Excerpt: There are some games that we keep around for a long time, and finally get to a review. I have played Zoo Tycoon off and on for years now. I bought it with the intent of writing a review. Other games that came in bumped this game down in priority.
Excerpt: Tedium, thy name is Zoo Tycoon DS. I thought that Zoo Tycoon DS was a novel idea at first. What I remembered of the Tycoon series' gameplay from the PC seemed well-suited for play on the Nintendo DS. Why, then, is Zoo Tycoon completely counter-intuitive?
Excerpt: Microsoft's Zoo Tycoon series is an approachable, enjoyable franchise that allows you to build and manage your own menagerie of incredible creatures. It's the kind of game that is played almost exclusively with a mouse, and almost never works out on home or portable consoles.
Pros: ups: good variety in animals and zoo templates
Cons: downs: awkward controls, poor graphics, no music
Excerpt: I love going to the zoo. Ever since I was a kid, I have visited the Fort Worth Zoo, watched the monkeys, cautiously went through the reptile exhibit, and looked at the aquarium (before they shut it down. Dang you Forth Worth Zoo!!!). Zoo Tycoon is a title that in theory should be very fun.
Summary: Of all the tycoon games available on the PC and home consoles, Zoo Tycoon is probably about the easiest one to translate to the Nintendo DS. The concept of the game is simple enough to be shrunk down to portable size without sacrificing too much.
Pros: Plenty of scenarios and free-form templates to test your zoo tycoon skills
Cons: Next to no sound, stiffly animated animals and guests, and overall lackluster presentation, Cumbersome controls, Limited creative options are quickly exhausted, Only room for one saved game
Excerpt: Klassische Aufbau-Strategiespiele sind auf Handhelds eine absolute Rarität. Umso erfreulicher, dass Altron eine Umsetzung des PC-Titels ’Zoo Tycoon’ auf Nintendos DS gewagt hat. Ob das tierische Management-Spiel für unterwegs überzeugt, erfahrt ihr im Test.