Zoo Tycoon, a game created by Blue Fang
and published by microsoft, is a
unique simulation game letting you do what you've always wanted: run your
very own Zoo! Zoo Tycoon gives you many animals to make happy (and feed),
guests to impress (and feed), and staff to make sure of it (they feed
If you are familiar with tycoon or sim games in general, the
game play is very straightforward. You build an enclosure ("exhibit") for
your animal, and then you adopt one and drop it in. Simple as that! But wait,
don't forget you need to hire zookeepers to feed them and love them and clean
them and heal them and call them George. You have to hire maintenance men to
clean up after dirty, dirty guests and fix the exhibit fences. Not only that,
but those guests somehow expect you to give them food places, bathrooms, and
lots and lots of fun things to do.
You must expand your Zoo. Fill your Zoo with exotic animals. Enrich and
educate the masses with theatres and animal houses. Keep your animals happy
and healthy by doing advanced research into medicine, toys, fertility, and
more. Rake in money and save the planet by recycling animal droppings into
cash. Milk the guests with gift shops and over-priced dining. Oversee
endangered animal breeding programs, make fantastic realistic exhibits for
your critters, and reap money and rewards for being such a great Zoo manager.
The game comes with about 10 scenarios to play through, and you can always
choose to play "free form" games where you set your own goals or play any
way you want. More animals are available through downloads, and users will
be able to create their own animals and scenery. There are a few performance
issues with the game; check out the bugs section for
info and patch news.
Here are some REALLY usefull websites! Note: the "official" sites for the
game have very little game play info, so aren't listed here.
It has Stuff. Download parks, animals and objects.
This is the place to go for answers to all your burning Zoo Tycoon questions.
Less traffic than ZTR's forum, but still a good place to harvest tips and
get help on problems.
Another good, well-designed Zoo Tycoon Site.
A great resource for all the intimate details of Zoo Tycoon! Files are in
.xls or .pdf format.