Excerpt: Zoo Tycoon DS 2 lets the player take on the role of a zoo designer. THQ brings us this slice of hand held architecture. Players get to design their own zoo’s complete with animal exhibits. Zookeepers, workers, and guests are all a part of the program. Don’t forget things like concession stands, and bathrooms or the visitors will not be too pleased. THQ made sure a very educational tutorial was included in this Nintendo DS cartridge.
Summary: Despite the aforementioned design flaws, after putting in some time, I did enjoy
Zoo Tycoon 2 DS
. I found it hard to put down the DS, and discovered that I really did want to build the perfect zoo (ha ha). That said, unless your expectations are distinctly limited, the game’s many restrictions make it all but impossible to build the zoo of your dreams.
Pros: Despite a slow and annoying start, this sort of thing can become somewhat addictive over time., Lots of animals to choose from.
Cons: Graphics aren’t so hot – was that a lion, or a moldering head of lettuce?, Game limits the number of animals you can have at a certain time., “Zoo Keeper mode” is no fun whatsoever.
Summary: Developed by Altron, Zoo Tycoon 2 DS includes improved gameplay and new features that will captivate fans of the life simulation genre, as well as animal lovers who have long dreamed of running their own zoo.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a zoo simulation game in which kids will learn about all aspects of zoo administration: construction, administration, and animal care-taking. It also teaches kids about animals including which earth "biome" the animal belongs to (i.e. savannah, tundra, boreal) to help them construct the proper habitat. In multiplayer mode, kids can trade zoos with each other or race to build the best zoo in Tycoon Showdown mode.
Excerpt: Zoo Tycoon 2 for the Nintendo DS is a management sim that lacks the depth or difficulty to make it interesting for anyone other than its intended kiddie audience. But even so, parents looking at this title as a way to get their little tykes interested in the plight of some of the world's most endangered animal species may want to think again, as Zoo Tycoon 2 sends some decidedly mixed messages about animal welfare thanks to its ultrasimplistic gameplay.
Pros: Lots of information about all the animals
Cons: Management options for animals and facilities are light, Not at all challenging, Game allows you to overcrowd animal enclosures, Plain-looking
Summary: If you like animals a whole lot and you don’t mind putting some serious time or effort into a portable title, this is a must have title. Otherwise, it’s worth consideration if you simply like strategy games or “Tycoon” games in general.
Pros: -Nice amount of things to build., -Wide variation of animals, even including dinosaurs and yetis!, -New multiplayer mode adds some replayability., -Zoo Tycoon “on the go” = Awesome.
Cons: -Terrible music., -Most sound effects suck., -Stylus mechanics could have been better.
Excerpt: As a kid I always enjoyed the Rollercoaster Tycoon series, so I figured playing Zoo Tycoon 2 DS would at least be slightly entertaining. THQ published Zoo Tycoon DS in 2005 but the game was not welcomed by a lot of critical success. I am not sure how Zoo Tycoon 2 DS compares to the original, but it has some entertaining qualities that make it a decent time waster.