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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: 16 out of 28
  2. Negative: 8 out of 28
  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 9, 2019
    10
    If you like tycoons and animals this is game for you. It is a little bit complex to manage a zoo but if you played Planet Coaster then it isIf you like tycoons and animals this is game for you. It is a little bit complex to manage a zoo but if you played Planet Coaster then it is easier than playing it without some previous experience. So if you don't know what to play then this game is made for you :D Expand
  3. Nov 13, 2019
    9
    This brings me back to my childhood playing the old Zoo Tycoon games, I am however missing some key features like playing as the Zoo KeeperThis brings me back to my childhood playing the old Zoo Tycoon games, I am however missing some key features like playing as the Zoo Keeper and I also experienced a game breaking bug where my keepers wouldnt feed my flamingos... causing them to die. 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. Jul 27, 2020
    6
    As Zoo Tycoon 2 was my favorite game as a child, this was probably my most anticipated game of last year, and I pre-ordered the deluxeAs Zoo Tycoon 2 was my favorite game as a child, this was probably my most anticipated game of last year, and I pre-ordered the deluxe edition. unfortunately, the great graphics and adorable animals do not make up for the hellishly frustrating building system and the constant workflow interruptions by annoying chores.
    The game did become better with patches, but it still has a long way to go to be the experience of my dreams, which is a shame considering it has many good things going for it.
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  6. Jan 23, 2021
    4
    I'm a big fan of simulation games, grew up with classics like Sim City and Sim Ant. I also really enjyed the Roller Coaster Tycoon series.I'm a big fan of simulation games, grew up with classics like Sim City and Sim Ant. I also really enjyed the Roller Coaster Tycoon series.

    I saw some people playing this on YouTube and decided to give it a go.

    When I first tried playing it, in less than an hour I was asking for a refund because of how bad the controls are. If you have never played a [Planet] game before, you'd have no idea going in what you are in store for. And none of the videos I saw actually said anything about how bad the interface is.

    As I was waiting for my refund, I decided to watch some other videos on Planet Zoo. I stumbled upon a video of a guy making buildings and he was explaining how the building works and using examples, he was showing how to line stuff up and use the gride system.

    I ended up going back to Planet Zoo and after a lot of work, I started to get the hang of it. And while I am now managing to play the game (somewhat), my opinion is that even after taking hours to learn what Planet Zoo expects from me, the controls are still terrible.

    Even after taking the time to learn how the game controls and how building works, I feel like the game is constantly working against me every step of the way. I cannot tell you how many zoos I started as I tried to figure out what the hell was going on.

    A good example is how someone gave me a tip on using walls early on to square off my property so that it'll be easier later on to have a zoo that is aligned up with a grid (more or less). I spend all this time messing around with the game's terrible mapping and building system, finally start to get a halfway decent zoo going on, and then when I go to create a path moving past the side of a animal habitat, it refuses to allow me to place the path down that way.

    There's nothing in the way, there's plenty of room between the habitat and the path, the ground is nice and even, I cannot find ANYTHING wrong with where I want to to place my path and yet this game refuses to do it. Yes, the ground level option is off.

    Planet Zoo is a fantastic game that is completely crippled by their overly complicated, user aggressive controls and building system. New players are warned there is a huge learning curve to the 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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