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Zoo Tycoon (Series) Review
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Posted: 20 months ago, last updated 4 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Zoo Tycoon is a zoo simulator series where you take charge of a zoo business, build the park, care for animals and attract visitors. You can build, expand, and upgrade the zoo by purchasing animals, creating suitable animal habitats, and allocate staff and resources for animal maintenance and care.

The latest Zoo Tycoon games feature four modes: Training, Scenario, Challenge, and Freestyle. The Scenario mode puts players in control of a preset scenario in which they have to accomplish multiple objectives within a time period. New items are unlocked as the scenario progresses. The Challenge mode is the same but with limited funds. The Freestyle mode differs in each game, but usually leaves the player free to build a zoo from scratch however they see it.
  • Zoo Tycoon (2001) on PC.
  • Zoo Tycoon 2 (2004) on PC with Endangered Species, The African Adventure, Dino Danger and Marine Mania packs released over next few years.
  • Zoo Tycoon (2013) on Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection (2017) on PC and Xbox One

There are simpler Zoo Tycoon games on handheld platforms:
  • Zoo Tycoon DS (2005)
  • Zoo Tycoon 2 DS and iOS (2008)

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 17/10/2001, updated in 2017

Platforms: DS, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Asobo Studio (@AsoboStudio)

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 25 hours and 28 hours to complete. The game can be played endlessly as each zoo you create is different.
 
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online. You can play online with other players.

Cross-Play: Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection lets you play across Xbox One and PC.

CostsCosts

Zoo Tycoon usually costs £14.99 to £44.99. 

Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection

Zoo Tycoon

XBox Store Xbox One £44.99

Zoo Tycoon Demo

XBox Store Xbox One Free

Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection

XBox Store Xbox One £14.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
 
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Zoo Tycoon Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@AsoboStudio) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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