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  • Summary: Build, manage, and maintain the most healthy and vibrant zoo possible with over 200 animals, exhibits, and zoo materials. Plan wisely, and all of your animals will be happy. Plan poorly, and those lions, tigers, and bears may find a new found interest in you! [Microsoft]
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. It's a benchmark for finely tuned balance, interface, and polish. It has nearly all the little features we cry out for in these types of games but never overwhelms or frustrates.
  2. A fresh breath of air for the management style of gaming genre.
  3. The zoo theme is a lot of fun. Newcomers to sim gaming may get more bang for their buck, but oldtimers with a Noah (as in the Ark) complex will enjoy it as well.
  4. There are only two view levels, and they’re both fairly distant. This makes it not only hard to find animals or workers in a crowded zoo, but also, frankly, less fun to watch. [Feb 2002, p.98]
  5. 67
    More often than not, the gameplay mechanics and the zoos themselves are just plain dull. Watching animals circle around in cages while guests amble around on sidewalks offers little to hold your attention or capture your imagination.
  6. A pleasant diversion, but it’s about as deep as a puddle, and frustratingly finicky. [Jan 2002, p.93]
  7. Due to severe problems in graphics and gameplay, this title cannot hold a candle to "RollerCoaster Tycoon," still firmly at the head of the class.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. TimL.
    Nov 27, 2007
    Old graphics but sweeeet. So many options, specifically downloading new stuff.
  2. AlexanderG.
    Dec 28, 2001
    I love this game! The graphics are great. This is the best game since "Rollercoaster Tycoon!"
  3. TatiO.
    Sep 8, 2002
    O jogo eh muito legal, mas se torna cansativo com o tempo, se voce nao fizer novos downloads. Acho que vale a pena ter o jogo, nao me arrependi. Quem quiser me escreva. Expand
  4. Apr 5, 2011
    The best thing about this game was having the responsibility of looking after all the animals, but at the same time learning a lot about them. However, the graphics were undetailed, the sound kept going wrong and I became bored incredibly easily. Expand
  5. Nov 10, 2013
    A solid game. The graphics could have been better for its time, the gameplay was decent. It was riddled with multiple tiny bugs that took a bit away from the experience. To sum it up, basically a Sim City the zoo edition. Expand
  6. Nov 17, 2012
    The game is fairly old-school and was a fun game to play a long time ago and I enjoyed it, aside from a few bugs. The newer one is much better and has fixed many of my problems though. Expand
  7. Dec 15, 2013
    This is a terrible, terrible game. Everything about it is wrong. It's horrifyingly tedious, severe lack of customization, and terrible glitches. I hate this game. Expand

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