Summary: The graphics in this game are just terrible. You can barely see any of the details, and the instructions are hidden and extremely difficult to find. There's barely enough room to make about 2 or 3 exhibits. So don't spend your money on this game for the Nintendo D.S. Three words: Boring, Unclear instructions, complete waste of time.
Summary: Bought the game for my animal loving 6 y.o. daughter. The good part is it is real easy for a six year old to keep the animals happy; feed em, pet 'em, clean 'em, (all easy to do) and the animals are happy. The hard part is designing the enclosures. The game is picky on how and where you place the enclosures. Once you figure out what animal you want to put in an exhibit the game provides all the info you need to fill out the enclosure to keep your animals happy.
Summary: I just started playing, and I'm already a little frustrated with this game. I own the original Zoo Tycoon for PC. I don't know how Zoo Tycoon 2 is for PC, but this game is not user friendly. In the original Zoo Tycoon, I could put fences and landscaping (such as flower boxes for the guests) flush against the grid layout for the game. This game will not let you do so. It will also not let you build your own fence segment by segment.
Summary: I love the pc version of this game, and know that sometimes the ds versions fall a little short, but this is a very basic version indeed. The graphics are terrible, you can barely see what the animal is once it's in it's pen. And the water is square! You also have to fill in the terrain square by square, it doesn't let you drag and cover more than one at once.
Excerpt: I'm a big fan of Zoo Tycoon on the PC, and so when I realised that I could get it for my Nintendo DS, I was keen to try it. I discovered there were two Zoo Tycoon games available for the DS, and I decided that it would make most sense to get Zoo Tycoon 2, as they would in essence be similar but it would have more features and hopefully better grahics.
Pros: Easy to play, can play for hours, lots of fun