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Zoo Tycoon has a distinct lack of depth, but if you're capable of sitting down with this simplistic simulator, you'll smile more times than you can count. The simulator fan in me was a bit disappointed by the ease of it all, but the child in me couldn't help but enjoy myself.
Zoo Tycoon may be one of the lesser known Xbox One titles, but it’s not one of the lesser quality ones. With four modes, a deep interface and multiple activities, it’s clear that a lot of effort went into its development. Unfortunately, by combining classic Zoo Tycoon elements with those of Kinectimals, it lowers the challenge. Lasting appeal is strong simply because of how long it takes to get acquainted with its nuances, but the addictiveness may wear off upon mastering running a zoo. Still, it’s the best family choice for a next-gen launch title and quite an educational one at that. Any game that gives children both a primer on running a business and maintaining wildlife is a success, but that won’t prevent experienced simulation fans from balking at its limitations.
A fun demonstration of the Xbox One’s capabilities but unfortunately much more a stealth sequel to Kinectimals than it is a proper Tycoon game.
Was zu erwarten war! Auch auf der 360 kann Zoo Tycoon nicht überzeugen. Auf der Hardware der letzten Generation krankt das Spiel an noch stärkeren Rucklern, weniger detaillierten Oberflächen und Tiermodellen. Inhaltlich hat sich nichts geändert. Auch hier enttäuschen Management, Abwechslung und Anspruch.
Still, Zoo Tycoon should still be a fun time for younger gamers or those who’ve always wanted to run their own zoo, and while it might be a bit too limited for genre fans, it’s charming and fun enough that it’s worth a look if nothing else.