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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Zoo Tycoon (2001) is a zoo simulator series where you take charge of a zoo business, build the park, care for animals and attract visitors. You can build, expand, and upgrade the zoo by purchasing animals, creating suitable animal habitats, and allocating staff and resources for animal maintenance and care.

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)

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Zoo Tycoon 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Strategy game with Collecting, Creative and Sequencing elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. You can play online with other players.

Cross-Platform: Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection lets you play across Xbox One and PC.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 25 hours and 28 hours to complete. The game can be played endlessly as each zoo you create is different.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

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.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.

CostsCosts

Zoo Tycoon usually costs £14.99. 

Zoo Tycoon

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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 17/10/2001, updated in 2017

Price: 50% off

Out Now: DS, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Simulation, Strategy (Collecting, Creative and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Asobo Studio (@AsoboStudio)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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