Critic & User Reviews
it's a fun game but...
posted by Tommy062870 (VERSAILLES, KY) Dec 28, 2013
Member since Nov 2011
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Had much potential.
posted by lordkor (MANAHAWKIN, NJ) Nov 30, 2013
Member since Mar 2008
8 out of 9 gamers (89%) found this review helpful
Lots of animals
Lots of decorations
Lots of research items.
Challenges are sometimes too hard to complete.
Restraints on the number of items you can put in your zoo.
posted by HIT_EM_UP9MM (ERIE, PA) Dec 7, 2013
Member since Aug 2013
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
free play is awsome
posted by dogwhisperer (CONNERSVILLE, IN) Jun 13, 2014
Member since Jan 2013
Great fun, even for an adult!
posted by FaylinaMeir (OMAHA, NE) May 1, 2014
Member since Jun 2011
I'm only giving this a 7 because it has a fatal flaw of sometimes freezing your xbox requiring you to turn it off and back on. I found this gets really bad once your zoo gets larger sized making it harder to get achievements. I finally got so frustrated I returned it.
Get really boring after a while
posted by CousinReactGame (SAN BRUNO, CA) Apr 26, 2014
Member since Apr 2013
It's fine, but it's a game that lacks some of the fun of the original game, and misses out on some of the most fun parts of the original game. It is worth the rent though. I liked what I played of it.
Surprisingly bad, even with lowered expectations
posted by Eric61425812 (NEWARK, DE) Apr 24, 2014
Member since Jul 2012
posted by klmkatz (LUFKIN, TX) Apr 21, 2014
Member since Apr 2014
posted by smitty517 (OREGON CITY, OR) Mar 26, 2014
Member since Mar 2014
posted by slytye16 (BLACKSBURG, VA) Mar 8, 2014
Member since Mar 2014
An okay few day rental.
posted by jmbsuch (WESTLAND, MI) Feb 23, 2014
Member since Feb 2014
My console froze quite a few times while playing this, thankfully this game auto-saves frequently and has a continue option. I found the transporting of animals messed the game up often and I would have to save my game and head to the main menu. However, I quickly learned that this cut out on the wait time it took for my animals to ship in and out. It took less time to save, quit, and load.
This game will test your memory when it comes to what you're looking for, or what animal you just selected. This was not always a good thing. Also, it may be a difficult play and quickly put down by kids less than middle school (6th grade in my day).
Overall, it was a good play the first day, but then became more of a job. Maybe that's what they were going for. I personally would not purchase this game to have in my collection. At one point I was only playing it for achievements, not so much for pleasure. An okay few day rental.
A Flawed Gem
posted by LakinisAssassin (KAYSVILLE, UT) Feb 10, 2014
Member since May 2013
The game may be "dumbed" down slightly from the PC version. But the controls on the gamepad work just fine. I thought the menu system was intuitive for the most part. However, navigation memory would have gone a long way into avoiding a few annoyances.
The animals look beautiful, but the people look stiff and gangly. The interactions you can play with the animals fall very short of entertaining, and seem like an odd addition. Animal care is tedious at first but not long into the game you are able to hire zoo keepers to do the dirty work for you.
The staff actually takes care of everything so well, that it almost plays to a fault. Once you hire them, that's it...everything runs perfectly. Sometimes a little need for micromanaging adds life into games like this. They almost seem pointless, as well as the tasks they complete. It would have been no different just removing them completely. That's a problem.
The biggest problem, however, is the limited amount of "space" you have to build. Not physically, but the allotted "pool" meter you are given to build fills extremely quickly. A much larger meter or an unlimited one would have added at least 2 points to my review of this game. The problem is so glaring it ruined the game for me when it filled up, and I was no longer interested in it. It ruined my "vision" so to speak and vastly limits the size of exhibits you can build and/or the variety of animals you want in your park.
It started promising, but ended up no better than the animal feces that your zoo keepers are tasked with cleaning up. Unnecessary and stinky.
posted by Jay2smooth (VALDOSTA, GA) Feb 6, 2014
Member since Jan 2014
posted by bbrodriguez (TOLEDO, OH) Jan 17, 2014
Member since Jan 2014
When I turned to the campaign and scenario modes I thought I'd have more fun but was left disappointed. There was no end to the scenario or campaign. I finished the achievements, filled the zoo, made the money, and reached the fame levels, but the level never ended. I was under the impression that beating these levels would open more animals, or options in free play mode, but nothing ever happened for me. In the end I grew bored of the game quickly.