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. Finally I have gotten to play this game again, and finish it off. Zoo Tycoon does a good job of letting players get the feel of running their very own zoo.
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. But that's just the niche filled by the Nintendo DS, right? That stylus should open up a world of simulated joy for us all, right? Well, don't count your ostriches before they hatch.
Pros: ups: good variety in animals and zoo templates
Cons: downs: awkward controls, poor graphics, no music
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? The top screen displays a constant view of your zoo. You use that, the d-pad, and the face buttons to rotate, zoom, scroll, and place things in your zoo. The bottom screen is your infodump.
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. The Tycoon games have all been very popular and well done on the PC but I never have had a lot of time to spend with them there.
Excerpt: Have you ever heard the expression "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"? Evidently, Microsoft holds to that. Microsoft has made quite clear the fact that they intend to overtake Sony in the console war, and they seem to be willing to use any means necessary in order to accomplish that, up to and including teaming up with THQ to release a Tycoon game on the DS.