Summary: Parents need to know that this simulation teaches about zoo animals, habitats, and how to run a business. If you own the original Zoo Tycoon , this sequel is different enough that your child will enjoy exploring this one as well.
Conclusion: Zoo Tycoon aims to be educational and entertaining for kids of all ages, and in some instances it succeeds. While the animals are gorgeously detailed in their own right, learning about them and creating an enriching environment for the cuddly critters isn’t always presented in an enjoyable way. Additionally, the never-ending menus are extremely cumbersome, and young players may get lost while trying to navigate through them for every single thing.
Pros: Great animal detail, Fun animal facts
Cons: Useless Kinect controls, Unintuitive menus, Boring research
Excerpt: I know there are lots of Tycoon games out there but this series has to be one of my favorites. I owned the first one and stopped playing it after a patch made it very unstable. When I saw commercials for this one, and seeing that it was 3D, I was determined to get it. I have not been disappointed, then again they haven?t patched it yet.
Excerpt: Do you dream about being a Tycoon? Do you enjoy playing with animals? Do you dream about helping endangered species? Well if you said yes to these questions do we have the game for you. It’s called Zoo Tycoon II and if you enjoy the thought of helping endangered species then the expansion pack Endangered Species is for you. Zoo Tycoon II is the second-installment of Zoo tycoon developed by Blue Fang Games and produced by Microsoft Game Studios.
Excerpt: If the DS can do one thing better than any console, it’s strategy games. Real-time or turn-based, strategy games work on the DS thanks to that handy touch screen that makes controlling troops, selecting units, or placing buildings a snap. One of the latest strategy games that I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying on my DS is Zoo Tycoon 2 . Sitting at my desk and placing exhibits, riding on the bus and hiring staff, it’s all in a day’s work in Zoo Tycoon 2 .
Excerpt: It's easy to see where the "Tycoon" part of Zoo Tycoon 2 comes in-- babies. More and more babies...to sell on the black market, I like to pretend. Sure the nature show bit is skipped, but magically, pint-sized critters sprout up in exhibits, cute little hearts over their heads. Once the hearts disappear, you're free to release them into the wild or follow your tycoon instincts and use them to make huge dollars! But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Summary: Zoo Tycoon 2: Marine Mania adds new scenarios and challenges allowing players of all ages and skill levels to test their aquatic expertise, such as rescuing marine animals, restoring their health and releasing them back into the wild.