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  • Summary: Featuring 30 incredibly detailed animals, a dazzling array of building tools and objects, a new zoom feature, and 3D graphics that allow players to keep a closer eye on the action and craft more creative zoos, Zoo Tycoon 2 is set to crank up the excitement, challenge, and fun of building the ultimate zoo. Easy to start and easy to play, Zoo Tycoon 2 gets you up close and interacting with the animals and zoo, offering intuitive controls and fun tutorials that allow players of all ages to enjoy the game right out of the box. From the start, you'll be immersed in the zoo experience with new features including the Zoo Guest mode, in which you can walk around and enjoy the game like visitors on a day at the zoo; Zookeeper mode, which allows you to interact with your animals as never before; and a new Photo mode, which lets you snap pictures of your favorite animals and guests and share them online with friends. Zoopedia, detailing all types of entertaining and interesting facts about animals, rounds out the new and improved features of the upcoming game. Unlike the original Zoo Tycoon, the new version allows players to participate in up to three challenging gameplay types: Campaign, Freeform, and Sandbox. [Microsoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Zoo Tycoon 2, for the animal lover young and old, is far more than twice the game as its predecessor and could easily have been called Zoo Tycoon Squared.
  2. It’s a simple, if utterly engrossing game with a concept that appeals to the kid in all of us.
  3. A solid game that is a dream for animal lovers and younger players. It is well laid out and well-presented. It just isn't challenging enough for older gamers.
  4. The hours of gameplay enjoyment are more limited by your personal interest in the game style and topic than on the breadth of the game itself.
  5. Novice gamers or gamers who don’t really like games where there are objectives (such as fans of "The Sims" or "SimCity") might like Zoo Tycoon 2.
  6. It is certainly not a rehashing of the former title and is a respectable entry into the crowded world of Tycoon-style games.
  7. 40
    It's passable in short spurts, but if you’re looking for something deep and challenging, look elsewhere.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Aug 29, 2011
    10
    Addictive and fun. Is basic enough for kids to play, but let's you geek out with challenges and business management if you want to really complete the game. Expand
  2. TyR.
    Nov 12, 2004
    9
    Pretty amazing stuff considering it's a kids game.
  3. Jun 30, 2013
    9
    even though its a children game and who gives a this game awesome and addictive game play, heck if you get to the free roam version of it you can do whatever you want, and it evens shows how to run a zoo perfectly i just wish this game was on steam since my copy of it was broken and its definitely worth your money if your looking for educational games. Expand
  4. K.Lawson
    Dec 5, 2004
    8
    It's a little rough at times, but Beth was wrong about the game not being 'worth the money' - I got a National Geographic DVD and monkey pen with my game, on sale to boot! I'm having plenty of fun in the Freeform mode, since I can build whatever I want at no cost! Expand
  5. Jan 17, 2014
    8
    zoo tycoon 2 is one big improvements the the 2001 game it still fun and enjoyable to play
    the game has nothing more then view animals in 3d
    the game itself is fun and i enjoy it a lot
    this game have alot awesome feature in it as well
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  6. BethS.
    Nov 18, 2004
    7
    If you played the first one this is disappointing. It is now a kids game. The scenarios are fairly simple. Creating animal environments is easy with the biome tool which simply puts all the necessary trees, rocks, etc. It is fun to walk around and do the zookeeper chores. You earn money fairly slowly which, just like the first one, leaves you staring at the screen until you can afford to build or buy something. The good animals are super expensive. African elephant is 20k. All in all not worth the money. Expand
  7. LukasK.
    Mar 29, 2006
    7
    It's very nice game. If you search for something for your kids you should take that. I spend 15 hours playing this game and it's quite good but you should buy a good pc too. The game has got a high requirements for that type of game. But the graphics is very nice and the customers in game are really "inteligent". Animals are breeding and dying. And don't forget to get a datadisc. Endagered species. Just try it. Expand