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Zoo Tycoon Expansion Pack: Marine Mania
Platform: Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows 2000
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Edition: CD-ROM
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Features: Includes Zoo Tycoon: Dinosaur Digs Expansion Pack
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Product Description
Good news animal lovers! Microsoft's Zoo Tycoon gets another expansion pack, this time it's all wet with Marine Mania. First it was zoo animals, then dinosaurs (the Dinosaur Digs expansion pack, which is also included in this package), and now it's marine life. Marine Mania lets you build a water park like SeaWorld, complete with dancing penguins, bottle-nosed dolphins, or your own version of Shamu the Killer Whale.

The expansion pack fits right into the existing core gameplay of Zoo Tycoon. You manage your park, listen to your customers, plan the layout, listen to your "specialists" (zoo keepers) for the right mix of exhibit size and food for your various critters, and watch everyone enjoy the park. Add an amphitheater to any pen and you've got ample seating for a show. There are 20 marine animals (from jellyfish and sperm whales to orcas and great white sharks) and some animals (dolphins, orcas, etc.) double as terrific entertainers. Once again, you can always mix animals, and of course the only violence comes from mixing carnivores with the gentler fishes. But Marine Mania is as kid friendly as ever, so the best you get is some thrashing during a great-white feeding frenzy, rather than red-tinted waters. Drop a human in the pool and they simply swim out. Darn. Keeping with the kid-friendly theme, the game also features an encyclopedia entry on each critter, which makes the gameplay almost as educational as a trip to a real water park.

The only problems are the game engine and graphics. Microsoft targeted low-end computers, which is fine, but as time goes on each expansion pack looks more and more behind the times. The animation in Marine Mania is simple and quickly becomes boring, and that's something that should never be said about a shark feeding frenzy or trick-performing dolphins. Still, the expansion pack is an absolute must for fans of the original game, particularly those who skipped Dinosaur Digs since Marine Mania generously includes that earlier expansion pack. Parents should strongly consider this series a fun learning tool as well. And naturally, fans of water parks, marine life, and the Zoo Tycoon series can't go wrong here. --Andrew S. Bub


  • Kid friendly
  • Educational
  • Hidden animals and wacky "Easter eggs" revealed on Zoo Tycoon Web site
  • Includes Dinosaur Digs
  • Perhaps too kid friendly
  • Simple graphics

Product Details
  • CD-ROM (October 17, 2023)
  • ASIN: B00006IJMT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 Based on 54 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 2798

Customer Reviews

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

5Educational...Exciting...Everything you'd ever need!, Mar 16, 2023
This is great for all ages, all types of people. You don't need to be a teenage computer geek to love this game, or a child future vet to love this game.
The graphics are really good, and the animals are so real. It's more detailed than RollerCoaster Tycoon 1 and 2, but it doesn't have quite as many options.
We recently went to Animal Kingdom at Disney World, and I knew all about every animal we saw on the safari: okapi, Thompson's gazelle, clouded leopard...when we were passing the okapi, I even said to my mom, "Man, those animals are high maitenance. They're never happy, and always have to live by themselves!" Of course, she was wondering WHY IN THE WORLD I would know about an animal she had never heard of until then. After passing the Thompson's gazelles I said, "Oh, I love those things. They are so easy to take care of, and I can even add other animals in there with them! They love to be with zebras, and even giraffes! They mostly just need savannah terrain, so it's pretty simple." Yet another awkward stare at my astounding knowledge.
Who would've ever guessed that it could be this educational? You can even see what different animals eat, and what their poop looks like!
Now let's talk about the shows. You can get some dolphins or killer whales, or some other animals, to come out and do a show for you! It's quite simple. You just have to conduct a show with the already-purchased toys, buy stadiums for the audience, and sit back and enjoy the show! It's really cool seeing the dolphins swimming around and performing tricks.
The Dinosaur Digs part isn't that great. I personally don't really enjoy the dinosaur part, unless I'm freeing them to kill everyone. Sometimes I block the exit so the guests won't leave, fire all of the workers so they can't stun-gun the animals, and free everyone: the lions, bears, tyrannosaurus rex''s so fun to see all the people running away and screaming...

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

5A Preteen Review, Mar 11, 2023
This is so cool,dude !I think its a good and fun game!Cool I give this game 5 stars,man!I hope they make more Zoo Tycoons.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5A MUST!, Aug 21, 2023
I have always loved the Ocean and marine life, especially killer whales. My first sim game was Zoo Tycoon [must have to play Marine Mania]. I loved it. But it wasn't quite what I was lookig for. I wanted marine animals. This was the perfect game! It is so much fun. You can't stop playing it. You get to customize shows, create tanks, buy animals such as Killer whales, Dolphins, sea turtles, Humpback whales, and way more. Plus you get all of the animals from zoo Tycoon ,too. You do everything the way you want. You even learn a thing ot two. By Marine Mania and you'll be happy for the rest of your life.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

5Must have game!, Jul 31, 2023
This game is so much fun. When I first played it I loved it from right then and there. It taught me how zookeepers take care of the animals and how it is a place of buisness. If you love sea world animals and dinosaurs this is the right game for you!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5VERY Entertaining, May 31, 2023
This game was very fun and very entertaining. I still play it and I have had it for some time now. The animals are very cute--but at the same time are very needy. It is fun to be able to run your own zoo. Although there is some cons to the idea...when the animals aren't happy they get tooken away, the guests may tend to get angry and your zoo may be a total stinker! But if you follow the instructions and do the best you can then your zoo will be the best it can be! :)


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