QGR: Zoo Tycoon


So much potential, so many disappointments.

Quick Game Review (QGR) is a new segment where we take advantage of our newly acquired GameFly account, and play some older games we know are either going to be bad, or not good enough for us to actually spend money on.  The review will be quick, short and straight to the point.  Who knows, we might actually find gold through this method.

Original release date: November 22nd, 2013.

Zoo Tycoon is such a beautiful game, but it’s such a disappointment.  I always have a soft spot for sim games.  Zoo, theme park, railroad or even city, it doesn’t matter what kind of sim game it is, I would always like to give it a try.  The thing is, Zoo Tycoon was very promising, until it shows lack of any gameplay values.

The game begins with a quick 10 steps tutorial process.  This is great, as new comers can quickly learn what Zoo Tycoon is all about.  You learn how to purchase animals, place them, promote your zoo and even how to attract costumers.  I have a great time doing the tutorial process, but the fun quickly wears away.  I’m looking forward to build my very own zoo, decorating it my way, and worry about the financial difficulties of operating a zoo, but these are not the case.  The game gives you a nice Free Mode where you can build a Zoo anyway you want.  It sounds nice, but this is when I realize the game has too many limits.  While you can unlock animals in the game, they’re all in the same family groups only.  Not enough attractions, and not enough concessions to build either.  You don’t have to worry about money in Free Mode as well, but it takes the fun away.  There’s no consequences in some of the sacrifices you make, because there’s no money to worry about.  Most importantly, you don’t even get to build a giant, mega zoo either, because the game has limit on how big you can build your zoo.  So disappointing.

However, it is kind of fun to focus on the individual animals from time to time.  Like I say before, the game is really beautiful and there many visually pleasure things for you to enjoy here.  The game gives you the option to focus on some of the animals, and see how they act to their surroundings.  It’s very cute, but it grows old quickly as well.

Meanwhile, the Campaign Mode is very disappointing.  It requires you to solve the problems of other people’s zoo.  Man, what about my own zoo?

Like I said before, Zoo Tycoon is a very beautiful game that has a lot of potential.  If only the game features a more substantial gameplay, then it would be perfect.  I heard the PC version of the game has a much better gamepaly value, and it features more animal choices than this game.  Maybe I will give that one a try some day.


Up next: Lollipop Chainsaw.


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