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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Game for Kids and their Parents, March 4, 2014
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This review is from: Zoo Tycoon XBOX ONE (Video Game)
One of the few games available for the Xbox One at launch was Zoo Tycoon. I downloaded the demo and it sat on my console for more than a week before I decided to play it while I was home alone with my 2 and 3 olds to see if they would like it. They loved it from the moment I turned it on because of the great graphics and variety of animals and animal interaction.

This game on the Xbox One isn't like your typical 'sim' or 'tycoon' games, it isn't even really like the Zoo Tycoon for PC because you have the ability to walk around as if you were a person in the zoo. (You have the option by pressing Y to zoom up above the zoo so it is more like the typical Tycoon games if you want.) Most of the responsibilities in the game involve make sure the animals are happy, fed, and clean. Throughout the game you face challenges related to these as well as a few others.

When you first start the game, there are a number of tutorials which show you how to play the game and what your responsibilities are in the game. There are a lot of things I like about the game and some things I don't. Over all a great game for younger kids to watch you play since it is so interactive with some of the animals, not too hard to figure out for a little bit older children, and even some challenges to keep my wife playing and enjoying the game herself.

My kids loved being able to walk up to a giraffe or elephant and grab a piece or fruit and feed the animals from your ‘hand’. You can even play with the monkey’s and they copy what you do. You can use the Kinect here to use your face or hand and arms and the monkeys will copy your movements. You can name everything in the Zoo from each animal to the Zoo itself. It takes money, which the better you zoo the more you make, but you can adopt and sell animals at any point. We tried putting a lion in three giraffes but the game wouldn’t let us, too bad, wouldn’t have been cool to see what would happen, haha.

The Good:
Free roaming in the zoo’s
So many way to interact with many different animals
Character able to drive vehicle around zoo (which was kind of fun drifting around corners in themed golf carts)
Easy for children to figure the game play and goals out
Lots of different animals
Good use of Kinect that worked well more often than not
You can have other friends with an Xbox One copy of the game and they can take care of your animals for you.
A few different game modes, like free play where you have as much money as you want to build

The Bad:
Sitting around and waiting for ‘research’ to be done so you can unlock more animals
Not being able to design the zoo how you want to with the sidewalks, you just place the new exhibit and the paths/sidewalks are made for you, takes some of the fun away.
Menus felt a bit limited
Not enough content/challenges for longtime serious sim fans

I would say for one of the few family friendly games for the Xbox One that doesn't involve throwing birds around or building Legos, its pretty good and definitely worth the $39.99 MSRP.
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