developer: Blue Fang Games
publisher: Xbox Game Studios / Microsoft Studios
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: local network / Internet
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Zoo Tycoon 2 for PC brings a continuation to a very popular economic game. The player's task is to run their own zoo here. The sequel to Zoo Tycoon gives an opportunity to acquire specimen of about thirty animal species – each of those has to remain controlled at all times. The player also needs to make sure they have adequately-trained staff – animal trainers, cleaners, security members or entertainers for guests of one's zoo. A lot of building types were included here. The player begins with building cages for animals, but one also needs to take care of structures for amusement or objects making the entire place more attractive, such as lanterns, benches, gardens, fountains or stylish bridges. The game's interface is simplified, so it is easy for the player to manipulate the zone they own. Financing the zoo is an important element of the experience. The player has to pay attention to many significant factors, such as ticket prices or salaries of one's employees. A few standard game modes were included: the sandbox mode, the career, and the free-form mode, which is devoid of any limitations.
Zoo Tycoon 2 for PC utilizes a fully three-dimensional environment. The player can zoom the view in and out, but also rotate the perspective. Introducing a 3D environment created room for the possibilities to modify the zoo, so the player can now build far more sophisticated structures. Zoo Tycoon 2 introduces a lot of significant innovations into the experience. The creators prepared many interesting training missions that can get the player familiar with the rules. One can use the help option at any time, and this element was extended here. The creators placed a large emphasis on giving an opportunity to admire the beauty of one's animals; the player can take photos in the game and place them in a special folder or send to the game's website. Interestingly, the game brings the Keeper Mode, which focuses on taking care of animals and training them. Guest Mode is the last new component brought by the sequel – the player assumes the role of a guest at a zoo. The game has an in-built encyclopedia (Zoopedia), which contains information about the species of animals one currently breeds.
Game score 7.885 / 10 calculated out of 2626 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Pentium III 733 MHz, 256MB RAM, graphic card 16MB, 900 MB HDD