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  • Summary: Build a world for wildlife in Planet Zoo. From the developers of Planet Coaster and Zoo Tycoon comes the ultimate zoo sim, featuring authentic living animals who think, feel and explore the world you create around them. Experience a globe-trotting campaign or let your imagination run wild inBuild a world for wildlife in Planet Zoo. From the developers of Planet Coaster and Zoo Tycoon comes the ultimate zoo sim, featuring authentic living animals who think, feel and explore the world you create around them. Experience a globe-trotting campaign or let your imagination run wild in the freedom of Sandbox mode. Create unique habitats and vast landscapes, make big decisions and meaningful choices, and nurture your animals as you construct and manage the world's wildest zoos. Meet a world of incredible animals. From playful lion cubs to mighty elephants, every animal in Planet Zoo is a thinking, feeling individual with a distinctive look and personality of their own. Craft detailed habitats to bring your animals' natural environments home, research and manage each species to allow them to thrive, and help your animals raise families to pass their genes onto future generations. Manage an amazing living world that responds to every decision you make. Focus on the big picture or go hands-on and control the smallest details. Thrill visitors with iconic exhibits, develop your zoo with new research, and release new generations of your animals back into the wild. Your choices come alive in a world where animal welfare and conservation comes first. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. Dec 5, 2019
    90
    Nearly flawless, Planet Zoo is a masterpiece of tycoon simulation, and is one of the most relaxing, engaging, and fantastical pieces of entertainment of 2019. It's a showcase of fun mechanics, and it really draws from the wealth of experience in Frontier Developments as a developer. It's impossible not to recommend this to anyone who has even a passing notion about the genre. Get this!
  2. Dec 16, 2019
    87
    I suspect that many players will have an uneven time with Planet Zoo. At times, it's pretty straightforward and provides the player with plenty of feedback so they can improve their zoo. Other times, the game has you digging around in areas that are unnecessarily tough to figure out, with tutorials that barely touch on the feature (if at all). The thing with Planet Zoo is that it is so charming and appealing that the fun parts outweigh the frustrating ones. It's not a perfect game in the genre, but it is one of the best ones you can play right now.
  3. Nov 25, 2019
    85
    In the here and now, Planet Zoo is the best zoo management game around and it’s not even close. It also features far stronger management systems than Frontier has ever achieved before, culminating in a fantastic package for tycoon and animal fans alike. There’s a lot to love here, even if the scope for creativity can’t hope to match Planet Coaster.
  4. Nov 11, 2019
    80
    Planet Zoo has turned out to be a complete, satisfying product, capable of entertaining a wide audience, thanks to its intuitive interface, accompanied by intriguing graphics and a complete localization in Italian.
  5. Nov 25, 2019
    80
    Planet Zoo will first make you remember Zoo Tycoon and then happily forget it when you realize you’ve got yourself a new game, as good as its ancient predecessor.
  6. Nov 19, 2019
    80
    Planet Zoo is an excellent zoo management sim with an impressive campaign and terrific graphics.
  7. Nov 28, 2019
    60
    Hardcore management sim fans may enjoy Planet Zoo, but others may find it overly complex and packed with an overwhelming amount of management options.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
  1. Nov 5, 2019
    10
    Okay so what to begin with... Oh man this game is so great. I was playing with my gf during beta and i thought that the game had so largeOkay so what to begin with... Oh man this game is so great. I was playing with my gf during beta and i thought that the game had so large content already and yet they managed to give much more content for the premiere. I wont spoiler anything and I suggest not to look up any lists of animals because you will discover them alone and wont be dissapointed. Cheers from Poland Expand
  2. Nov 5, 2019
    10
    Good geme, there are some big bus but other than that is a great game, 10 of 10.
  3. Mar 9, 2022
    9
    I have been playing this game for almost 2 years now and this is probably my favorite tycoon game ever, just watching your zoo grow and seeingI have been playing this game for almost 2 years now and this is probably my favorite tycoon game ever, just watching your zoo grow and seeing your animals thrive is incredibly entertaining, there isn't a whole lot to talk about when it comes to negatives, the only things i could really say are bad is the franchise mode mostly because the online economy is absolutely busted, but other than that it's a great game! Expand
  4. Nov 7, 2021
    8
    That game has everything it should have. I don't know what else should be added. Only new animals and buildings are in my mind.
  5. Sep 27, 2020
    5
    Updated review after patches:+4

    First off a warning: You should really switch off the character's voices, especially the constant laughter
    Updated review after patches:+4

    First off a warning: You should really switch off the character's voices, especially the constant laughter about their own jokes. I played two tutorial missions and was found naked and crying somewhere 120 miles away from home, that's how stupid they are.

    Compared with other zoo management games, especially from older generations, Planet Zoo completely fails to impress me. While it is very nice to look at when it comes to graphics and animations, in the end it was the lazyness of the whole thing that stood out to me.

    It reuses so many assets and mechanics - including the faulty ones - from Planet Coaster that it should have been a DLC for that game. Building pathways as well as buildings is as fiddly as ever, and half of the time you will fight the camera on top of that. The staff is barely functional by now, but you will still need six keepers per animal to not have dozens of warnings and alerts flashing on the side at all times.

    It's really keen on letting you know everything that goes wrong, important or not, including absurd alarms like "Low on cash". Not only is another distracting element in the already convoluted UI, since you can't really direct the priorities it makes the whole warning system useless. When clicking on one of those warnings it will change into one of it's several overview modes so that you can hardly make out details and have to switch back to building mode, having the screen go pitch black every single time.

    Overall it fails to make it's animals the stars. Watching them can be nice, but most of the time their pathfinding glitches out and let's them "swim" over the scenery. Except when they are swimming, then they are walking on the ground, even if it's way too deep. Birds don't lay eggs, pregnancies are not visible, and I really wonder why most of the work seems to have gone into the process of pooping. There are just too many weaknesses in the basic game design to make this more than a very average game.
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  6. Nov 16, 2022
    3
    It's a decent looking game, it just sucks that the gameplay itself is inferior in every way to the 20 year old Zoo Tycoon. DLC is ridiculouslyIt's a decent looking game, it just sucks that the gameplay itself is inferior in every way to the 20 year old Zoo Tycoon. DLC is ridiculously overpriced and simple tasks like placing paths or prebuilt exhibits are a huge chore.

    When I play a zoo game, I want to make as many different animal exhibits as possible. Not spend an hour fighting terrain elevation issues and etc just to make one basic exhibit. Grid based placement systems might be very limiting but they are preferable to this game.
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  7. Nov 26, 2019
    0
    game is unplayable at this point, it crashes literally everywhere, career mode is not working at all, save states break, i don't recommend itgame is unplayable at this point, it crashes literally everywhere, career mode is not working at all, save states break, i don't recommend it as for now, I myself actually had to ask for refund. Expand

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