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A game for creative people and animal lovers!
Zoo Tycoon 2 (PC)
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Zoo Tycoon 2 (PC)
Date: 29/02/12, updated on 29/02/12 (11 review reads)
Advantages: Unlimited play, realistic, tons of variety
Disadvantages: None :) (It's a bit addictive if that counts!)
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.
Summary: Creative and unusual for all animal lovers!