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Zoo Tycoon
Platform: Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 2000
List Price: $19.99
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Edition: CD-ROM
ESRB Rating: Everyone
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Editorial Reviews:

Product Description
Microsoft (I08-00031) MS Zoo Tycoon 1.0 Review
Everybody likes the zoo. And why not? Casual walks, exotic animals, and fried foods are good fun. Managing a zoo of your very own is even better. Zoo Tycoon challenges you to build a zoo one path tile, one iron-reinforced fence, and one animal at a time. Zoo Tycoon bears more than just a title similarity to Roller Coaster Tycoon: it appears to be based on the same basic game engine. Building pens and paths, decorating, locating buildings, managing your staff, even the way your patrons look and how you tweak pricing are all extremely similar to the fun and intuitive Roller Coaster Tycoon. The gameplay consists of a series of inventive scenarios--sometimes building a zoo from scratch, other times taking over a failing or failed zoo and bringing it back from the brink.

Specifically, you've got to build pens and habitats with an eye toward the needs of each animal species. For example, putting bears in a savannah setting results in depressed, possibly sick, bears. You also have to tend to your human animals by locating gift shops, restaurants, drink stands, and bathrooms. Then you've got to adopt animals and hire zookeepers to tend your creatures. All of this costs money, but cutting corners can result in irate customers and unhappy animals. Unhappy animals bore people, and worse they make it difficult to adopt more exotic and finicky creatures, like pandas. Happy and well-fed animals will cavort and play, making your guests very happy. And happy guests results in more money for you to improve your zoo.

It's a balancing act keeping all the animals, keepers, and little wandering people happy, but the game is also a decorator sim. You've got to beautify your park, and it's easy to forget the specific scenario objectives and lose yourself in building the ultimate zoo. If you tire of the objectives entirely, you can delete some of your fences and watch the animals run amok on your guests (sometimes, through negligence, they can break free on their own). The carnivores grab, pin, and fling your guests (no blood, and no killing here), which lowers your zoo rating and dissuades people from visiting for a while. Still, it's great fun to watch. --Bob Andrews


  • Plays like Roller Coaster Tycoon
  • Addictive and fun
  • Plays, maybe, too much like Roller Coaster Tycoon
  • Simple graphics Product Description
This place is a real zoo--and you're in charge! Go wild running the most fun and beautiful zoo you can imagine. Care for unpredictable and untamed animals (and those are just the guests!). Plan wisely, because if the animals don't like their food, environment, or handling, they interact poorly with visitors, and unhappy guests means fewer dollars. Play smart and keep everyone and everything happy, and you'll be a zoo tycoon.

Product Details
  • CD-ROM (October 18, 2023)
  • ASIN: B00005O1GO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 Based on 284 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 1231

Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

5Entertaining and educating game for all ages!, Sep 17, 2023
Zoo Tycoon is a simulation game that enables you to build your own zoo, hire zookeepers, buy animals, build and design their exhibits, and provide scenic and entertaining park for your guests. Although there are many Tycoon games out there, this is one of the best.

The gameplay and the control panel is easy to learn, intuitive, and complete. It takes a few minutes for you to understand the buttons on the control panel. There is some tutorials available for you to learn the gameplay. The tutorial is interactive, it waits your action before going to the next step. This is to ensure you are doing the right thing. The objectives of each mission are clearly stated at the beginning of each game and you can review them at anytime during the gameplay to check your progress. When you click on one of the animal on your exhibit, an information panel will pop up. Click on Information button to show more information about the animal such as their habitats, their preference of exhibits, their habit, etc. This is a good thing to educate younger people about animals.

The graphics and sounds for this game is good. You can see your animals interacting with guests and their exhibits. You can also see your guest walking around your zoo and doing their things. Eating, taking photographs, and so on. You can hear the lion roars, wolf howl, etc.

Overall this is an entertaining and educating game not only for kids, but also for adults. Animal lovers will also love this game.

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

4Great game, Sep 15, 2023
My eight year old son loves animals and really enjoys playing Zoo Tycoon. It took him a while to become accustomed to creating his zoo. He has become aware of what the needs are for the animals and is very excited about creating his zoo. I'm not sure if it's because we have a MAC computer but it doesn't seem to have the same sound effects compared to a PC.

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

5THis game....., Sep 3, 2023
is so much fun. Ive played it so many times. Ice had it for 3 years and i still play it!

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

1Too hard to manage, Aug 10, 2023
I do like money making games, but this is like... That wouldn't happen in real life. You may all be like, uh, yah, that's the whole purpose! Yah, but this is kind of hard to manage. Another thing is, it is so slow on our old computer, yet it doesn't even work on our new computer. if you want this game, you probally want a Windows 98, wich is very old school, well, to me. I just might not like this game, or just a spoiled brat, tell me.

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

5Zoo Tycoon, Jul 11, 2023
Sensational game. I bought it for my 8 year old and -- with friends -- they all love it. Very educational, too, because only with sound knowledge of how to care for animals, will one succeed. I highly recommend it.


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