Windows - 2001
Description of Zoo Tycoon
Zoo Tycoon takes the classic “city-building” strategy game gameplay and transplants it to the design and operation of private zoos. Additionally, it adds a more-than-thin veneer of educational value by including write-ups on the dozens of animals available and mechanics that reward matching species with their appropriate environments. The results are a fun, if somewhat fiddly, experience.
Your goals are two-fold in Zoo Tycoon: create enclosures that would make your animals content and offer amenities to keep your guests content. The latter perhaps has undue weight, as your zoo is principally funded by ticket revenues and concession sales. The resultant zoos are an amusing paradox: animal habitats will be far more natural and enrichment-filled than what you would see in a typical zoo, while the spectacular theme park trappings also exceed what would be deemed acceptable or appropriate with a typical zoo. Of course, this is because most accredited zoos operate on public and private grants, donations, trusts and taxes rather than stuffed animal sales and elephant rides.
The most time-consuming part of gameplay is tweaking your enclosures: while there is immediate feedback from animals in the form of increases and decreases to their happiness, the detailed “keeper” report refreshes more slowly, which can lead to the biggest in-game waste of money, especially since you have to build exhibits around animals rather than planning them in advanced [though someone who has mastered the game can certainly ballpark it]. Filling your park with amenities to keep guests happy is much easier, and you're far less prone to waste your money on screw-ups.
Overall, Zoo Tycoon is a fun game that will appeal to planners, strategists and city-builders. There several scenarios available with a wide range of difficulties and challenges on top of the many free-play maps available. One major drawback is the lack of a “campaign” game, where one might string together a career as a successful park manager.
Review By P. Alexander
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ari 2022-05-09 0 point
i need step by step, i have no idea what im doing, can someone help the steps here i dont understand
SHAA AZUNABURU 2022-02-03 3 points
Thanks to comments, I can confirm working 2022.
I had 'No CD error'. To resolve, mount CD1 and go through install, point the install to your installation directory, and it will say it needs 0mb to install. Then go through the installation process.
Do the same for CD2(Marine) mount and run the setup/install, point it to your installation directory, it will say it needs 0mb, run the installation, then you can play.
I dont know why we would need to install each time, but it works, and only takes 5 mins overall. Make sure to save/load your progress. (backup saves are always good idea)
macusernewbie 2021-10-28 3 points
I figured it out! The no cd issue-- To start off, I'm running this game on a 2021 Macbook Air using Daemon Lite and Crossover. First, I downloaded the install file from here and mounted it using daemon tools lite. That part is pretty simple. You'll see that it's a .cue or .bin file, so the only way I could use it was by getting daemon tools. I then downloaded Crossover. With Crossover once you've mounted the file in daemon tools, you can install it. This part y'all can follow the tutorials for. After that, here's where it get's funky. The game will install but it won't play because you need to insert a CD. For this part, download the no CD patch file. Unzip it, it's a .exe file. Then in CrossOver, you have to open the "bottle" for zoo tycoon, double click it and select open the c drive, then go to Users folder and click Crossover, then find the windows applications and open zoo tycoon. From there, you should be able to find the .exe file that matches the name of the patch file and delete it, then you replace it with the .exe patch file. It MUST be the file that has the exact same name, I believe this one is "zoo.exe". Voila! It should run. Y'all that took me two days and endless googling to figure out. But it worked finally! :)
Dini 2021-04-12 1 point
Hey it isn't compulsory to download deamon tools to play the game right?
Cenerentola 2021-04-05 2 points
Downloading and installing the game worked just fine, mounted it with deamon. But now, as soon I click on "play" nothing happens at all. The window disappears and thats it. Any help? Am using Win 10
Birchy902 2021-02-16 4 points
So I've uploaded the game, installed it by mounting it to Deamon tools and running the full install. Get to the section that says "play game" and it just crashes. On Windows 10. I have absolutely no idea how to get passed the final stage :(
saimsn 2020-09-16 -4 points
@the french girl, you wrote its obligate to click on quick mount before every launch. Which file do I have do mount?
null 2020-07-12 -1 point
nevermind, i found the answer. its unlocked through gameplay for anyone wonder.
null 2020-07-12 -3 points
for some reason i have only 8 animals to choose from and barely any rocks and trees to place. is this a bug or do i need to unlock it through gameplay? what's the deal?
Admiral Moo 2020-05-07 2 points
For anyone having trouble with the game not starting, heres a video tutorial on how to solve the problem in the grand majority of cases: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhBez_vKxNY
Yann 2020-04-02 1 point
I can't mount the image on daemons tools, it does not work (even with the step by step solution ...). Could someone help us out ?
flower 2020-03-25 -7 points
so I have downloaded the files but when i click on them it doesn't say I can open them!! does anyone have some amazing step by step instructions?
Trashgriffin 2020-03-15 2 points
Hello, I own the original game on CD including Marine Mania and Dinosaur Digs. Is there any way I could contribute to this?
MJ 2020-02-26 1 point
Game is installed.
1. make sure to download all of the files
2. the main file contains the cue file VLC
3. put the cue file out of his original file
4. start up your daemon tolls and click on the button in left bellow named as quick mount.
5. click on de cue VLC. Then a blue disc appears in bellow. click again and you are able to install the game.
6. Have some fun!
MJ 2020-02-26 0 point
I mounted the cue file in Daemon tools. However it opens the cue file with VLC player and nothing is happening.
Can anyone help me out?
thestrangesock 2020-02-21 1 point
I love this game, put hours into it. just wish they had the dino and marine version of it
Bird 2020-01-20 -1 point
Spent a lot of time playing this and rollercoaster tycoon. I'd buy this on steam in a heartbeat.
Topa 2020-01-12 1 point
Zoo Tycoon 1 is one of the classics I allways loved. But rn I am downloading it so I can download Zoo Tycoon 2, just for more animals..But Zoo Tycoon 1 was the best tycoon game I played.
The French girl 2019-11-14 22 points
If you download Zoo tycoon 1 on internet and you don't have a disk, here is a solution:
Step 1 : Make sure to download the game as a compress folder with a CUE file
Step 2 : Download Demon tool - the software allows you to turn CUE files into disc and create game support
Step 3 : Open Demon Tools. At the Bottom on left, click on "Quick Mount"
-this step is obligate every time you want to launch the game -
Step 4 : The creation of the CD disc is made, you must see the icone when you open 'This PC' , it will be in "Devices and drives" next to "Windows C"
Step 5 : Then run the game installer until the last step
FINAL : Start the game and the problem should be fixed!
==Don't forget to do the step 3 every time you turn off/on your computer to play !
DarioDRex 2019-10-25 -4 points
Can someone tell me how to fix the 'you need to insert disc' problem?
Davan2019 2019-08-25 -1 point
Even though I already installed and mounted the file it's still asking me for the disk to play what do I do?
Shan420 2019-07-04 4 points
THIS WEBSITE IS SO COOL. Finding all my old childhood games on here!
Hipertor 2019-06-01 1 point
SEVERAL visual aspects on the IU and objects in-game from the classic game are VERY different in these screenshots. Is this some kind of remaster?
Cristina 2019-05-18 2 points
Great download. Mounted it using daemon tools lite and it worked on the first try. THANK YOU!! This used to be my favorite game growing up, so it's really great to be able to play it again.
abbster707 2019-04-19 8 points
How do yall get it to work? im not too tech savy. Is it similar to downloading mods for the sims 4?
Mollie 2019-03-17 2 points
Works great for me using WinCDEmu to mount the cue file. This is only disc one of the complete collection, so I think no marine or prehistoric creatures.
Thank you!! Please add disc 2 if you can.
mrpenguinb 2018-11-16 1 point
The game has DRM, you have to download a crack/no cd patch in order for the game to work. Or else you could re-enable Secdrv (SafeDisc) DRM in Windows.
indian cowboy 2018-10-24 1 point
it doesn´t work! I can´t open it and it makes me really sad, I waited an hour to play it but it doesn´t work :(
I try it again and I hope now it´ll work
Milkyway 2018-10-04 0 point
I pay warframe,
and this is STILL one oof my favourites. Thank you for the easy download!
jonas 2018-09-03 2 points
So I downloaded the file and it has 2 files in it, a .bin and a .cue what do I do?
Civlit 2018-08-11 23 points
hmm is there a way to get the dino/marine park from "disc two" installed also?
Civlit 2018-07-10 3 points
got the game downloaded, mounted, installed and ran, on ingame loading page after intro movie clips it auto closes with "a problem has caused blahblah stopped working" :|
Cha 2018-04-18 0 point
Hi there! I am on mac using PlayonMac to run games such as heroes 2 or AOE 2, it works fine but I can't seem to be able to install zoo tycoon, could anyone help? thx
Stripes 2017-11-25 26 points
You have to mount the .cue file with a program such as Daemon tools to install and while you play.
Gert 2017-10-05 4 points
I have it installed, but it's now saying "Please insert the CD-ROM"... I burned a copy of the CD but still getting the message. Help please?
TheLord 2017-07-27 1 point
When i was litle i remeber playing this and having loads of fun! Windows XP rocks!
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