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  • Summary: In Zoo Tycoon 2 DS, players create the zoo of their dreams while collecting and caring for their favorite animals from every continent. The game features three game modes including Zoo Designer Mode, Zoo Director Mode and all new Zookeeper Mode which gives players the ability to view and care for three-dimensional versions of animals. Zoo Tycoon 2 DS also features new animals and environments, as well as complete use of the touch screen and DS Stylus for all zoo activities, ranging from zoo construction to purchasing animals. Players can also exchange zoo data with friends via multicard play and compete to see who can build the best zoo. [THQ] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Building zoos is a piece cake and there are enough options to satisfy most players. Serviceable graphics detract from the experience, as do technical limitations, but those can be forgiven.
  2. Overall, Zoo Tycoon 2's greatest appeal will be to younger gamers or tycoon game fans who don't mind exchanging complexity for the ability to play a tycoon game on the road.
  3. The game does a pretty good job at being fun, but when it comes to a good tycoon experience, it falls short.
  4. 70
    For gamers that have somehow not developed an opinion on the genre, or for that new generation of young gamers-to-be, Zoo Tycoon 2 is a simple, decently paced title that still has a good amount of hands on interactivity.
  5. While not terrible, Zoo Tycoon 2 suffers from a lack of sheen that creeps like dry rot into the foundations of the game, dulling the whole experience.
  6. If you are the type of gamer who enjoys simulation building games then Zoo Tycoon 2 will give you a healthy excuse to build the trump palace of Zoos. If you haven’t liked “Tycoon” games in the past, don’t start with DS version of Zoo Tycoon 2.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. Oct 11, 2011
    Overall quite poor, the graphics are comical and most animals have huge heads compared to tiny bodies. The addition of being able to care for your animals 'hands-on' (i.e. washing the enclosure etc.) is terrible and becomes incredibly annoying once the zoo has more than a few enclosures. All the decent aspects of the first game are lost and the bad points exemplified. A bad port. That is all. Expand
  2. SalM.
    Mar 14, 2008
    A pathetic attempt to port the amazing Zoo Tycoon 2 to Nintendo DS. Only a few animals, horrible graphics, and a rocky designing scheme lead to the demise, while the overall game has nothing to it. The zookeeper mode has you playing 4-8 second attempts at minigames to take care of the animals. You cannot explore the exhibits, or your zoo. DO NOT BUY! Expand