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Zoo Tycoon

Microsoft Game Studios, Frontier Developments
Nov 22, 2013 - Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

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Critic Reviews for Zoo Tycoon

There's huge satisfaction to be had from building your zoo, observing the animals and watching all the graphs go up. It's just a shame that over time, as the novelties wear off, the lack of depth makes it hard to keep coming back. But who knows? Perhaps a future update will introduce monkey butlers.

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Building exhibits and interacting with animals in Zoo Tycoon isn't much fun when you're fighting with this menu system.

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Zoos are special and Zoo Tycoon captures that nicely. The sometimes disappointing limitations and even the dreadful menus don't take away enough from the overall package to prevent it from earning a recommendation, particularly for animal lovers and families.

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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.

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Building your zoo offers fun moments, but doesn't have any depth or reasons to try different approaches

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Zoo Tycoon overcomes some small issues with charm and a good heart

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Zoo Tycoon's animals are adorable, but a clunky interface prevents this management sim from reaching its potential.

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Though creating a zoo is pleasant and breezy, after building several zoos with all of the animals, you've pretty much experienced the lion's share of what Zoo Tycoon has to offer.

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