Windows - 2001
Description of Zoo Tycoon Windows
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
Comments and reviews
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 0 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 -5 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 7 points
hmm is there a way to get the dino/marine park from "disc two" installed also?
Civlit 2018-07-10 1 point
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 -2 points
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 17 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 3 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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