Not the quality of Zoo Tycoon, but not bad
Really not a bad game, though I see it has gotten some bad reviews. I haven't had any trouble with my scenarios not being saved, maybe that is a glitch that was fixed in the version I got. The main problem I've had is that sometimes the workers won't work, especially the maintenance workers, who tend to stand around doing nothing even though I'm getting messages that "items are damaged or broken" - and no way to do the work myself. Keepers sometimes won't feed the animals until I assign them the task of doing it, though this isn't a huge problem as long as I pay attention to my messages and to my animals' happiness levels, and assign a keeper to feed them as soon as I see that one is very hungry.
One other problem that might be a glitch was that initially when I started playing, animals would starve or die of thirst even though food and water were available. However, I have since found that giving them a larger and less cluttered enclosure usually keeps this from happening. I try to put most of the trees and bushes and things around the edge of the enclosure out of the way, and the water in the middle where it is easy for the animal to get to it.
There are a few annoying features of the game. The messages get to be a nuisance, always telling me that my animals and guests are happy - I would rather just know when they are not happy. Also at the end of each month, a monthly summary window comes up which can get annoying as it always interrupts whatever I'm doing at the time.
The graphics are okay, in fact I think the graphics are rather cute, especially the animals and objects. The people are not very realistic-looking, too cartoonish and too many people that all look the same. There is a reasonable (though not huge) variety of animals, objects, and guest items to choose from. Managing money can be a challenge (not necessarily a bad thing), as you not only have to watch your current balance, but also be aware of what you are spending on monthly expenses like staff salaries and research expenses, or you can find yourself in the red at the end of the month when you have to pay up.
Overall, it is not quite up to the quality of Zoo Tycoon (I have versions 1 and 2 of Z.T.). However, it does allow a much closer view of the animals and people than in Zoo Tycoon 1, and when an animal is unhappy it is usually more specific about its needs than in Zoo Tycoon 2. The scenarios are usually interesting and do get progressively more challenging, especially after the tutorial levels. The game is not perfect, and I can see why some people might not like it, but I do enjoy it and I think it is worth a better score than what it has gotten so far.
June 20, 2012
Confusing and disappointing
downloaded this game as it looked like Zoo Tycoon and I love that game however, controls are too fast and hard to control. Scenario's did not save so after playing the game and coming back later had to do all of them over again. Very disappointed, would not recommend this game at all would refer to zoo tycoon instead.
December 7, 2011
Really didn't like this game. Could not understand how to do even the simplest of tasks and no real way of getting help. Have had it over a year now and still don't get it and even my kids found it tedious although they picked it up quicker, they said it wasn't fun.Would not recommend!
September 5, 2012
Wish I could have liked it.
From the same people who made Restaurant Empire, which I love, I was happy to see they'd done other games. I downloaded both this one and the Marine Park Empire games and I'm afraid, after trying to play both of them, I had to stop, dissatisfied.
The game simply isn't as intuitive as it could be, the controls are difficult to navigate, the game doesn't allow you to do things you need to do and won't give any explanation as to why.
I couldn't get past the tutorial because of the lack of information - working on the goals and the game wouldn't allow me to complete the final goal, though I don't know why. If the final goal wasn't meant to be completed in order to teach me "something" later, at least they could have shared that information.
All this being said, I wouldn't recommend a download of this game or Marine Park Empire, but I DO recommend Restaurant Empire. If the makers of this game would fix it so it's easier to play with better controls and information, I'd give it another chance.
January 20, 2013
opening our own zoo
we have to take care of the animals and we must treat them well.
March 23, 2013
it was awsome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and wicked !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
December 4, 2011