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An OK Tycoon Game
on December 28, 2004
My brother got this game a year or so ago and I like to play it. In the game you have the option to play a freeform game, which is a game you don't have any objectives or anything, and just build a zoo from scratch, and having the option of spending up to $500,000 (of course you can cheat and use the unlimited money cheat...=P press 'shift' and '4'). This is one of the advantages of this game. You can also do the tutorial and scenario games, which as in many of the other tycoon games, you need to complete certain objectives in a certain amount of time. (For example one of these objectives might be "In 18 months, achieve an average exhibit suitability rating of 85, an average guest happiness of 80, and process at least 1 baby White Bengal Tigers, Okapis, and Snow Leopards.")
Playing the freeform games are fun, because you can set your own options. Like in the other tycoon games, you can do research, edit terrain, build paths, buy restaurants and stands/stalls, build attractions, adopt animals, and more. The paths tool is also more efficient; you can drag your mouse and construct a 30-foot path instead of the standard 5-feet-at-a-time that you have to do on Roller Coaster Tycoon. You also have a very wide of animals to choose from; such as savannah, rainforest, coniferous, deciduous, grassland, ocean, fresh-watered, and highland animals. There are even unicorns.
One of the biggest disadvantages of this game is that you have really stupid guests (as another viewer mentioned), and that the game itself is hardly challenging (at least until you work on the 'advanced' and 'very advanced' scenarios). The guests in this game are really mindless and hard to work with, especially at the advanced and very advanced scenarios. It's a pain in the royal behind really, because they will walk of paths and wander so deep in your huge park that you can't find them, and they will starve and be unhappy and bring your guest happiness rating down, and you need ratings of at least 93/100 to win.
The graphics in this game are really pretty. There's the nice Thompson's Gazettes, that spring around happily in the exhibits, and the bears that roar and run around, and when you're constructing the exhibits the terrain blends together quite nicely.
But I would recommend this for an animal lover. You learn quite a bit about animals' habitats. But me? Pick up any of the Roller Coaster Tycoon packs instead. You might find them to be a bit more fun.