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      27.02.2011 14:59
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      Pretty good game overall!

      Zoo tycoon is a computer game where the main aim is to create a zoo which attracts a lot of visitors, has happy animals and makes a lot of money. This game is produced by Microsoft and as is the case with many Microsoft games, it also has a sequel, zoo tycoon 2. There are some expansion packs for all these games as well but as this is a review for zoo tycoon 1, I shall only list the ones for this game. The expansion packs for zoo tycoon 1 are Dino Digs (a game which when added to the original game, dinosaurs are made available to add to your zoo) and Marine Mania (a game which adds sea life to the game including things like dolphins). The packaging for this game, or so the one I have is anyway, is red with an image of an elephant, a giraffe and several other types of animals surrounding the gates to a zoo with "Zoo Tycoon" written on what looks to be the entrance to a park. This image shows a variety of the many animals available in the game, as I have listed below. On the back of the box, it explains the basics of what can be done in the game and introduces what it is. Inside there is just the disk with zoo tycoon on it. When you start the game up, you are prompted to install the game (which is fairly simply; you basically just have to press "run" and it installs itself). Then you are taken to the front page where you are given an options menu. From this menu you can start a free style game, continue a previously run game, run the tutorial, run a challenge game, open the options menu, check for downloads or exit. Running a tutorial or a challenge game is a good place to start as it shows the user how to do various tasks in the game so that you aren't likely to struggle to make the zoo a success. This is good because it shows you how to place biomes (which I will explain in more detail later) which are suitable for the animals and it teaches you how to make the place suitable by adding various things to it like plants and toys for certain animals. It also teaches you about guest happiness and the sorts of things needed to keep them happy, such as restrooms and shops. If you want to try a freestyle game, you are presented with a blank zoo with nothing in it which you are then able to customize in whatever way you wish. You are given the option of choosing the sort of land you wish to start with (with "basic grass map" being the easiest of them all because there are fewer obstacles in your way when you try to build pens for the animals to remain in). When you have created a pen for an animal to live in, you have to choose what sort of animal you want to have first. Then you have to select the correct biome for them to live in. A biome is essentially a habitat which they will live best in, which is recommended for you by the zoo keeper icon when you click on an animal you have placed in your pen. Here is the list of all of the animals available in the game and the biome they will live best in: Plains Zebra - Savannah Thomson's Gazelle - Savannah Giraffe - Savannah Lion - Savannah Olive Baboon - Savannah Common Wildebeest - Savannah Hippopotamus - Savannah Black Rhinoceros - Savannah Leopard - Savannah/Tropical Rainforest African Warthog - Savannah African Elephant - Savannah Cheetah - Savannah Spotted Hyena - Savannah Ostrich - Savannah African Buffalo - Savannah Greater Flamingo - Savannah Red Kangaroo - Savannah American Bison - Grassland Moose - Deciduous floor American Black Bear - Deciduous Floor Grizzly Bear - Coniferous Forest Gray Wolf - Coniferous Forest Siberian Tiger - Coniferous Forest Bengal Tiger - Tropical Rainforest Chimpanzee - Tropical Rainforest Jaguar - Tropical Rainforest Clouded Leopard - Tropical Rainforest Black Panther - Tropical Rainforest Mandrill - Tropical Rainforest White tiger- Tropical Rainforest Western Lowland Gorilla- Tropical Rainforest Okapi- Tropical Rainforest Giant Anteater - Tropical Rainforest Bighorn Sheep - Alpine Alpine Ibex - Alpine Giant Panda- Alpine Snow Leopard- Alpine Markhor - Alpine Dromedary Camel - Desert Gemsbok - Desert Emperor Penguin- Tundra Polar Bear- Tundra Arctic Wolf - Tundra Saltwater Crocodile- Aquatic California Sea Lion- Aquatic Often it is necessary to use more than one type of biome in order to make the exhibit perfect for the animals but the list above is a basic start to each biome needed for the animal. This part can be quite difficult to achieve because of the fact that you may have to alter the height of the exhibit or include extra plants or add some toys for animals like the lion that like to have something to do in their pen. If the animals aren't happy, the guests wont be either and basically you will end up with a very low rating and therefore you are likely to run out of money very quickly which means game over. If you want to do well in this game you need to keep the animals happy and keep the guests happy as well. It is necessary to place benches and shops and litter bins to keep guests happy and this can be quite time consuming, especially when you find messages coming up all the time saying things like "Plains Zebra 1 is hungry and can't find any food" which tends to take precedence over placing a bench. In order to feed the animals it is necessary to hire workers to help you out, including zoo keepers, tour guides and repairmen who will keep the zoo tidy and running well. However, the saying too many cooks spoil the broth can certainly come into play here because you'll find that if you hire too many zoo keepers they all do the same things at the same time and things actually end up going slower and animals end up more ill. My favourite part of this game is probably getting to see the zoo when it has loads of animals and exhibits and generally has a lot of hustle and bustle all over it. However of course this isn't necessarily the easiest part of the game because then a lot of the animals will start dying of old age and their exhibits end up with a lot of trampled ground which results in unhappy animals and unhappy guests. Litter will start to appear everywhere to more maintenance workers are needed but then as I explained earlier this can cause problems because they just follow each other around. This makes the game a lot harder than it at first appears and you need to be constantly adding new things or the guests will get bored and your zoo rating and therefore finances will start to plummet drastically. This makes the game even harder but then if you love a challenge you'll love this game. While it clearly has it's plus points and it's negative points too, it is a very fun game that you can get lost in for hours and hours at a time. This game never truly ends because you can always create a new zoo if the one you had been working on goes bankrupt or something along those lines. One annoying thing with the game is the fact that you end up running out of animals to place in the zoo after some time. Then it can become boring in the sense that you are just making the same thing over and over again, just in different places. Another annoying thing can be that some of the animals reproduce far too quickly and you end up with, for example, 30 lions in about an hour when you only placed 2 to begin with. Clearly these wont be happy in a pen made for 2 lions given that they will be very overcrowded so this means that there will be unhappy visitors and lower finances and things like that again. Overall I would give this game a pretty good rating because it's a good and fun game, even if it can get a bit boring if you play the same landscape all the time.

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      27.02.2010 16:17
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      Animal Game

      Zoo Tycoon is a role playing game, where you have to build your own zoo, manage the animals and ensure their survival. I actually cant remember how I got this game, either I lent it from a friend and accidently kept it or was bought it as a present. In this game you are given a starting fund, whereby you can start to build your zoo. At first you are only given certain materials and only a selection of animals. Alot of detail needs to be considered when creating your zoo, such as the floor plan of your zoo or what material fence and even terrain you want to use for each part of the zoo. One thing that can be quite tricky is creating enough space for your animals without taking too much space out of the whole zoo. Certain animals will require more space than others which is something you may need to read up on. What is quite nice about this game is that there are details about each animal species you can have in your zoo. Information includes what terrain they like, whether they like to live in packs or single, what food they like and what other animals they may or may not get on with. I am unsure how accurate this information actually is, but Im sure there at least some truth in this. It is nice being able to build your own zoo even if it is virtual, as you get to see the different kinds of things you need to consider that you wouldnt have even thought about beforehand. One thing that is quite tricky to master when playing Zoo Tycoon is when one animal likes to live in high altitudes or rough terrains and the animal next to it doesnt. You have to give a rocky ground for one and a flat for the another. For this you have to remember which animals like rocky terrain and putting their cages next to each other. Throughout the game also, as your zoo tycoon skills increase, your animals start to get a little more aggressive and start ripping and breaking the fences and go into the other animal´s cages, which can be a little confusing. As you are navigating around the game, you wonder why there is a tiger in a penguins environment, but no penguins! It is a truly addictive game once you get into it. However it is also annoying at how difficult the game can get as the game progresses and your animals start getting fussy. If you have alot of time on your hands, this is a great game to be playing, however like most role playing games, you can be playing for hours and not get much progress and just spend hours and hours aimlessly playing. Having said this I do like this game. However I don´t want to start playing it again as I am very busy at the moment.

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      26.12.2009 15:49
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      Great fun and learning for gameplayers

      Zoo Tycoon is a great compelling game that is good fun to play and will keep you amused for a while. To set up the game you firstly given some basic options. You can choose the size of the zoo you want to manage, it's location and how much money to begin with. The options for size of the zoo are either small, medium and large and there are around half a dozen or so options for the location where you want the zoo to be. Each place where you locate your zoo has it's own challenges to pick wisely. Some areas will be hotter than others so you have to take that into account when setting up your zoo. The amount of cash that you can set up your zoo with and have to spend can vary depending on the level of difficulty you set for the game. The object of the game is to build a zoo and then run it making sure that is successful and everything runs smoothly. You can construct enclosures to house animals that you put in the zoo. You adopt animals and buy for the zoo as well as hiring staff to look after the inhabitants. As you progress through the game more options open up to you and different things like structures become available. It is not as easy at it sounds as each different animal has to have it's own distinct living conditions and habitat to survive in and make them content and happy. You can find out minimal information about each animal by hovering over the picture of the creature. The rest you have to discover for yourself which makes this game so interesting. Once you adopt an animal, the zookeeper can tell you what specifically needs to be done to the enclosure to create a satisfactory habitat (in terms of water, terrain, foliage, toys, crowding, etc.). You don't want unhappy animals and the zoo could get closed down if the situation is serious enough. In addition to keeping the animals happy the other primary concern as with any zoo is keeping the guests happy and it is your job to make sure you have enough amenities available as the interest in the zoo rises. It's again not easy to keep everyone happy all the time as they can be quite demanding and get grumpy. There's no point in having a zoo with happy animals if you have not guests visiting. The guests are the life blood of the zoo as without them it won't make money and will close down. The sound and graphics are basic enough but the game is more about stategy than that aspect. Also which can be frustrating is that navigation is slower as your zoo builds and gets more complex. Children and adults alike will love this game as it's educational as well as fun and they will learn a lot about different animals and setting up things in zoo. The children will love the animals part and the adults will be able to play the business side of things. Overall this is a great little game that has tremendous replay potential

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        14.12.2009 01:31
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        A very fun sim!

        As a huge fan of the Sim genre, I absolutely had to pick this game up, and what a delight it is! It might follow the well worn formula of the genre, but if it isn't broke, why bother fixing it? This game has you attempting to build the perfect zoo for a rather large supply of animals. The trick is that each animal has its own set of demands, requiring you to employ a meticulous level of care with making that each animal has the food and environmental conditions that they prefer. An indication that all is well is that the tourists are happily snapping away at the animals without being scared away by them. Also, you have to set up the merchandising stores, to milk the cute pets for all they're worth, and provide all of the expected amenities of a zoo. Like the vast majority of Sim-esque games, Zoo Tycoon's not the best game to look at, but it does the job. Some fair detail is put into the textures of the buildings, though, and you don't get as many cloned customers as I expected. Aurally, as is also true of Sim-esque games, the music is tantamount to irritating lift music, but the animals at least sound quite good and not like the stock clips I expected. For a Sim-like game, there's quite a lot to do here, and the game goes into considerable depth on how I imagine it would actually be to run a zoo. It's also fun sometimes to let loose and allow the animals to escape for a brief period, but it's advisable saving before you do so unless you want to tarnish your safety record! It's not the best Sim game, but it's still pretty fun!

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        12.09.2009 18:04
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        A Fantastic Game For Lots Of Ages.

        Zoo Tycoon is one of those games that brings back fond memories of my teenage years (which have all now passed - boo hoo!) as I used to play it fairly regularly as on a teenager and have probably owned the game two or three times and then lent it out to people never to receive it back. This game is a simulation game where you have to build and manage a zoo, hence the name 'zoo tycoon'. The game is available on a couple of different computer platforms but the one that I play, and hence am reviewing, is the PC version. This is available from Amazon for just £1.99 at present and it's too much of a bargain to resist really, especially if you want something to fill your time with. The gameplay is fairly simple and when you begin the game you have the option to play some tutorials and then you begin to play some real levels with real aims. This can be anything from mating a specific type of animal to raising a specific amount of money and the aims are different in each level as well as you having different amounts of time to complete the levels in. There are some hard levels and some easier ones and each one has a rating and I find these ratings to be quite accurate. The controls are quite easy to master and everything you need to know is taught to you during the tutorials and there are lots of handy hints and pointers on the screen throughout games. As I said above I have been playing this game since I was a teenager and it came out in 2001, when I was 13, so it's fair to see that young teenagers and older children will be able to play this as well without any difficulty. Most of the reading is quite simple, however, there may be the odd species of animal that a child or young teenager may not be familiar with. Overall I love this game, there are lots of animals and lots of different exhibitions and cage types etc, there is plenty to keep me occupied and I usually play this for a fair few months before I become a little bored again and don't play it for another few months or something. The game does always end up back on my laptop/pc and it's one I'm sure I'll love for years to come! I am going to rate this game 5/5 as it's great fun for many ages and even as a 21 year old I still have the odd burst on it now and again! It's available for a bargain price too so there really is no reason not to buy it!

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          29.05.2009 21:45
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          A brilliant business simulation game that really is great fun, well recommended!

          Zoo Tycoon really is a brilliant business simulation, PC strategy game. The game was released in October 2001 and so has been around for a long while now. I bought this came for £15 from Ebay and I was so glad I got it because having tried it in a demo I fell in love with it! There is so much you can do within this game and it is guranteed to give you enjoyment. The game itself is about desgining, building and managing your very own Zoo and trying to make it as good as possible. In order to achieve this though you will have to build many animal exibitions and with more than 100 different animals to choose from you really are spoilt for choice. You can then after choosing an animal make its own habitat with over 500 different objects to choose from. There is nothing better than seeing your zoo grow and grow and makign more profit. There are 30 different scenario's that you can choose from which really does give you hours of fun. If you have tried the other tycoon games before and liked them, as I have, I would really recommend trying this. As I have mentioned before there is a free demo available to try and considering this game can be bought to cheaply I really would recommend it. I found the tutorials to be very helpful and they really do give you a good insight in to how to play the game. The installation of the game was very easy and whilst it uses up 1.4GB of hard drive space the PC specs are minimal meaning that it will run smoothly. Being able to design and build the Zoo of your dreams really was appealing to me and there is so many options to choose from. The graphics like many of the other tycoon games are suitable but could definately be improved. I found the overall gameplay to be excellent and the interface really is very easy to use and get the hang of. I really have found this game to be very enjoyable and indeed and I simply love playing it. The variety of features available makes it possible to build your zoo exactly how you want it. There is no multiplayer available however, I think this is no needed. I hope you found this useful and thank you very much for reading!

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          12.11.2008 23:19
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          Build you own fun filled zoo with your favourite animals.

          Zoo Tycoon is a game for any age who likes a challenge. If you liked Rollercoaster Tycoon then you'll love this game. ****What is zoo tycoon/What's it based on?**** Zoo Tycoon is a challenging PC game which is based on building your own zoo, caring for animals and making profit. Your task is to build the ultimate zoo. Choose a scenario such as making a suitable exhibit for 5 African animals or achieving an animal happiness of 80% or making a certain amount of money in a certain amount of time. Each scenario is different and some scenarios you can only unlock once you've completed others. (The more scenarios you unlock, the more challenging they become). ****What do I do?/How do I play the game?**** Choose a scenario from the main menu and it will tell you your aim for the game. There's also a tutorial game as well, which will teach you, all you need to know on how to play the game and becoming successful in building a great zoo. You can also play a freeform game by choosing a land and then building your own zoo. I did this before attempting to try the scenarios. You're in charge of a real zoo from building suitable exhibits for lions, polar bears, tigers, elephants and more you'll need to care for your animals and look after them. Keep guests happy by making the zoo enjoyable and beautiful to visit as well as fulfilling their needs such as building gift shops, food stalls, drink stalls and activities for them to do, such as walking visiting the aviary or visiting the Japanese garden. You can also access information about zoo such as available cash bar, zoo status button, animal list button, animal happiness bar, guest list button, guest happiness bar, exhibit list button and staff list button. You can look up information about animals, guests & staff. ****Game Features**** * Realistic zoo action means your animals roam, rest & play whilst visitors and guests explore the grounds taking photo', buying snacks and browsing gift shops. * Chose from over 40 unique animals including Elephants, Cheetahs, Penguins, Lions, Tigers & Bears and more. * More than a dozen different scenarios that start out easy then become more & more challenging. * Create the ultimate zoo and reap big profits if you manage it well. Remember if customers aren't happy; they won't come back! * Anticipate your animals' every needs such as food, water & shelter. * Message's throughout the game telling you whether animals are sick, whether guests are enjoying the zoo and more. * View your animal hunger status and their health status, give your animals a name. * Pause/Resume game button ****Graphics/Sounds**** Graphics are very detailed and sound quality is superb. You can see things from litter on the floor to animal poo! You can hear lions roar, birds singing and guests laughing. You can view the game from 4 different angles and you can also zoom in and zoom out and image quality stays the same sharpness. You will be able to hear everything! ****Did I enjoy the game?**** I have completed quite a few scenarios and still have a few to complete. This game is highly addictive game which can be enjoyed by any age. ****Where can you get this game?**** This game is available from all good computer shops such as Game, Amazon.co.uk, HMV and more. This game price can range from £9.99 - £14.99! ****Minimum System Requirements**** Windows 95/98/ME - 32MB Ram 2000 - 64MB Ram XP - 128MB Ram Other: Audio boards with speakers/headphones. Processor - 23MHz Hard Drive - 250MB Video Card 4MB/2D ****Tips/Hints**** * If you don't use the right fencing for your animals they could bash through it and escape. * You can get cheats such as more money, just go to google and type in zoo tycoon pc cheats. * Remember to hire plenty off zoo-keepers, these are vital to feed, your animals, clean their cages and give them medicine if they are ill. * Be careful when mixing animals together, some may get eaten by the other animal. * Enjoy your game, if you don't complete it the 1st time you've got plenty of chances to try again. ****Add on's/extras**** You can also get an expansion pack which includes Marine Mania & another called Dinosaur Digs, I will be writing reviews about these soon. ****Overall opinion?**** Some of the scenarios are quite challenging and do take some time to complete. Some I've still yet to complete and I have had this game for quite a few years now. Playing the game is easy as you just use the computer mouse to click on different buttons on screen to access different menus and options. Buttons on the screen whilst playing the game are easily identified by symbols, such as a zoo-keeper picture for staff and an animal picture to adopt new animals, etc. (Review also on ciao)

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            12.08.2008 21:52
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            Zoo Tycoon - good fun for all ages.

            Zoo Tycoon is the perfect game for me. Having loved games such as Theme Hospital and Theme Park, I knew without much deliberation that I was going to like Zoo Tycoon. The basic premise of the game is to create and run your own zoo. When you first start playing, you can take various tutorials that will allow you to become familiar with the main functions of the game, and from there you can play a free form game, in which you are given a large empty space to fill with enclosures, animals and shops. If this is not quite your cup of tea, you can play one of the scenarios, in which you are often given a pre set zoo, and you have to meet various goals in a set period of time. There are various cheats that you can use in order to make playing the game a little easier, which, in my experience are essential. I have found it impossible to win the games without resorting to a cheat to give me more money! Beware though - the cheat that will give you more money will also cause destruction to enclosures, and before you know it you'll be a rich zookeeper chasing lions, tigers and bears round the park! In conclusion, I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys role play games, such as Theme Hospital or The Sims.

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              12.08.2008 00:08
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              even though it didnt last long, it was worth playing

              I spent about 3 days solid (and i mean all most waking hours) playing this game before i got bored. The idea is to create a zoo from scratch which is popular with your guests. You have several introductory tasks you can complete to show you how to begin and what is required from a successful zoo. There are also challenges you can complete such as creating a zoo which breeds and returns endangered animals back to the wild. It is completing these challenges which i enjoyed the most and I completed them all except the last one which i just couldnt do for some reason. I kept running out of money and then running out of time before i could earn money back. Most of my zoos didnt seem to earn vast amounts of money but that is probably because i liked to add things like unicorns and dinosaurs (which are expensive) to my zoo. After you have completed your zoo (i,e, run out of space, used your maximum amount of animals/buildings/fences/staff etc) then there really isnt much else to do with this game. I had a problem with mine where my baby dolphins and other aquatic animals would be born in the wrong enclosure for some reason and make the game freeze so i decided to not use aquatic animals in my zoos but this may have just been a problem with my copy of the game. I did however enjoy this game and like choosing which animals i wanted to put in my zoo, creating their favourite enclosure with the right terrain, rocks, shelters, trees and toys (each animal species has thier own requirements which you can find out by clicking on them when you place them in your zoo) I may even pick this game up again in the future but if i do, it wont be for long as i have already practically completed it. I would say it was worth it though, it was a good game

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                Zoo Tycoon Love it

                Zoo Tycoon (PC) Build and manage ultimate zoos. 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 e.g Best Exhibit). By taking a moment to stop and think, you can save money while creating a more pleasant environment for both your animals and guests. You can chooose your fence types for enclosures, Pathways to exhibits, Foliage You can place foliage such as plants and trees in your zoo but be careful since each animal reacts differently to specific types of foliage, Rocks Rocks can be placed in your zoo but be careful some animals don't like them, Terrain Types choose your terrain to suit animal, Buidings Your visitors need refreshments, toilets, cafes and vending machines also places to sit in your zoo, Scenery waterfalls, bins , benchs etc, Animals this is the best bit choose from a variety of animals for your zoo, Shelters Place a shelter in your animal enclosure to keep your animal warm and protect from the weather, Toys First find a toy your animal likes then place in its exhibit, Staff Choose your staff carefully Zookeepers play an important role by providing food for the animals and taking care of them. Like Animals, Zookeepers may only be placed in an area surrounded by trees. 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 goood ratings. ~My Opinion~ Overall this is a great game which takes a lot of thought and imagination, the only thing I would say is when you have built a great zoo you don't tend to play with this as much, although my 11 year old nephew never tires of it .

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                  Fantastic game play, many variations. Add-on pack availability.

                  Zoo Tycoon is a Microsoft published game which allows the player to build his/her own zoo from scratch. First of all there a many different sites to choose from on which for youto build your zoo on. Then in order to make your zoo more suitable for visitors and animals there are 'terra' forming tools which enable the user to create hills, dips or level land. Once this is done the fun can start. First the player needs to build exhibits within the given budget. The initial budget varies depending on what difficulty level to play on. The walls of the enclosure have to be built and the selection of all different walls is huge. There must be over twenty different types of walls from small picket fences to concrete walls with no windows. The game is based around a tile system and so building is done by simply placing an object on a tile of dragging the length if a wall along a row of tiles. Once this is done, the animals can be choosen to be put in it. Different animals become available depending on how long and how successful you have been at playing the game. Initially a few basic animals are provided and there are options of choosing a male or female animal. These can obviously breed so keep an eye on the numbers within that enclosure. Each enclosure can be changed environmetally. This means that regional plants and shrubs for each specific animal (desert, rainforest etc.) can be choosen to make the exhibit more comfortable for the given animal. The range of plants and shrubs is huge and number more than a hundred in total. The happiness level of each animal is indicated by a small face which can give a range of expressions from happy to sad to angry. Staff have to be hired to maintain the zoo. There are three different staff catergories: tour guides, zoo keepers and maintanence personnell. The wages are fixed for each of these but the right numbers are needed to clean and feed the animals and to maintain the buildings and to pick up litter. To finish the zoo and attract more visitors restaurants can be added, fun fair rides can be added too and animal monuments and statues along with fountains can be bought. The site can be tidied up by playing grass, paving slabs or tarmac. The variations of these are wide and can cater for most tastes. Finally, the budget has to be managed and so ticket prices can be adjusted for adults and children. The prices of souveniers and refreshments at the restaurants and food stalls can be adjusted too. This game has a long game play life and since its been supersceeded by Zoo Tycoon II makes an excellent bargain buy. The best thing is you don't need a powerful computer to run and so any machine about five years old or younger should be able to run it. Once you get bored of the animals and attractions, you can purchase official add-on packs which includes adding a dinosaurs and sea-world packs (dolphins, fish etc.)

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                    13.09.2005 20:53
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                    A great game that i think most people will like

                    Basic Play The object of the game is, obviously, to build a zoo. Along the left side of the screen are tabs providing all the tools you’ll need to complete this feat. Players can construct enclosures, adopt animals, create proper habitats, hire staff and construct amenities (like bathrooms). As play continues, more options in terms of building materials, animals and zoo structures become available. Each animal requires a specific habitat in order to thrive. There is minimal information to be had about each creature simply by placing the cursor over the animal’s picture. More in depth information about the habits, world status and behavior of the animal (including how well they thrive in captivity) is available by clicking the information box while in the animal adoption panel. Once you adopt an animal, the zookeeper can tell you what specifically needs to be done to the enclosure to create a satisfactory habitat (in terms of water, terrain, foliage, toys, crowding, etc.). If you have unhappy animals, a box of text will appear at the top of the screen. You can click on the box and be taken directly to the problem, which you then need to fix, lest you get sanctioned by the Zoo Sanctioners for having a bad zoo. Your animals, if in a good habitat, will likely reproduce, making cute little baby animals that make cute little noises and make the kidlets go “awwww”. The other aspect to Zoo Tycoon is keeping your guests happy. As Zoo Owner/Manager/Master/Emperor/Despot/Tyrant/Dictator, it is your job to supply the amenities your picky guests often require. They are frequently hungry, thirsty, tired or grumpy. The key to a successful zoo is not only providing them with suitable facilities, but also putting them in the most opportune places. This is the only way to make enough money to keep the zoo afloat and avoid those pesky messages informing you that your guests are all hungry despite the 42 hamburger stands that are going unused. You can sell back buildings that are losing money, as well as selling animals from exhibits that become overcrowded as a result of breeding. It’s no small task being Zoo Dictator. Players are able to keep track of all of the financial aspects of their operation, including setting prices at the various amenities, increasing or decreasing marketing, or investing in research and conservation. This is a part of the game that can be delved into deeply, or relatively ignored, depending on the wishes of the player. This is a nice feature, as it lets your child (or his mother) expand their management of the zoo as they get older (or better at the game). Sound and Graphics I don’t play a lot of computer games – I’m too easily addicted. So I don’t have much experience in the area of game graphics and sound. What I can tell you is that Zoo Tycoon is a step up from Rollercoaster Tycoon as far as graphics go. The little people are not all the same except for different shirts – there are a nice variety of guests. The animals are small, of course, but well rendered. They play and eat and interact within their exhibit. The various locales are appealing and the variety of available aesthetic improvements satisfactory. It’s a cute game. The sound is rather generic. It reminds me of Scooby Doo cartoons with the scenery going by in a continuous loop. The sounds aren’t terribly interesting, but you can hear the clanking of knives and forks in the restaurant, the toilets flushing, the animals making noises, an occasional exclamation from a guest. I haven’t, to this point, had an enclosure failure, so I don’t know if you get to hear all the guests screaming if the lions escape. I also don’t know if the lions will eat the guests. I’m sure at some point I will find this out. Maybe on purpose (if there are no easily traumatized children around, of course). Zoo Tycoon is a Microsoft product, created by Blue Fang Games, and rated E for Everyone. The game packaging claims that it will run on Windows 98/Me/2000/XP. What I can tell you is that we run it on Me without any problem. This is an ideal game for any child who loves animals, and it doesn’t require anything more than your standard PC to play. The game has educational value as your child (or his mother) learns about the animals and about running a business. It’s also just plain fun. Zoo Tycoon has expansion packs available including Marine Mania and Dinosaur Digs. Personally, I can’t wait to get these and set up my own little Jurassic Park. I think I’ll call Grandpa……….. thnx for reading my review hope you enjoyed it.

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                      03.09.2005 13:38
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                      A great game. Create your own zoo and manage it! Highly recommended for anyone 10+!!

                      Zoo tycoon is a great game. You have to build a zoo and manage it as you are the manager (well you are really)! Choose from over 40 unique animals and build them their perfect enviroment. With over 175 zoo materials including waterfalls, rocks and trees! But aswell as keeping your animals happy, you need to keep your visiters happy, build them some food stalls and tourist attractions!!! Your aim is to create the ultimate zoo and gain big profits if you manage it well. Just remember if your visiters aren`t happy....They WON`T come back!!! You can either choose to play the freeform game which you can let your imagination run wild with, or play the scenario levels with challenges you can win or lose with. Both are just as fun but i personally prefer the scenario as there more challenging! You can also buy expansion packs which cost around £19.99 each. These include Dinosaur digs and Marine mania. I would advise you to only get these if you have a fast computer as the game went really slow for me once i got dinosaur digs. (i have 64mb RAM). If you have more it will work alot faster and the expansion packs will be worth buying. My favourate part of the game is building a great zoo when you have loads of money!!! My worst part is running out of money when you have a really challenging level. I find it funny when you build the wrong cages and the animals escape, eating and attacking the visitors! The certificate for the game is 3+, but i would advise it for 10+ as it is quite difficult in some parts! The game costs around £29.99. I would highly recommend it!

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                        I’m not a big computer games player. I enjoy the odd season of Championship Manager but find that generally games get too addictive and take up way too much of my time. This was confirmed when Paul came to bed very late one night and when I asked what he had been doing for so long, the only response I got was “Zoo Tycoon”. It turns out he had loaded the game onto our computer and then couldn’t tear himself away. So, of course, I had to find out what the big deal was. Well, not surprisingly, Zoo Tycoon encourages you to become a tycoon in the zoo world. To do this you have to build a zoo that looks after its animals, pleases its guests and makes money. It is fairly simple to get the hang of and the tutorials that are included in the game are very useful for getting the basics right. Tutorial 1 teaches the basic game controls such as zooming in and out of your zoo, rotating your view, undoing the previous action and clearing any unwanted items. Tutorial 2 takes you through basic gameplay. This includes learning how to build exhibits, adopt animals, hire staff, build paths and satisfy your guests needs. Tutorial 3 focuses on making and keeping your animals happy and teaches you how to choose the correct terrain and foliage, how to gauge animal likes and dislikes, how to understand the suitability rating of an exhibit and how to follow the zookeepers recommendations. I found the tutorials useful and good preparation for the game. There are two types of game – Freeform and Scenario. In the freeform game, you get to choose from a long list of types of zoo from the basic grass map to hostile rocky landscapes. There are 12 small maps, 9 medium maps and 7 large ones. You can choose the difficulty by changing the amount of money you start with. $10,000 - $20,000 is Hard, $25,000 – 100,000 is Intermediate and $105,000 - $500,000 is Easy. These levels are the same whatever size of zoo you opt for. The Scenario games are more structured and listed in order of difficulty. There are four beginner zoos you have to complete to unlock the more difficult ones and as you complete these, more zoos unlock. Altogether there are 15 scenario games at four different levels – beginner, intermediate, advanced and very advanced. Just to give you an idea of the difficulty levels, the first scenario gives you 3 exhibits already constructed that need animals in them. You then have to create a further 3 exhibits and achieve a certain degree of suitability and guest happiness. You have six months in which to complete the task. The last, very advanced scenario asks you to breed an endangered Giant Panda. But as well as doing this, you must construct 15 exhibits all with a very high suitability rating to attract the attentions of the Chinese Government and your guests must also be happy. You have 36 months to achieve these requirements. At any point in a Scenario game you can check on what is expected of you and it is clear which requests you have accomplished. At the end of the allotted time for the scenario, it lets you know if you have been successful and also gives you the option of continuing to build the zoo. For my first zoo building attempt I decided to play a Freeform game and chose the small basic grass setting. The land is flat so it is easier to build exhibits and it looks like the kind of place you could make into a nice zoo. I started with the default $75,000. So I chose my first piece of fencing and built my first exhibit. I find it easier to put up the fencing, adopt my animal and then get the suitability correct. This may not be the way you are supposed to play the game but once the animal is in its enclosure, the zookeeper will let you know what needs to be done to improve the living conditions. For each animal you must find the correct terrain, foliage, rocks and shelters including how much of each it requires. This may seem easy enough but these animals are fussy creatures and placing just one extra patch of Savannah grass than is necessary will send their happiness rating plummeting. Through playing the game, I have found that certain animals are easier to please then others. For example, I usually start with a Grizzly Bear. They enjoy solitary living and one is cheaper to buy than a herd, and they are fairly easy to keep happy once their enclosure is to their satisfaction, enabling you to go on and build your next attraction. Reindeer, lowland gorillas and chimps are extremely hard to please. Once the exhibit is complete, you should hire a zookeeper to attend to the animals needs. They don’t last very long before getting hungry and the zookeeper will make sure they have food, keep the enclosure clean and hygienic and heal any animals that get sick. I usually employ one zookeeper for every two exhibits. Before you know it, guests are pouring into your zoo and of course they need looking after too. It is now time to build hot dog, burger and drinks stands, give them picnic tables and benches to rest on and remember the toilets. Guests can become angry very quickly if they are not catered for. And don’t forget to hire Maintenance Workers who keep the zoo clean, the bins emptied and the fences fixed. As the game progresses more items become available for your zoo. This includes a wider variety of animals and better facilities for your customers such as restaurants and gift shops. Putting money into research and conservation reaps its rewards. Endangered animals become available for adoption and if you can get them to breed, this means extra money for the zoo. Also it becomes possible to buy “houses” of animals including the Primate House, Insect House and Reptile House. These can be quite useful as good attractions for the guests without having to get the exhibit suitable or employing a zookeeper. Making money is an important object of the game and you have to be prepared to drop into debt before the money starts building up again. One top tip for making some extra cash is to build a lion exhibit and a saltwater crocodile enclosure. The reason being that they breed fast. Of course, you can’t keep them all so you have to sell, earning the zoo more funds. Once your zoo is making a profit, it can then be improved upon. For example, I change my dirt paths into red brick ones and start making eating areas more attractive by adding in fountains and flowerbeds. Tour guides can also be hired to show guests around the exhibits. Everything in the game is under your control from admission fees to prices paid for food and gifts to how much advertising you do. The happier your animals, the happier your guests and this ultimately leads to more donations and more money. I am very impressed with the sound and graphics of the game. The guests walk around the zoo very realistically and the animals run around their enclosures. There are different sounds to be heard and these change as you focus on a different area. The animals make sounds, the ice cream stall tinkles like an ice cream van, guests can be heard saying “Wow”, the tills ring in the gift shop – the list is endless. Overall a lot of thought has been put into this area of the game. Add on packs can be bought including Dinosaur Digs and Marine Mania which include different items to be put into your zoo. I haven’t got either of these – yet. There are cheats that can be played in the game, some of which give you more money, some of which are amusing to try out (like making your guests sick) and some which unlock more extravagant animals (a unicorn and a dinosaur). I’m not going to mention them all here but if you are interested, a comprehensive list can be found at www.gamesites.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/zt/. I think this game retails at around £30 from all major computer software stockists but since mine came as an extra with my computer for free, it was definitely a bargain. If you’re into simulation games, I would recommend Zoo Tycoon. It’s a game all the family can enjoy and educational at the same time (I’m starting to sound like an advert). Enjoy making your first million – even if it is in computer dollars!

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                          09.11.2004 11:28
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                          Hi All Friends. Thank you for Reading My review Again. I like Strategy Games. That Why I Played Many Of them The Top of them is Strong Hold 1&2 I also like others (Age of Mythology, Rise of Nations 1&2, Age Of Empires………) but these all games on battles and covering region but the zoo tycoon Is different is the strategic game but in it you have to create zoo not to create army. This game is very interesting and amusing you have to create paths. Have to place different animals and create rest rooms and many many more. You have to make all the decisions you have a free reign, to do what you like.

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