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Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection - PC
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2008
Format: DVD-ROM
I bought this for my granddaughters, ages 9 and 8. They're a tad precocious, a friend's 11-year-old son liked the game and recommended it, and also my son (the girls' father) took the demo for a "test drive." So I was expecting my grandgirls to like it, but ... they LOVED IT! I couldn't get them to play anything else!! My son homeschools the girls, and I could see he liked the idea of being able to "educate" them about how to optimize their zoo, and the girls responded well to his advice. Plus, they exercised an enormous amount of creativity in the way they designed and maintained their zoos. Since they and their father had so much fun playing the game, I had to try it. I quickly became addicted. You should see my Asian Zoo ... !

The game provides various landscapes from which to begin a zoo. Many features are available for customizing the look of the zoo, attractions and facilities you include for visitors, and exhibits (animals in the habitats you design for them) you have. The game is informative, letting you know what each animal likes so you can build good exhibits. But best of all, it's highly interactive. The game lets you know if the guests are happy, and if not, why not--like not enough restrooms or too much trash because you forgot to hire a maintenance worker or that they're hungry if you didn't give them a restaurant or hamburger stand, etc. It lets you know what's happening with the animals, too. Animals give birth, get sick, get hungry, etc., and you hire zookeepers to keep them healthy and feed them, and you can see the baby animals grow up as you play. You can name the exhibits and the animals, as well as the workers. You have about as much total control over your zoo as a game could possibly give and you can easily find out the status of your profits, sell off animals or buildings, etc., that don't make money ... on and on. The graphics are excellent in my opinion. The visitors walk about, sit on the benches, look at the animals, visit the restrooms, buy souvenirs at the gifts shop, etc. The animals play, eat, go into the shelters, walk around in their exhibit, etc. I mean, it's better than really running a zoo because you get this god-like perspective of the whole thing. Cool.

If you or your child like games that require thinking and creativity and are highly interactive, I recommend this game. And once you've gotten the hang of Zoo Tycoon (with or without the marine mania and dino add-ons), then you can go on to enjoy Zoo Tycoon 2, according to my friend's son, who now has that game and says he likes #2 because you can become one of the people walking around in the zoo in that game.

The only thing I didn't like was that the marine mania and dino add-ons in the Complete version are on one CD and you can't install marine mania without installing the dino stuff. We would rather have NOT had the dino stuff.

Other than that, my only complaint is that I don't have enough time to play Zoo Tycoon as much as I want.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2009
Format: DVD-ROM
I played this for the first time some seven-eight years ago and it's still just as fun today! Even though it's an older game it works very well on my XP. This pack includes not only Zoo Tycoon, Marine Mania and Dinosaur Digs, but it also includes several other extra features I thought I should mention:

-Endangered Species Theme Pack: 12 new, rare animals such as komodo dragon, wild horse and yetti (I think. Though in truth I'm not sure exactly how the yetti got into my zoo. It also includes 40 new objects and three bonus scenarios. This is installed when you install the game for the first time, and all the new animals will automatically be in your zoo.

-Sybex Strategy guide: This is a huge guide in PDF format filled with TONS of information packed into it's 200+ pages. It's a little hard to find at first. To get to it, put disk one in your drive and then go to START and then MY COMPUTER. You should see an image of Zoo Tycoon in your d-drive. Right click it and select 'Explore'. In the new window, select the file called 'GOODIES'. There you will find the file with the guide in it.

Even if you've never played this and don't know if you should buy such an old game, try it anyway! It's only $10 and will keep you busy for hours.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2009
Format: DVD-ROM
Zoo Tycoon is a classic game that any one at any age can enjoy playing. In it, you must build and manage a zoo. Obviously. However, it is fun and educational at the same time. I enjoy unleashing animals at guests. Just make sure to save your zoo before you do it. With three zoo games in one, this is probably the best version of Zoo Tycoon ever made. I prefer the complete collection over Zoo Tycoon 2, or any of it's expansion packs. You will not regret buying this wonderful game.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD-ROMVerified Purchase
This is a great game with lots of animals, buildings and scenery. Also, you can download from zoo tycoon sites all kinds of new things and also get help with the game. I have revised my review because there are controls in the game for setting duration of messages, music, sound, etc... This game is truely a 5 star game. I know it's been out for a while, but I hate to pay for brand new games and their high price tags. Buy this game and you'll have hours of fun building your zoo.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2010
Format: DVD-ROM
I have played this game since I was younger, around when it first came out. It is a great game, and what is even better is that the game is still playable on win 7! I've noticed a lot of the older, but excellent, games do not work on my os (really quite sad if you ask me), but this one installs and plays perfectly fine. I've never had any issues with crashes or freezing.

This comes with both the expansion packs, and the core game for a mere $10, it's really a great buy. You can play the game for long periods of time, and it'll always be a good game. You can play the "campaign" mode or just select a map and go.

I think the graphics are decent, though they pale in comparison to newer games. I prefer the zoo tycoon (and other games like roller coaster tycoon) graphics look the way they are in this game.

This is overall a good game for any ages, especially enjoyable for younger kids, as it has animals and can be quite simple and easy. Great game for so cheap! :)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2008
Format: DVD-ROMVerified Purchase
This game is really fun for all ages and includes the expansion packs. Very addicting game. There are different challenges to meet to unlock levels, or you can just freeplay. You design your zoo, hire workers, and adopt animals. I am excited to buy the 2nd one as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2010
Format: DVD-ROMVerified Purchase
Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection For PC (CD ROM). This game was purchased as a gift for a 12-year-old relative and he could not be happier with it!

Zoo Tycoon Complete Collection combines three of the top-selling titles, including the original Zoo Tycoon game, Dinosaur Digs and Marine Mania expansion packs, allowing players to have a fantastic time as they care for land, aquatic and prehistoric animals in a zoo limited only by your imagination.

Players have the ability to work with more than 100 animals and more than 500 building objects as if it were an actual living breathing zoo that you created.

Players create thriving zoo environments by building exhibits that will best accommodate animals and keep guests happy.

Practically endless gaming possibilities including exhibit-building makes for fun mind stimulating activities with the added benefit of having natural educational values any parent or guardian will truly appreciate.

This was a great purchase and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a wholesome interactive computer game that can be played and enjoyed by young children without adult supervision.

Great games for the whole family at an amazingly low price!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 26, 2008
Format: DVD-ROM
Although we have Zoo Tycoon 2 as well, my kids still play the original quite often. They are 10 and 8, they really like making their own zoos and taking care of the animals. They've learned a lot about the various animals, their environments, and what they need. They like how they can make mermaids from the mermaid statue, something they miss with Zoo Tycoon 2. They like the cheats in Zoo Tycoon- The Complete Collection, such as being able to change the color of the guests' outfits.

This would make a great stocking stuffer for the young and young at heart who enjoy computer games.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2008
Format: DVD-ROM
Since receiving this software game in August, my daughter has been playing it nonstop. I would like her to get outside while it's summer, but she can't get enough of the game! I would reccommend this game for youngsters, it was easy to load, and self explanatory that a parent was not needed. My daughter is 12 years old.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2009
Format: DVD-ROMVerified Purchase
This game has enough possibilities to keep you entertained maybe for years! At the same time it teaches you facts about a large variety of animals and their habitats as well as teaching you how to manage money and resources to keep your zoo growing. My grandkids love it too so it's fun for all ages!!!
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