Zoo Tycoon - PC

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Zoo Tycoon (PC)
Also for: Power Mac
Viewed: 2D Isometric, Scrolling Genre:
Strategy: Management
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Microsoft Soft. Co.: Microsoft
Publishers: Microsoft (GB)
Released: 2 Nov 2001 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
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While most genres have been fully explored, there are still a few game ‘themes’ that have been left untouched. Eager to expand on its Flight Simulators and Train Simulators, Microsoft has taken a step into the animal kingdom with Zoo Tycoon for PC.

Building and managing your own Zoo is certainly an interesting way to make a living. Your job as manager will be wide-ranging. Just a few of the tasks involved within the game entail setting price points, importing new, exotic animals to your zoo, managing the staff that run your park and keeping your guests happy. There are a vast number of variables to consider.

Those with little experience of any kind of ‘tycoon’ game can take advantage of the game’s tutorial section, a crucial addition to the Zoo Tycoon gameplay. Here you can learn how to master all of the above playing aspects and prepare yourself for the real game.

Zoo Tycoon allows its players to build and manage a zoo from scratch. The playing area is positioned on a grid-like isometric environment in which you must maintain an organised park structure. As long as you don’t waste too much space within the playing environment, your park will be reasonably profitable. If, eventually, you think yourself to be a bit of a Zoo Tycoon veteran, you could always tackle one of the game’s challenging scenarios.

Of the thousands of games available for PC, this one is certainly different. While the gameplay mechanics are the same as most strategy games, Zoo Tycoon offers a unique playing experience.