When it comes to games, especially PC games, I like to play those that make you run some sort of a business, more particullary, strategy games, when from this, I think that Zoo Tycoon is brilliant, and to be honest, once I am on it, you wont get me off it for a long while after. After playing the first edition in this game series, I knew I had to see what the second one was like, and it is much better, more features.

          I hate games that are really basic and dont let you do much, which is why I think that Zoo Tycoon 2 is a brillant game. You can, for one, walk around the park, not as the owner and builder, but as a normal guest. By doing this, you get to see what your guests see, and look at ways in which you can begin to improve your zoo. In addition to this, there is more help, in that when you try to do things, there is always some sort of tutorial which will give you guidance on what to do.

          Like a lot of games these days, the storage on your computer makes a huge impact when it comes down to how well the games works. For instance, if you are running low on storage, you will still be able install the game, but when it comes down to playing it, it will take a while, and thats just to load it. The majority of games now dont work on Vista, as they havent been set for this package, but thats where Zoo Tycoon 2 makes a difference and breaks the chain. It greats, and gets a definite recommendation from me.

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          12.02.2009 20:09

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          A fun game for all the family!

          I LOVE THIS GAME! I am addicted to this game! If you loved the first zoo tycoon your gunna love this one! Theres much more things you can do and play around with... like you can walk around the zoo like a guest does and clean the animals, and theres a much better way of making exhibits, with the zoo keepers recommandations, you dont have to find it on the controls, its just there on the same page, you just click and place. Theres not a bad thing i would say about the game, but the only thing is you need to have a lot of space on your computer otherwise it runs very slowly and takes ages to load! Another thing that might be helpful is that it does work and run even with windows vista! unlike some games made before windows vista came out... Go buy it! its great :)

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          05.02.2009 09:39
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          A great game for all the family

          I am currently meant to be writing my dissertation for a looming deadline. Naturally as a typical student I am finding as many ways as I can to procrastinate lol. Enter Zoo Tycoon 2.

          I love Simulation games. The sims 2 is of course my favourite but I find that after a while of constant playing I get bored and so need something else to play. Zoo Tycoon is not as sophistacted as the Sims. If you've ever played games such as Theme Hospital or Theme Park then you will find Zoo Tycoon 2 to be more similar to these.

          Have you ever wanted to be a zoo keeper? Well if you have then you should know that different animals need different environments. That you need to cater for their many needs including food, water, shelter and company. You need to know that you really shouldn't put a lion into the same exhibit as a zebra and that if you put a female in with a male then you may just end up with a baby on the way. You need to clean up after them and keep their environments clean, ensure they have privacy away from prying eyes and that the fences and cages they are in are suitably secure to ensure they dont escape. And this is exactly what Zoo Tycoon is about.

          But that isnt all. A Successful zoo needs money, otherwise how on earth will you pay for all that food or for people to look after the animals if you cant manage to do it alone? The way you get money in a zoo is customers and as many people will know customers are very hard to satisfy (well not too hard, make sure they're fed, have somewhere to rest and are entertained and then they'll be happy, a little like the animals behind the bars ;) )

          And that is basically the premise of the game. Within the game you can enter "zookeeper mode". This is where you can walk around your own zoo and clean up the animals, feed and water them or clean up after the customers. This can also save you money as you dont have to employ people to do it. There are three different modes you can play.

          Campaign Mode:- (This is the mode I have been playing most)
          There are 17 Campaigns in total. You are given a scenario at the start of the campaign and you need to fulfill the criteria of the scenario. It starts off very easy, with a basic tutorial but soon gets harder and can take several sessions to finish off one scenario. There are incentives of course. On completion of a section you unlock different items to beautify your zoo.

          Challenge mode:- This is where you start off with a certain amount of money (you can adjust this to make it harder or easier) and you need to build the ultimate zoo in a part of the world of your choice.

          Sandbox/Freeform Mode:- If you one of those people that hate running out of money or waiting for certain animals or objects to get researched (many objects aernt available until your zoo has a certain number of stars) then this is the mode for you. Everything is at your disposal to make the ultimate zoo with no need to work hard to make money or wait around.
          Personally I think this mode may seem most appealing but the fun of the game is really the challenge and so theres little to be gleamed from jsut having everything to start off with.

          Whats also fantastic about this game is that you can download new content, which is updated now and then by pressing a simple button on the opening menu. No need to open lots of folders and insert the download in the right place, it does it for you. But if you still want more, then have no fear there are expansion packs available:-
          African Adventure
          Marine Mania
          Endangered Species
          Extinct Animals

          There are of course a few little complaints. Unlike with the sims, you cant speed up the time. So you can be waiting around for the money to come in for quite awhile when saving up for expensive animals. It would be great if like the sims you could fastforward at double or triple time. It would be nice if you could play with the animals as well as just groom them. Or if you could buy things, or go into the gift shops etc. I'ld also like it if dangerous animals like lions and crocodiles acted more dangerous. You can walk up to them in zookeeper mode and wash them and they dont do a thing. It would also be fun if you could mate across species to create new ones.

          I can also see that this has limited playability. Although this is expanded with the expansion packs which are now quite cheap. You can buy all of them in a compilation set for around £30 which is cheaper than getting them seperately. However like the sims, its one of those games you play constantly for a while and then get bored of. But after a few months you can go back and enjoy it again.

          These are the system requirements to play:-
          Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
          733 MHz processor
          256 MB RAM
          900 MB of available hard disk space
          Quad-speed or higher CD-ROM drive
          16 MB 3D DirectX9.0 or later

          Still not convinced you want to purchase this game?? Not a problem there is a free trial available to download. So what are you waiting for? (The site is from the USA) http://www.microsoft.com/games/pc/zootycoon2.aspx

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            09.12.2008 21:51
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            great simulation game

            The basic concept of zoo tycoon 2 is that you start off with an empty space, there are many different climates to choose from and these can affect which animals are best to buy.
            You also start off with little money. The aim is to raise money through ticket sales from the little peeps that come to look round your zoo in order to make enough money to improve your zoo and then in return get more customers and then more money.

            The game is quite easy to understand, however there are many aspects of it to get to grips with, for example hiring the right amount of staff, giving the animals the right climate, the right foods and even the right fences or they can, and trust me they do escape.

            One thing i do like about the game is that the animals breed, and they also die when they get old, it just makes the game seem alot more realistic and makes it more fun.

            There are quite alot of animals in the game, and theres also the option to download updates which the zoo tycoon makers keep on adding onto the game, these contain more animals, foods, and sceneries.

            All in all its a good game if you enjoy your simulation games.

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            23.11.2008 14:43
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            A good all round family game aimed at animal lovers everywhere

            Zoo tycoon 2 is a zoo simulation game for the PC (there are other versions for the DS too). It has been out for a couple of years now and there are a few add on packs for it too add to the gameplay including Marine Mania, Extinct Animals, Endangered species and African animals. Even after so long I still really enjoy playing it and so do my kids.

            The basic premise is to build a zoo and look after the animals. There are over 100 animals to choose from including the usuals like Tigers, Lions and elephants as well as dolphins, turtles, and some more exotic ones if you invest in the add ons.

            You can choose to play either free play, where all animals and objects are available or the scenario or challenge based modes. All are good and offer a variety of rewards. For completing a scenario or challenge game you may receive additional objects etc. Scenarios have set objectives such as raising and breeding certain animals and have limited funds.

            Building a zoo from scratch is relatively straight forward. You can adjust the terrain, either lower or higher it, change the type such as tropical forest or savannah, add or remove vegatation and rocks. Once the land is as you want it you need to build a cage for your animal including putting in food and water, enrichment items and shelters. Finally place the animals. Obviously if you want them to breed you will need more than one of each but it depends how much money you have available. There are other items to place in the zoo such as shops and food places, playgrounds, stands all of which will encourage more visitors and therefore more money.

            To be successful I have found that it is a good idea to build the cages quite large and have plenty of activities for guests. You can also mix some animals together as long as they need the same environment. So elephants, zebras and gazelles can all go together. Of course you could put lions or cheetahs in too....but its up to you how sadistic you want to be!!

            This is a great game aimed at all the family which all animal lovers will adore. Its fun and easy to get the hang of the controls. The graphics are good and there are a number of different animals which each come with some educational information about them too.

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              20.10.2008 20:27
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              A great and fun game for all ages.

              What a great game.I am 35 and I still love playing this.There is so much to it.I love the fact that even before you start you can choose a zoo and area before playing. You have a certain amount of money to start with and have to build your zoo bit by bit.

              You have animals,scenery,food/drink stands,rides,seating and much more.

              This really makes you see how hard it can be to run a real zoo,as the animals in it needs feeding and looking after,and if their requirements are not met,you get a sign come up saying that inspectors got complaints that the animals are not properly looked after.Therfor are not allowed to adopt anymore animals untill you have sorted out the ones you already got.

              The animals can also escape from their cages etc,and you also need to add in their environments what sort of plants,grass,sand,etc they need.Also adding shelters and toys to play with.And if they need fresh or salt water.

              Such a great game.

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              23.09.2008 11:11
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              Great game for all ages!

              Zoo Tycoon 2 is by far better than the first one! Where the first one was very basic, this one is not so much. It has a lot more scenarios and better sound and graphics too.

              **Game Play**

              Zoo Tycoon 2 is separated into two styles of game play. They are quite easy but can at times be challenging. One of the types is Freeform. In Freeform you build your zoo however you want, no scenarios or challenges. You don't even have to unlock animals on there but it is still fun to play. The second is the one with all the scenarios and challenges. The game is very fun in both of the game play styles.

              **The Animals**

              There are thirty animals altogether in zoo tycoon 2. These include African elephant, American beaver, Bengal tiger, Black rhinoceros, Cheetah, Chimpanzee, Common peafowl, Common zebra, Dromedary camel, Emperor penguin, Gemsbok, Giant panda, Greater flamingo, Grizzly bear, Hippopotamus, Ibex, Jaguar, Lion, Moose, Mountain gorilla, Nile crocodile, Okapi, Ostrich, Polar bear, Red kangaroo, Red panda, Reticulated giraffe, Ring-tailed lemur, Snow leopard and Thomson's gazelle. Each of the animals need different things such as where the Bengal tiger will need to eat meat, the Thomson's gazelle will need to eat hay and straw. Also each of the animals will be harder or easier to look after, as they have different characteristics.

              If you go onto www.zootycoon.com you can also download four animals, Asian elephant, Musk ox, Addax and Snow leopard. While you are playing zoo tycoon 2 you will notice birds flying around or frogs on the ground. These animals are Rock dove, Herring gull, Yellow-billed oxpecker, Blue-and-yellow macaw, Mallard duck, Common loon, Springhare, Red Squirrel, King vulture, Monarch butterfly and American Bullfrog, these animals can't be looked after and make no difference to your zoo.

              **Expansion Pack**

              There are four expansion packs that add more animals, biomes and more to your zoo. These are Extinct Animals, Marine Mania, Endangered Species and African Adventure. Each of these add things to your original zoo.

              **Sound and Graphics**

              The sound and graphics on zoo tycoon 2 are excellent! The sound, music are still the same as the original one but sounds much better! Also the graphics are much clearer too, much better than the first game.

              **Price**

              You can buy zoo tycoon 2 for £22.98 new from www.amazon.co.uk. You can probably buy cheaper from eBay or possibly play.com.

              **Overall**

              I love this game, it's awesome. Brilliant graphics, sound and game play overall is amazing!

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                06.08.2008 05:34

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                A good sim game, that pulls you in for a few days.

                I've always loved a good sim game! I don't know what it is about them exactly, but something about being able to make something work together, and then when i'm a little bored, totally RUIN IT with style later that just makes a chorkle escape my lips.

                This sim, like all the other sims, gives you a premise. You are to build a zoo, and you are to build the BEST zoo. Damn it, you are to build the GREATEREST ZOO!

                You are given a large plot of land and as the levels progress you are given more animals and more buildings to build on more land of course. The demands of the animals and the attraction they create is of course all in the balance. You have to decide how many animals of what species will bring in the most money without unnecessarily wasting resources.

                The music has never been a strong point for the sim games. They've always been a bland background noise filler, that is, if there IS anything. The sounds in general were mediocre.
                And when all that is done with, try putting the monkeys into the tiger pit.

                it's simply, lolarious.

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            • Product Details

              Zoo Tycoon 2 cranks up the excitement, challenge and fun of building the ultimate zoo with 30 animals in incredible detail with more fun animations, a dazzling array of building tools and objects, including themed-buildings, moats, photo mode options, easier terrain altering options and rivers. Gameplay has been enhanced from the original title, with a new zoom mode and 3D graphics that allow players to keep an even closer eye on the action and craft more creative zoos.