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  • Summary: Encounter the ultimate zoo experience in Zoo Tycoon DS. Create the zoo of your dreams as you select your favorite animals and re-create their natural habitats. Get up close and personal while collecting and caring for the world’s most popular animals from every continent. Manage your environment properly and achieve the ultimate goal of a zoo full of happy animals and customers. [THQ] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 19
  2. Negative: 11 out of 19
  1. Faithfully reproduces the ZT experience, from building exhibits and guest facilities to managing cash flow. [Nov 2005, p.112]
  2. There is some redeeming value and fun to be found in this cartridge, but it could've been so much better had they really taken the time to get the interface right and improve the graphics a whole lot. As it stands now it's a slightly below average PC strategy game that's been hacked up and stuck on the Nintendo DS.
  3. The forced or rushed feeling of this title just weighs too heavy on me. And with the lacking graphics and clunky gameplay, this title just fails on all levels.
  4. There is certainly enough content here, but the poor controls and graphics don't give players any incentive to check it out.
  5. This is mocking everything that has made the PC version so famous. Unless you enjoy waiting on an almost silent, graphics diffuse gaming experience, or are the largest Zoo Tycoon fan in existence, stay far away from this title.
  6. 40
    There's very little to redeem a generally poor effort to create a tycoon game for the DS that has any personality or creates any real fun for the player.
  7. I'm so bored, I started watching people on the security cameras...and this happened today.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. CloeD.
    Aug 4, 2006
    I think its a great game full of suprises for every age!!!
  2. ColleenH.
    Oct 12, 2005
    I love the original and this one as well!! Its also easier to use in my opinion!
  3. JuanP.
    Oct 15, 2005
    Awesome game. This roXXors. Totally PWNs.
  4. [Anonymous]
    Jul 17, 2007
    Good game but had flaws should have waited before rushing to relese it.
  5. KaitlynM.
    Oct 13, 2007
    Welll, its ok, but its so freakin whaked! my Giraffes started acting like Elaphants, being happy with an elephant shelter, not a giraffe shelter, and its just bad! Its fun to a point but then all your animals are not happy or dont like their exibits, FOR ABSOLUTELY NO REASON! i cant figure out how to name the guests either, but apparently everyone else can! And please, can someone tell me how? PS Sorry if I made Zoo Tycoon sound horrible, its actually pretty fun, but it just frustrates me :D. Expand
  6. Oct 11, 2011
    Does a good job of capturing the PC experience in a handheld format, however rushed release has resulted in a number of bugs, such as animals freezing and game saves being wiped. Nowhere near as expansive and engrossing as the PC original, but a decent attempt that keeps you amused for a while Expand
  7. Oct 9, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The controls of this game are infuriating. I guess it's a successful port but the fact that it takes so much tapping to do anything really sucks the fun away.

    Be prepared, this is one of the games that will destroy your bottom screen if played a lot.

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