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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Zoo Tycoon 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 weeks ago.
The latest Zoo Tycoon games feature four modes: Training, Scenario, Challenge, and Freestyle. The Scenario mode puts players in control of a preset scenario in which they have to accomplish multiple objectives within a time period. New items are unlocked as the scenario progresses. The Challenge mode is the same but with limited funds. The Freestyle mode differs in each game but usually leaves the player free to build a zoo from scratch however they see it.
- Zoo Tycoon (2001) on PC.
- Zoo Tycoon 2 (2004) on PC with Endangered Species, The African Adventure, Dino Danger and Marine Mania packs released over the next few years.
- Zoo Tycoon (2013) on Xbox One and Xbox 360.
- Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection (2017) on PC and Xbox One
There are simpler Zoo Tycoon games on handheld platforms:
- Zoo Tycoon DS (2005)
- Zoo Tycoon 2 DS and iOS (2008)
Cross-Platform: Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection lets you play across Xbox One and PC.
You can play this game in the following styles:
9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although very young players can enjoy exploring and messing around in the zoo, to properly progress you need to have some management and planning skills. Much of the fun is in understanding what the animals and zoo visitors need and then working to deliver that. Youngster can have a better time with the game when played with an older sibling or parent taking turns at the controls.
Zoo Tycoon Demo
Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection
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Release Date: 17/10/2001, updated in 2017
Out Now: DS, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Players: 1 (4 online)
Components: 3D Third-Person
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