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Edutaining Kids (Nov, 2004)
This CD-ROM strikes an excellent balance between fun and learning. Although not explicitly educational in an academic sense, this program is excellent for developing thinking skills.
In all, a more than worthy successor to ZT. The developers got this one right. They took what made Zoo Tycoon special and enhanced that while adding enough new and interesting features to ensure that it didn’t appear to simply be an expansion of the first game.
92 (Mar 17, 2005)
When a sequel to a game is made, people want to know what has changed. What makes this version better than the original ? Sometimes there are little gameplay changes and companies like EA have made it an art to release a “new” version of an established product on a yearly basis. Not so with Blue Fang however. Zoo Tycoon 2 has combined the well-known gameplay with a whole slew of new features that make the sequel more than interesting to play.
Games Finder (Oct 12, 2013)
For animal fans you can focus on providing the perfect enclosures for your animals while filling your zoo with the rarest (or your favourite) animals. While the tycoon fan (especially those that loved the Roller Coaster Tycoon series) can focus on building the visitor attractions, finances and staff. This blend gives the game appeal to a wide audience and has been a key to its success since release.
IC-Games (Nov 29, 2004)
Zoo Tycoon 2 is a rare breed of game, it doesn’t rely on, or need excessive violence to shock us into buying it. It has the potential to entertain everyone from the smallest toddler to the oldest gamer and at the same time even educate. Zoo Tycoon 2 has matured into a cracking little sequel, no mistake.
Daily Game (Nov 30, 2004)
If you haven’t played the first Zoo Tycoon you’ve come to right place, because I haven’t played it either. I played and enjoyed Roller Tycoon a few years ago, and I’ve been interested in this game because its predecessor sat in the top ten sales chart for so long.
3DAvenue (Dec 21, 2004)
The original Zoo Tycoon and its add-on packs offered a new style of management gameplay to the PC audience, and it actually did quite well sale wise considering its somewhat niche approach - gamers were use to making profits off business in management games but keeping the product happy whilst doing that, in this case the animals, wasn't a common task. Unfortunately, the original did have its share of problems keeping it from becoming an instant classic, but MSGames are at it again with Zoo Tycoon 2, and with a completely new look and feel thanks to the new 3D engine, they may have just pulled it off this time around.
Game Shark (Dec 17, 2004)
Zooty fans rejoice! Blue Fang and Microsoft have brought the Zoo Tycoon franchise back to your computers with a new version and all new features. Zoo Tycoon 2 is a fundamentally better game than its predecessor in every aspect.
GameZone (Nov 08, 2004)
After two add-ons to the original, Microsoft has now released a new edition, Zoo Tycoon 2, which is very similar to the original, but has an updated 3D graphics engine, streamlined information menus and a new ability to view the park in a free camera mode. For the most part, these new features have really added to the game as a whole, and I believe that fans of Zoo Tycoon will be well-pleased with this updated version.
PC Powerplay (Nov, 2004)
Da ich lieber in den Tierpark gehe als in Freizeitparks, spricht mich Zoo Tycoon 2 thematisch mehr an als Rollercoaster Tycoon 3. Da lehne ich mich gerne zurück und freue mich darüber, dass Tiere und Besucher sich in meinem Zoo wohl fühlen. Allerdings fehlt mir im Kampagnen-Modus auf Dauer einfach die Abwechslung und Herausforderung, da sich der Spielablauf trotz vielfältiger Missionsziele kaum ändert. Trotzdem werde ich Zoo Tycoon 2 auf meiner Festplatte lassen und im „Freien Spiel“ meinen Mega-Tierpark sukzessive weiterbauen, bis ich alle Spezies und Zielobjekte untergebracht habe. Denn der komfortable Aufbaupart macht mir hier deutlich mehr Spaß als bei der Konkurrenz.
Thunderbolt Games (Apr 07, 2008)
Despite this problem, Zoo Tycoon 2 is an entertaining and addictive game that'll keep players just as entertained as RollerCoaster Tycoon, which is considered by most gamers to be the pinnacle of the "tycoon" genre. If you have any interest in zoos, animals, or these types of games, Zoo Tycoon 2 is strongly recommended for gamers of all ages and play styles. There's enough included in this game to keep you playing for months and months, from the competent and robust campaign mode to the fun sandbox mode that allows you to design without being concerned about your budget. Don't hesitate when you see it in stores, Zoo Tycoon 2 is worth your attention.
UOL Jogos (Jan 05, 2005)
"Zoo Tycoon 2" é um excelente jogo para crianças querendo aprender mais sobre animais e colocar sua criatividade em prática. Além de contar com uma tradução impecável tanto no jogo como na enciclopédia. O jogo oferece ainda um brinde para moderadores de São Paulo: duas entradas infantis para o zoológico de São Paulo que estão dentro da embalagem (válidas até o final de 2005). Parte das vendas do game são destinados aos macacos-barrigudos.
VGPub (Nov 16, 2004)
In 1999, Roller Coaster Tycoon and Railroad Tycoon were released with much critical acclaim. This set the stage for the release of many more games with "tycoon" strapped to the end of the title, hoping to capitalize on the success of their predecessors. One of the more popular of these "tycoon" games was Zoo Tycoon from Blue Fang Games. However, due to the fact that it was released into a giant slew of other tycoon type games, its sales could have been better. With Zoo Tycoon 2, Blue Fang hopes to garner a larger audience now that some of the tycoon craze has slowed down a little.
Yahoo! Games (Nov 09, 2004)
Zoos, no matter what your age, are strangely compelling. Sure, the animals don't perform (unless you count what the chimps always seem to be doing) and if it's hot, they just lay there and sleep. Yet zoos are popular with kids and, by extension, they makes adults feel like kids. That makes 'em fun. Now, wouldn't it be cool to run one? As players of Microsoft's Zoo Tycoon are already aware, the answer is yes. The even better news is that with Zoo Tycoon 2, it's an even better experience... for the most part.
ActionTrip (Nov 10, 2004)
Taking everything into consideration, here is how I feel: Zoo Tycoon 2 looks and plays good. It does have that irritating childish feel and some minor bugs, but if you're an incorrigible animal-lover such as myself you will love it, for one and one reason only, and that is its addictiveness. Although it is lacking in number of scenarios and difficulty levels, this is an incredibly fun game to play, and although you may not be able to shoot the humans, you can feed and tend the animals, which will give you that happy, warm fuzzy feeling. After all, this game does not have any major flaws or downsides, it is easy and fun to play and you can indulge yourself in it for many hours. It's not all about competition, it's rather a virtual simulation of a Zoo where you can simply spend some pleasant hours with animals, watching them play, give birth and eventually die. Especially die.
Next Level Gaming (Nov 22, 2004)
This is a fun game, it’s a great way to spend 20-30 minuets here and there; unless you’re a die-hard fan or this game I can’t see staying interested longer than that. So this is a great game to add to your collection to give you a break from some of your other games that take full concentration and focus for hours on end. It could also be a fun game for non-hardcore gamers. And for parents out there this can be a fun one to play with your young ones. You can help them build and develop their zoos while they learn about animals in a fun interactive world.
IGN (Nov 17, 2004)
It's no secret that I wasn't Zoo Tycoon's biggest fan. While the idea of running a zoo is certainly appealing, it wasn't exactly exciting. While I can't say it's perfect or really that much more exciting, Zoo Tycoon 2 is certainly better than its predecessor. The interface is a bit better, there are a few more features to fill in during some of the duller times, and the game has a new 3D engine that makes more creative enclosures possible.
74 (Dec 16, 2004)
Microsofts Zoo Tycoon 2 enttäuscht ein wenig, spielt sich aber insgesamt rund, was sich vor allem beim unkompliziertem Handling niederschlägt. Inhaltlich bietet das Original altbekannte Direktorenkost, die sich durch ihr entschlacktes Gameplay in erster Linie an Einsteiger wendet. Manch eine Mission ist derart simpel, dass sie mit ein paar Handgriffen erledigt ist. Im späteren Spielverlauf stehen aber auch komplexere Aufgaben an. Der große Reiz der bunten Tierwelt ist allerdings verflogen, da das Spielprinzip inzwischen bekannt wie ein bunter Hund ist. Daran ändern auch die nette 3D-Grafik und die kleinen Änderungen hier und da nicht wirklich etwas. Wer spielt schon groß aus der neuen Ich-Perspektive, wenn man von oben alles viel besser im Griff hat? Außerdem bieten Konkurrenzspiele wie Zoo Empire durchaus vergleichbaren Inhalt bei geringerem Preis. Für welchen Titel sich Hobby-Manager entscheiden, bleibt daher dem persönlichen Geschmack überlassen.
De opvolger van Microsoft's verrassend succesvolle Zoo Tycoon brengt enkele verbeteringen met zich mee ten opzichte van zijn voorganger, maar deze zijn niet echt wereldschokkend te noemen. Toch is Zoo Tycoon 2 een leuk spel. Het blijft optimaal geschikt voor ouders die samen met hun kinderen een leuk en educatief PC-spelletje willen spelen.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Dec 24, 2004)
Zoo Tycoon 2 is een verbetering ten opzichte van zijn voorganger, maar levert in feite dezelfde wijn in een mooiere fles.
PC Games (Germany) (Dec 02, 2004)
Sagen Sie dreimal schnell nacheinander "Zehn Ziegen ziehen zehn Zentner Zucker zum Zoo" - das ist schwerer, als beim kinderleichten zweiten Teil von Microsofts Tierparksimulation Zoo Tycoon schwarze Zahlen zu schreiben und Tiere sowie Besucher bei Laune zu halten.
GameSpot (Nov 24, 2004)
Zoo Tycoon 2's campaign and challenge levels should keep most animal lovers busy for at least a little while. However, the game's real value seems to be in its sandbox mode, which, along with the game's "zoopedia" (a reference guide powered by Microsoft Encarta that provides educational animal facts), seems like a great way for parents with kids on their laps to spend some quiet afternoons, pointing out the tiger exhibit and maybe saving a photo or two.
Game Over Online (Nov 22, 2004)
So if you’re pondering Zoo Tycoon 2 as a Christmas gift for somebody, pay attention to the recipient. Novice gamers or gamers who don’t really like games where there are objectives (such as fans of The Sims or SimCity) might like Zoo Tycoon 2. Hardcore strategy fans will probably wonder what they did to make you mad at them, should you buy them the game.
70 (Nov 22, 2004)
Mouais, on aurait pu s'attendre à quelque chose de plus grandiose de la part de Zoo Tycoon. On a l'impression que les développeurs ont été tellement pris par le passage à la 3D qu'ils ont oublié d'inclure un nombre conséquent de nouveautés. Ces dernières sont bien présentes mais tiennent un peu du gadget, comme le coup de l'appareil photo. De plus, on note la disparition de 10 espèces d'animaux et sur la trentaine, plusieurs d'entre eux se ressemblent (ours brun et polaire, tigre, léopard et lion...). Enfin, le jeu demandant une configuration assez puissante pour tourner correctement, vous serez plus ou moins à l'aise en fonction de votre bécane. Maintenant, les menus sont clairs, la difficulté bien dosée et on prend beaucoup de plaisir dès les premières parties, même en tant que béotien.
Have you ever wanted the chance to run your own zoo? Feed and take care of animals? Watch the joy and elation on the faces of little children? While it’s never the same as the real thing, Microsoft and Blue Fang Studios are giving you an opportunity to do this in Zoo Tycoon 2. Oh, and don’t forget to clean up that poop.
70 (UK) (Dec 22, 2004)
I was at a major British Zoo - at the time, one of the more dismal places I'd visited in my life - on a University field trip. I walk into the Monkey house, chatting to my friend. As the doors open and we step into the darkened hall, we're met by the sight of two monkeys happily going at it. The male looks up at us and gives us a perfect "Would you mind?", chastising us for our rude intrusion. Laughing, we follow the cage around to the right, until we're confronted with... it.
GameSpy (Dec 06, 2004)
Overall, Zoo Tycoon 2 is a good game for the younger set and those with little experience with games. It's stable, almost bug-free, and has easy-to-use controls, which makes it a nice way to introduce kids to the genre. But anyone who has spent any significant time with tycoon strategy games will probably find it a little light on the strategy.
Joystick (French) (Dec, 2004)
Zoo Tycoon 2 est paradoxal. On y trouve de très bonnes idées, mais également de beaux ratés dans le gameplay. En plus, on s'ennuie assez lourdement. Enfin, c'est toujours mieux que Zoo Empire...
GamesFirst! (Nov 19, 2004)
Have you ever played a game that you just couldn't figure out what it was that compelled you to play it? Zoo Tycoon 2 is one of those games. The game consists of nothing more than setting up a zoo and putting a variety of creatures in it. Yet, for some reason, you feel strangely influenced to keep playing. Before you know it, you have created a massive zoo with enough guests and animals in it to take over a small country. But soon after this you realize that you have spent the past several days seemingly under some kind of magic spell, forcing you to play this odd form of entertainment. Now you ask yourself, Why? Why was I so into this game?
PC Gamer UK (Jan, 2005)
Guessing time. Which of the following is the big new feature in Zoo Tycoon 2? Is it a) Animal Poacher Mode, in which you send goons to kidnap baby pandas for the amusement of your guests? B) Darwin Deathmatch Mode, pitting lions vs tigers in a battle to extinction? Or c) Zookeeper Mode, which increases the simulation's depth by giving you the chance to personally scoop your animals' poop? Keep reading for the unexpected answer.
GameStar (Germany) (Nov, 2004)
Selten habe ich so gegähnt wie beim Zoo Tycoon 2. Nichts gegen leicht zugängliche Spiele wie den spaßigen Rollercoaster Tycoon 3. Aber wenn ich alle Levels mit wenigen Mausklicks und viel Warten lösen kann, stimmt etwas nicht. Die Entwickler haben beim (eigentlich erprobten) Spielkonzept völlig versagt. Denn die Tiere stellt man viel zu leicht zufrieden. Interessante Aspekte wie Herdenverhalten, Rivalenkämpfe, Beuteschemata oder Fressgewohnheiten fehlen. Die schwache Grafik gibt dem Ganzen den Rest. Wenn ich mich langweilen will, gucke ich lieber meiner Schildkröte beim Treppensteigen zu. Das kostet wenigstens nichts
Even if you’re not an artsy person, landscaping will soon become your favorite part of Zoo Tycoon. Construction is easy, though a tad costly—but that’s OK, you can’t go bankrupt unless you’re deliberately trying. Creating pretty exhibits may seem time-consuming and difficult, but it is a decent enough way to pass time. As with most tycoon games—and CGW internships—when you’re finished building, you only have two main choices: spend your time scooping poop or hire zookeepers and become obsolete.
1UP (Aug 22, 2005)
Even if you're not an artsy person, landscaping will soon become your favorite part of Zoo Tycoon. Construction is easy, though a tad costly--but that's OK, you can't go bankrupt unless you're deliberately trying. Creating pretty exhibits may seem time-consuming and difficult, but it is a decent enough way to pass time. As with most tycoon games--and CGW internships--when you're finished building, you only have two main choices: spend your time scooping poop or hire zookeepers and become obsolete.
Game Revolution (Nov, 2004)
It’s very clear, however, that Zoo Tycoon 2 just wasn’t ready to kick it up a notch. It should have waited for the next generation of 3D hardware before going 3D and should have been left in the development oven a bit longer to smooth out the control and gameplay issues. Next time, more pork fat. Bam!
Diehard GameFan (Nov 15, 2004)
What age range does this game really appeal to? I’d say from first glance that it’s a game meant for kids. With the jungely music at the beginning and the super friendly icons, I rolled my eyes at the beginning. But then I saw the different graphs you can access once you’re into managing your zoo. What tycoon would be complete without graphs and charts to tell them how well they’re doing with their finances? Because of the many features and the open ended what of handling your zoo, I think the this game appeals to people of many ages. Although because it fits nicely into the simulation genre, I know it’s not for everybody, especially if you’re really into shooting terrorists.
Tycoon style games have become common over the past few years. Generally I don't think this is a bad thing; there's a charm to economic micromanagement when it's done right. With that in mind I went into Zoo Tycoon expecting to be mildly entertained. Zoo Tycoon 2 once again (unsurprisingly) puts the player in charge of the daily operation of a Zoo. I never had the opportunity to play the original, so I was going in with few expectations.
G4 TV: X-Play (Mar 15, 2004)
By most measures, Zoo Tycoon 2 is a better game than its predecessor. The graphics are better, the interface is better, and there are more things for you to do. But Zoo Tycoon 2 is also a good example of why a list of great features doesn’t always translate into a superior game.