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Planet Zoo PC

An economic strategy in which we take on the role of a zoological park manager. Production is distinguished by realistic animals with their own characteristics and needs described in detail. Frontier Developments is responsible for creating and issuing this title.

Strategy | Economic | zoo | animals

PC / Windows
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Game mode: single player

English language game language: English

game release date for PC:


Planet Zoo is an economic strategy game in which player run a zoological park. The production is a continuation of Planet Coaster released in 2016 (although it differs in its subject matter - in that game, players ran an amusement park, not a zoo). It was created and published by Frontier Developments studio (also known from the Elite: Dangerous).


In Planet Zoo, players' task is to run the zoological park in an efficient way. It is necessary to adapt the individual places to the needs of given animals (they are described by an extensive set of statistics). Players decide, among other things, about the shape of the terrain, take care of the right temperature, as well as the guests' impressions (by choosing the right buildings and also determining the design and decoration of the park). It is also necessary to take into account the financial condition of one's zoo.

In the game, players can find a wide range of different animals, such as elephants, wolves, bears, lions, hippos, and giraffes. Each creature has different needs, behaviors, and even its own character. Almost all decisions, even seemingly trivial ones, like choosing the colour of the walls, may have some meaning. Realistic representation of the animals is one of the most important features of the game - creatures "think", "feel", and behave in a way very similar to their equivalents from the real world.

The creators at Frontier Developments have also included several interesting mechanics in their production, such as genetics and reproduction, which allow players to plan future generations of species to avoid the consequences of too limited genetic pool. The game also features a variable weather system.

Game modes

One can playPlanet Zoo solo. The game is based on single player modes - sandbox and a feature campaign.

Frontier Developments also offers limited network functionality, allowing players to share their scenery, habitat, and even entire parks with the community through Steam Workshop.

Technical aspects

Planet Zoo has a very attractive 3D visuals. The game world is quite detailed, but the best impressions are definitely made by the animals - their models are realistic and very well animated. The creators even used a special technology, which is responsible for a credible fur simulation.

Game score 7.65 / 10 calculated out of 163 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.0 / 10 calculated out of 143 players' votes.  

System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

  • Minimum:
  • Intel Core i5-2500 3.3 GHz / AMD FX-6350 3.9 GHz
  • 8 GB RAM
  • graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 770 / Radeon R9 270X or better
  • 16 GB HDD
  • Windows 7(SP1)/8.1/10 64-bit
  • Recommended:
  • Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz
  • 16 GB RAM
  • graphic card 8 GB GeForce GTX 1070 / Radeon RX 580 or better
  • 16 GB HDD
  • Windows 10 64-bit
Planet Zoo Review  Is This Even a Game?
Planet Zoo Review Is This Even a Game?

game review 05 November 2019 10:00

An excellent, fascinating and satisfying... job. Playing Planet Zoo is like going to work. You try not to get tired, then you get tired, and in the end you're happy with what you accomplished anyway.

Planet Zoo - New Game From Elite Dangerous Devs
Planet Zoo - New Game From Elite Dangerous Devs

news 24 April 2019 16:20

Frontier Developments, the creators of Elite: Dangerous and Jurassic World Evolution, announced Planet Zoo. The game is to be a complex economic strategy that will allow us to manage a zoo and will be distinguished by exceptionally realistic depictions of animals.

First Gameplay From Planet Zoo - True Paradise For Animal Lovers
First Gameplay From Planet Zoo - True Paradise For Animal Lovers

news 15 June 2019 12:35

The first gameplay video of Planet Zoo has appeared over the web. The extensive material presents the most important aspects of this production and surprises with its attention to detail. All animal lovers should be satisfied.

Planet Zoo Gamescom Trailer and Beta Test Schedule
Planet Zoo Gamescom Trailer and Beta Test Schedule

news 20 August 2019 13:37

Frontier Developments has revealed the start date of the closed beta tests of its new strategy game Planet Zoo. Moreover, with gamescom 2019 in mind, the developers have prepared an eye-catching trailer of their work.

Long Gameplay From Planet Zoo Focuses on Animal Care
Long Gameplay From Planet Zoo Focuses on Animal Care

news 03 September 2019 23:28

Frontier Developments has published a long gameplay from Planet Zoo. This time the devs focus on the challenges waiting for the players in terms of animal care.

Frontier Shows That Tycoons Aren't Dead Yet
Frontier Shows That Tycoons Aren't Dead Yet

news 21 May 2020 10:54

Frontier Developments has published the 2020 fiscal year summary report. The company boasted excellent sales of Planet Zoo and Jurassic Park: Evolution and excellent financial results.

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