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Zoo Tycoon Complete Collection - PC

Platform : Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows XP
Rated: Everyone
4.5 out of 5 stars 320 customer reviews

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Platform:  WINDOWS 98/ME/2000/XP Publisher:  UBI SOFT Packaging:  DVD STYLE BOX Rating:  EVERYONE It s your zoo and you re in charge! Uncage your imagination as you build the most fun and beautiful zoo ever. Keep the animals happy and your guests will go ape. Now you can monkey around with all three popular games Zoo Tycoon and expansion packs Marine Mania and Dinosaur Digs for a thrillogy of fun!Features:Play with all of your favorite land aquatic and prehistoric animals.Zoo Tycoon Strategy Guide (electronic on CD-ROM Learn fascinating animal facts.More than 100 animals in total.Over 500 objects including exhibits attractions and animal toys.30 challenging scenarios test your inner zookeeper.Interactive tutorials and easy-to-learn gameplay.Bonus Endangered Species Theme Pack.System Requirements:Windows 98SE ME 2000 XP Graphics card: 32MB INTEGRATED GRAPHICS CHIPSETS & LAPTOPS ARE NOT SUPPORTED. System Memory: 128 MB Processor: 233 MHz or higher Free Hard Disc Space: 1.4GB. Requires: DVD-ROM driveDIRECTX 8.1 or higher Sound Card: DX compatible

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An insidiously addictive simulation game, Zoo Tycoon allows players to create their own zoo, but not just any zoo. It's completely free-form: Start with fences for your exhibits, then pick animals and give them toys, foliage, and anything else you want. For your customers, you can lay down paths to lead them around, then add food stands, amusement rides, even maps and trash cans. Not sure what you need? The zoo advisors will tell you how to make the animals happy, and the customers themselves will tell you what they're looking for, be it snacks, more animals, or anything else. There's also a vast amount of background information on each critter--its diet, its habitat, etc.--which can be useful when you're adding a macrauchenia or a Loch Ness Monster. In all, you can choose over 100 animals, plus countless habitat and park embellishments.

What makes Zoo Tycoon Complete Collection especially compelling is its inclusion of the expansion packs Marine Mania and Dinosaur Digs, so you can add dolphin shows to your zoo, or even a T-Rex or wooly mammoth. Be sure to maintain those worn-out fences, though, or you could have big trouble on your hands.

Zoo Tycoon is a great game for kids because while they'll have terrific fun crafting the zoo of their dreams, they'll also get a reality lesson about what customers want, and how their choice of expenditures ultimately affect the bottom line (that nacho stand sounds tasty, but is it making money?). If you've made a good zoo, customers will be happy, and the money will roll in. And it's also the kind of game grown-ups can enjoy, because there are so many possibilities. Be wary, however, of trying to sneak in 20 minutes of play before bedtime because you'll probably stay up a lot longer than you planned. (Ages 7 and older) --David Horiuchi

Pros:

  • Great game for kids and parents to play together.
  • Endless replay possibilities
  • Educational value in its animal information and "real world" economics

Cons

  • Sometimes tiresome trying to get an animal's exhibit just right
  • How much free time do you have to spare?

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  • ASIN: B0000A2TPE
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 5, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,782 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Customer Reviews

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Zoo Tycoon Complete Collection is the video game my daughter was waiting for.
A quick overview: In the original Zoo Tycoon, you are in control of a Zoo building scheme, similar to other "tycoon" games on the market. The original game had many animals and features, and allowed you to solve problem scenarios and create you own free form Zoo. However, I thought the original Zoo Tycoon had rather limited selections for the money.
In the first expansion pack, Zoo Tycoon Dinosaur Digs, they went a little way to solving the limitations by giving you Dinosaurs to create your own version of "Jurassic Park". It also added (finally!) some themed concessions to make your Dino park even more of a time travelling adventure. But, it too was fairly expensive for an expansion.
In the second expansion pack, Zoo Tycoon Marine Mania, "Sea World" type attractions were added, along with some new theming concessions and other things that went a long way to solving the problems of the original limits of the game.
For a long while, some other additions were only available online. Several Endangered animals and some weird ones like Yeti and the Loch Ness Monster took quite a bit of download time to add to your park creation capabilities.
But now, in Zoo Tycoon Complete Collection, we have a truly complete collection. Not only is the original Zoo Tycoon included, but the Dinosaur Digs expansion, the Marine Mania expansion, =and= all of the previously only available by download material.
The added feature of being able to see a few facts about your animals in a special window could make this game an educational experience.
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By A Customer on November 1, 2003
We bought Zoo Tycoon and the expansion packs Christmas 2002 and our two sons (ages 9 and 7) are still spending lots of time with it. Without adult help they figured the game out and can win every scenario, although sometimes they like to let the dinosaurs out "just for fun" or create a "realistic environment" by putting bluefin tuna in the shark tank or lions in with the wildebeest.
The starter game isn't as much fun without the marina mania pack. The dinosaur digs pack is sort of bare bones, pardon the pun. All together it's given us a good year of entertainment.
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I don't write many reviews, but I just want to let everyone know that I think this is the best computer game ever made. You will not be able to tear yourself away from this game. If you've got kids, great--they can learn all kinds of things about animals. But, you can forget about your kids playing this anyway because you'll be the one sitting in front of the computer at 2AM every night building your dream zoo. I have never played a game where I found myself thinking about what my next steps are in the game after I turned it off.
Unfortunately, I'm a grad student who works, so I must STRONGLY recommend thinking before you buy this game--I've lost so much sleep because of it and I think I'm beginning to creep out my girlfriend.
But, if you've got time to play a cool game, then I highly recommend this one. I don't even play any of the scenerios--its too much fun just playing the freeform. Also, you can get a boatload of downloads to further your demise as a zoo dork.
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This is definitely one of the most addictive games I've played in a while. That's not always such a good thing, being a full-time college student. I remember way back in elementary school I was enthralled with a game called Dino Park Tycoon, but could never find it for sale anywhere and therefore could only play it at school. When I recently found out about Zoo Tycoon, I couldn't pass it up! This is a great game for kids and adults alike. If you buy it for your children, beware: YOU may end up spending quite a bit of time with it as well. It took me a few sessions to learn all the ropes, but once I did, I lost an entire Sunday playing.

There are two different types of game to choose from:

Scenario Games: These start you out with a predetermined lot size on which to build your zoo, and a set amount of money with which to do it. In addition, you are given a list of specific goals and a time period in which to complete them. These games end when the time is up, and you either win or lose (though you can continue working on your zoo after this point just for fun, if you wish). There is a long list of different scenarios to choose from, so it takes quite a while to run out of options (I still haven't played even half of them).

Freeform Game: If you'd rather just build your own personal dream zoo, and not worry about reaching fixed goals, you may want to play the freeform version instead. This is what I usually prefer. You can choose the lot you want to build on, specifying its size (small, medium, large) and type of terrain (grassland, desert, mountains, arctic, etc.), and also select how much money you want to start with (anything up to $500,000).
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