Zoo Tycoon

Rating Summary

Based on 32 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

69

Top Critic Average

16%

Critics Recommend

Based on 32 critic reviews
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5.5 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2013

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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7 / 10
Nov 26, 2013

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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Dec 9, 2013

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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6 / 10
Nov 17, 2013

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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7 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2013

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

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8 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2013

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

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6 / 10
Nov 24, 2013

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

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Dec 3, 2013

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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7.5 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2013

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.

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7 / 10
Nov 17, 2013

Frontier Developments caught my attention with a game that promised "Tycoon" style sim management and, yes, the ability to play with adorable animals. What I didn't expect was how deep and satisfying the sim would be.

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