Excerpt: It’s rather ironic that one of the best Xbox One launch titles is a game that most people with an Xbox One will never even consider, let alone play. Sure, games like Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome have that initial shock and awe factor, and Forza 5 is certainly addictive for those who like driving thousands of miles without ever going anywhere, but Zoo Tycoon not only delivers one of the most immersive and addictive strategy games I’ve played on any console (this...
Conclusion: Zoos are special and Zoo Tycoon captures that nicely. The sometimes disappointing limitations and even the dreadful menus don’t take away enough from the overall package to prevent it from earning a recommendation, particularly for animal lovers and families.
Pros: Satisfying time management exercises, Convincing animal models, Extensive customization options, Learning all about animals and conservation
Cons: Tedious menu navigation, Limited number of unique species
Conclusion: Zoo Tycoon is engaging, rewarding, and fun, just don't burn yourself out on it too quickly. It isn't so much for the hardcore sim manager, but for those not looking for a tremendous amount of depth, there's a lot to like with what Frontier offers.
Conclusion: Concept: Look at animals and build them homes in an easy, breezy simulation
Graphics: The wildlife looks great, even if the selection is a bit narrow
Sound: Lions roar, rhinos grunt, and giraffes…do whatever they do
Playability: Multiple menu layers turn simple tasks into time-consuming chores
Entertainment: Building your zoo offers fun moments, but doesn’t have any depth or reasons to try different approaches
Excerpt: Zoo Tycoon is the newest Xbox One release from Microsoft Studios and Frontier Developments that has players creating their very own virtual zoo. Zoo Tycoon may not be at the top of your holiday list right now, but it should be. The game features exquisite and almost realistic animals that show the true graphical powers of the Xbox One and allows true interaction with them through the power of Kinect.
Summary: Not all simulators are created equal. While some let you dabble into the tiniest microcosmic detail like individual wages of specific levels of society, others are content to let you roam free in a zen garden-like state. The newest iteration of Zoo Tycoon is decidedly the latter, as there's nary a concept presented throughout the course of a game that a child couldn't eventually figure out.
Conclusion: Maybe I want more complexity as an old Tycoon fan but I feel the port of the style has been managed well and showcases a nice enjoyable game where you aren’t forced to battle Romans/Zombies every 2 minutes. If you are like me and like these type of games then get it, but you know who you are, don’t try convincing your friend who only plays COD and Battlefield it’s worth the $50.
Excerpt: Frontier Developments caught my attention with a game that promised "Tycoon" style sim management and, yes, the ability to play with adorable animals. What I didn't expect was how deep and satisfying the sim would be.
Excerpt: It's Saturday night, and we're nuking turd piles in an Indian Elephant exhibit during a virtual heat wave. No one ever said that the life of a videogame zookeeper was glamorous. It's a lesson Zoo Tycoon teaches firmly; for all its warm, fuzzy screenshots of adorable chimps gazing at butterflies, Frontier's park management sim is a far cry from the developer's Kinect 1.0 launch title, the cuddly, kid-oriented Kinectimals .
Pros: + Easy to pick up and learn; nice Kinect interactivity; who doesn't like making animals happy?, + An initially huge suite of tools to build out your park with; Freeform mode good for the entire family.
Cons: - Doesn't introduce enough new surprises after long; re-researching for each new Campaign scenario grows tedious., ? Who knew lemurs pooped so much and so often?
Fantastic animal and business simulation, fun for all ages.
Common Sense Media
8 November 2013
Summary: Parents need to know that Zoo Tycoon is a zoo-management simulation game designed to be accessible to and entertaining for younger players. Kids will spend their time designing enclosures for animals, learning about their needs, and even interacting with them via the Kinect sensor (required to play). They'll also see some good role models in the game's silent but responsible zookeepers and witness the economics of a functioning zoo in action.