Zoo Tycoon (Series) Review

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Posted: 6 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Zoo Tycoon is a zoo simulator series where you take charge of a zoo business, build the park, care for animals and attack visitors with attractions. 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)

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

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

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

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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

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 3+.


This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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