posted by smitty517 (OREGON CITY, OR) Mar 26, 2014
Member since Mar 2014
I love Sim games and really liked how this gamed played but the free mode has a zoo limit and i couldnt have more then like 6 different types of animals i could only fill up 1/4 of the map before it ran out of room. In the campaign mode you could game millions of dollars and not be able to spend it this really sucked i wanted one of each type of animal not every bread and I had to delete animals to get new ones it really sucked. I was hoping it would grow with my level but i filled up the zoo limit by the end of level 19 and now im level 41 and still haven't had an increase of the zoo limit so thus i am rating it really low.
This game was fun. The realism is pretty good. The campaign was fun but rather easy. Even the hard missions were beatable on two or three tries. As for being replayable, it leaves a lot to be wanted. The challenge mode is basically a sandbox mode. This is really fun but the cap on the buildings you can have really hurts this game. You can only have about 10 enclosures while there are many more animals that can fit into those areas. The campaigns are fun, but once they're beaten you get bored really quick.
Zoo Tycoon is a fun game, but soon becomes a game that you can't wait to complete and send back. When the zoo limit is reached it makes it difficult to achieve what you are working on. It throws everything off and you have to then decide what to get rid of. It would have been better if once you reached fame level 30 it unlocked more space.
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.