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Doesn't quite live up to its advertising
on August 29, 2011
Well, as a fan of the Zoo Tycoon games, I haven't been able to find anything as good as they are. I thought, though, that this one seemed the most promising. I thought it was great that it said you could put in African, Endangered, Marine, or Extinct animals in your zoo. I thought, "Cool, no expansion packs to worry about." But this statement is misleading. Yes it has African animals, but only the common ones like gazelles, zebras, elephants, lions, etc. It has some endangered animals, but doesn't have anything that makes that fact stand out. Also, they only have about 3 marine species, and they're the common ones, too: Polar Bear, penguin, and sea lion. As for the extinct creatures, there's no dinos, which I love to put dinos in my zoo when I play Zoo Tycoon, but they do have the Mammoth, Saber-toothed Cat, and Wooly Rhino, but that's it! So, if you like a wide variety of animals in your zoo, stick with zoo tycoon.
However, if you are more of a graphics person, this game doesn't disappoint. The animals are alot more realistic than zoo tycoon and so are the people and plants. This game is the best I've seen for these types of zoo games when it comes to graphics. However, because the graphics are so good, they were severely limited in how many animals they could put in the game. After all, a cd-dvd can only hold so much.
As for game play, if you like a game that you don't have to do a lot of thinking and that takes little time to learn, this ISN'T the game for you. The set up is complicated with many tabs and sub-tabs. The people are harder to satisfy, though the animals are easy to please, but even the trees will complain of getting too cold, or the ground is too hard. The plants can even get diseases! To me, that was kind of lame. I'm interested in caring for the animals, not wasting time caring for trees and plants!
I still give the game 3 stars because it is entertaining once you get the game play down, and the graphics earn it an additional star, so 4 stars in all!