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.
Excerpt: Date: 2/28/2008 Tycoon games are released on the PC in a fairly steady stream, but only a few of those games avoid being forgotten within a few months after their release. One of the tycoon series that have managed to avoid slipping quickly into oblivion has been the Zoo Tycoon games. THQ now attempts to capture some of that zoo keeping magic on the DS with the release of Zoo Tycoon 2.
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.
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: There's a guy here on HonestGamers--we'll call him EmP--that recently issued a challenge to the site's contributors. He suggested that we all should review games starting with each letter of the alphabet, 'A' through 'Z' by the end of the year. It's the sort of thing that can leave a fellow scrambling to find the right titles. "Where am I going to find something starting with 'Z' that I haven't already written about?" I asked myself.