Percentile Rank

Planet Zoo is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 60 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

89%

Critics Recommend

Based on 60 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Games Xtreme
Recommended
Recommended
Nov 13, 2019

Let's talk about building! With the career mode, you'll have a pre-built zoo for the first couple of levels whilst you learn the ropes. Slowly, you'll be made to build habitats for your animals, how to fill said habitats with animals, and how to keep them happy behind the glass. There is also small exhibits--things such as spiders and snakes to take care of in the very same fashion. It's not straightforward and there's many factors to consider when bringing the animals in and getting them settled it, but to me that was the fun of it. I loved reading guest comments about how my hippos looked particularly content, or how my tigers appeared well fed as they sat belly up to the Sun.

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Player2.net.au
B
B
Nov 25, 2019

Your mileage will depend on your tolerance for digging through layers of text, but if you can stomach that you will find a wonderfully satisfying zoo experience. Come for the cute animals and stay for the satisfaction and pride found in creating a thriving animal sanctuary.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 8, 2019

Despite these issues, I couldn’t help but love Planet Zoo for what it is: a game about trying to make the world a little better, by making sure some animals are well looked after. From its story beats about protecting animal welfare in the case of evil capitalists trying to drive profits, to the first time I was able to release a set of endangered pygmy hippos back into the wild, I felt like all my stress was working toward something.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 5, 2019

This is one of gaming’s great sandboxes (provided you can tame its expanse), and if you thought it was satisfying linking some theme park rides together, wait until you do the same thing only for baby pandas.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 5, 2019

Planet Zoo is a game where you can build your own zoo. It’s buggy, intermittently opaque, frequently saccharine, and – barring an eleventh hour miracle – it’s my undisputed game of the year. Because here’s the thing: it’s a game where you can build your own zoo. And by thunder, it delivers on that promise.

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Scored Reviews

Rapid Reviews UK
Rapid Reviews UK
Chloe Osborn
Nov 20, 2019

Frontier has also been great at communicating with their audience, letting us know when updates are available and what they’re for, as well as when franchise mode is down for maintenance. They’ve really created something special here, and I couldn’t be happier with how Planet Zoo has turned out!

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Sirus Gaming
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2019

Planet Zoo doesn’t shy away from being a deep theme-park sim as it manages so well to be friendly to newcomers in this kind of game. What I love the most about Planet Zoo is its in-depth gameplay mechanics. I immediately fell in love with the game after the first level of Career Mode. I’ve spent a lot of hours here than on Jurassic World: Evolution and I’m continuing to spend more time cranking up my zoo’s rating and trade animals with another player. Frontier Developments, you guys definitely need an award for this.

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Geek Culture
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2019

Enter and create the animal kingdom of your dreams in Planet Zoo, micromanaging never looked or felt so awesome.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Nov 5, 2019

Planet Zoo is the culmination of the best parts of Frontier's previous efforts, but is far more than the sum of its parts. Hundreds of creatures, both cute and deadly, need homes, and it's up to you to help them thrive and survive. While a few bugs hamper the overall experience, this is another simulation game that'll keep me building sprawling and ever evolving parks for hundreds of hours to come.

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GameSkinny
Nov 11, 2019

Planet Zoo is a deep management sim featuring some beautiful animal recreations. It's a must-have for any animal lover.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 5, 2019

Nearly flawless, Planet Zoo is a masterpiece of tycoon simulation, and is one of the most relaxing, engaging, and fantastical pieces of entertainment of 2019. It's a showcase of fun mechanics, and it really draws from the wealth of experience in Frontier Developments as a developer. It's impossible not to recommend this to anyone who has even a passing notion about the genre. Get this!

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Culture of Gaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2019

In the end, I had a blast playing through Planet Zoo. Sure there were a few hiccups once a while with some minor glitches and some features that I feel need improving. But the amount of creativity you can achieve, the fun and varied game modes, stunning visuals and appeal, and more. It’s so hard to let these minor flaws affect my experience. If you’re looking to get into these types of simulation/management games, then Planet Zoo is the best way to start. And if someone who loves these types of games like Zoo Tycoon and Tropico like I do. Then I promise you will have a great time!

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2019

Planet Zoo is a complex and deep sim management title that's carefully crafted to offer hours of meaningful and educational enjoyment.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2020

In conclusion, the best zoo simulator that has come out to date. If you are passionate about the genre you can not miss it.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 22, 2019

Planet Zoo is simply wonderful; a bright and breezy park builder that gushes with enthusiasm for its charges. There's depth to spare here, pushing further than either of Frontier's most recent management games have, and it leans into its own identity, with a keen eye for the importance of education, animal welfare and preservation.

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Tech Advisor
Sep 3, 2019

The level of detail that Planet Zoo offers is extremely impressive. The different gameplay modes allow players to experience the simulation in their own preferred way, whilst the research behind the animals and zoo life make this game pretty educational. The build mode proved a little bit annoying, but that doesn't spoil what is a solid simulation title for animal lovers all around.

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LevelUp
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Nov 26, 2019

Planet Zoo is a new step in simulation games that is backed by a large community and has enormous potential for expansion.

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Worth Playing
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2019

I suspect that many players will have an uneven time with Planet Zoo. At times, it's pretty straightforward and provides the player with plenty of feedback so they can improve their zoo. Other times, the game has you digging around in areas that are unnecessarily tough to figure out, with tutorials that barely touch on the feature (if at all). The thing with Planet Zoo is that it is so charming and appealing that the fun parts outweigh the frustrating ones. It's not a perfect game in the genre, but it is one of the best ones you can play right now.

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Bazimag
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2019

Planet Zoo is the ultimate video game for people you like to play animals but don't want to put them in cages in real life. This is also the best game ever for people who are looking to try their hands at managing a virtual zoo.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2019

Even with occasional design quirks and bugs holding it back, I adore this game as is. Similar to Planet Coaster, I think it'll get better over time, and Frontier will surely flesh out the species list with DLC packs. But even if that doesn't happen, I'll be satisfied. Some of us have been waiting decades for a game like Planet Zoo to come along and scratch our Zoo Tycoon itch. Now that it's here, I can't get enough.

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2019

Planet Zoo is a great management game that lets you impose your own goals and always gives you something to strive for. With incredible graphical fidelity, a huge overlapping array of mechanics to balance and incredible detail, the only issue is the sometimes annoying controls.

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JVL
17 / 20
JVL
French_Fantasy

Top Critic

17 / 20
Dec 3, 2019

Benevolent, educational and profound, Planet Zoo stands out as the best zoo management game ever.

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Spaziogames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2019

Planet Zoo is a true zoo-sim, full of details and love for the nature.

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Game Debate
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2019

But that's all for the future. In the here and now, Planet Zoo is the best zoo management game around and it's not even close. It also features far stronger management systems than Frontier has ever achieved before, culminating in a fantastic package for tycoon and animal fans alike. There's a lot to love here, even if the scope for creativity can't hope to match Planet Coaster.

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GameGrin
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2019

A tremendous game that really pushes the boundaries. Both an excellent educational resource, and a superb time sink. This would be a perfect-scoring title if it wasn't for a few too many bugs and stability issues, but I still recommend it incredibly highly.

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But Why Tho?
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

I see and understand some of the frustrations from other players, but this game is just too good and has too much to offer to just be tossed aside this early in the game’s life. If you a fan of the simulation genre then I fully recommend Planet Zoo.

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TheReviewGeek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2019

The simulation aspects are a big step-up from Planet Coaster and Frontier have been pretty quick to resolve some of the biggest problems with the game during its launch. While the online marketplace and steep learning curve may put some people off, Planet Zoo is a beautiful zoo tycoon game nonetheless, chock full of educational content mixed in with realistic animal behaviour. It’s not perfect but it’ll almost certainly serve as a worthy replacement for Zoo Tycoon for the time being.

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IGN
8.5 / 10.0
T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2019

Planet Zoo is a wildly satisfying park-builder with a menagerie of lovely looking animals.

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New Game Network
83 / 100
83 / 100
Nov 14, 2019

Planet Zoo is undoubtedly the most authentic zoo simulator you can play, perhaps to an extent that will deter some people. While micro-management and organization can be frustrating at times, the beauty of your creations, welfare of your animals, and happiness of your guests makes all that effort worthwhile.

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GamesRadar+
Nov 5, 2019

Planet Zoo is a complex, deep simulation game with too much to give, if you can get past the minimalist tutorials.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2019

If your passion is building in videogames and you love animals, Planet Zoo is one of your best options if you have a PC.

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The Games Machine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2019

Planet Zoo has turned out to be a complete, satisfying product, capable of entertaining a various audience, thanks to its intuitive interface, accompanied by intriguing graphics and a complete localization in Italian.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2019

The Dark Souls of zoo tycoon sims. Start slower than you'd like to, YouTube yet another tutorial, then watch Planet Zoo blossom before your eyes. This is a slow, mindful, niche of a sim that demands more patience and learning than you'd expect.

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PCGamesN
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 5, 2019

Frontier delivers a richly detailed and visually glorious zoo creation sim for genre fans, newbies, and animal lovers alike, bloated only a little by a few clumsy interfacing points.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 7, 2019

Planet Zoo is the best zoo management game ever. If you're an animals lover, you can't skip it. There are pathfinding issues that can break immersion sometimes, easily forgivable and forgettable. Cute, handsome, deep, intelligent and with a gigantic lifespan, Planet Zoo is making the Tycoon genre great again.

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Atomix
80 / 100
Atomix
Invitados Colaboradores

Top Critic

80 / 100
Nov 18, 2019

Planet Zoo is another great game of Frontier Developments. The way it modernize the Tycoon genre, is really interesting and a most have to all the fans of this kind of games.

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GRYOnline.pl
8 / 10.0
GRYOnline.pl

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2019

Planet Zoo is a great tycoon made in the age where tycoon games seem extinct. And it’s pretty much the best game for animal lovers. But not for every animal lover. Patient and talented builders will create new and improved parks, achieving new levels of satisfaction. Others (and by this I mean almost everybody) will become bored after a few hours.

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PCWorld
Nov 5, 2019

Planet Coaster was already excellent at release, but an entire game’s worth of content has been built atop it in the ensuing years.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 11, 2019

When creating a business sim that attempts to capture the subject matter, a fine line needs to be walked.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2019

Planet Zoo is a worthy spiritual successor to Zoo Tycoon and makes improvements in virtually every area to bring the genre into a new generation.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 19, 2019

Planet Zoo is an excellent zoo management sim with an impressive campaign and terrific graphics.

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DarkZero
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 25, 2019

As a person who enjoyed some of the older simulation games from the late 90s and early 2000s, Planet Zoo is one of those games that I could only imagine playing back then.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Nov 25, 2019

Ultimately, Planet Zoo is to zoo management games what Planet Coaster is to theme park management games—a spiritual successor to tycoon games of days gone by, with more depth and more freedom for creativity than ever. Some of the more complex elements can take a while to really click, but when they do, Planet Zoo becomes an engrossing experience.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
BaziCenter
Danial Karimi Tar

Top Critic

8 / 10
Dec 5, 2019

Planet Zoo is a very entertaining title for the fans of strategy genre, as good visuals, smooth gameplay, great customization features and a huge amount of animals and insects to play with in the Zoo, make it one of the best strategy games of 2019.

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Screen Rant
Nov 12, 2019

Planet Zoo's fantastic devotion to flexible customization makes it the zoo management simulator that players have been waiting a long time for.

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Thumbsticks
Nov 13, 2019

Despite its unapproachable first few hours and some severely rough edges, Planet Zoo is one of the best tycoon games of the year. It offers near-limitless potential through its construction and exhibit tools, while Frontier’s visually stunning animals feel authentic and supremely detailed. With some patches, there’s no denying Planet Zoo could wind up being something extraordinarily special.

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Cultured Vultures
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2019

Despite the odd issue, Planet Zoo is easily the best modern zoo management title available today.

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OnlySP
Nov 15, 2019

Planet Zoo has some balancing issues and explains certain concepts poorly. Once the game is understood, however, it offers such loveable inhabitants and deep simulation that its shortcomings can be forgiven. The game shows how difficult running a zoo ethically can be, but also convinces the player how worthwhile that endeavour is by offering adorable animals at every turn. It is clever, complicated, and perfect for animal lovers.

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Darkstation
Nov 8, 2019

It’s clear that earlier Frontier games like Kinectimals, Zoo Tycoon and Planet Coaster have been stage-setters for this ultimate zoo sim. Whether you enjoy theme park builders, economic sims or most importantly, creating the zoo of your dreams, Planet Zoo will satisfy you, but be prepared for an order of complexity that the previous games managed to avoid, or at least hid a little better.

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Thumb Culture
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2019

Even with all of its faults, it really is hard not to love this game, Every time the UI bugs me, or a keeper gets stuck, I just head to a habitat, sit and watch the baby Panda’s walking around with their parents, or head to the chimpanzees to watch them play and socialize and all of sudden I’m reminded of why this game is so great. Planet Zoo is so close to getting a platinum thumb, If only the UI was a little easier on the eye and the path-building wasn’t so frustrating. Planet Zoo more than deserves the Gold Thumb!

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Saving Content
Dec 20, 2019

I will always enjoy these types of games, constantly trying to chase the high of me pouring hours into titles like ThemePark or Zoo Tycoon. Planet Zoo is another sim management game that I can wholeheartedly recommend. It may not be for the casual player with how much the game asks of you in regards to management, but to everyone else, it’s a heck of a good time. Maybe we’ll get lucky and see some Aquarium stuff out of Frontier Developments next, I’m crossing fingers here.

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PC Gamer
75 / 100
75 / 100
Nov 5, 2019

Another strong (yet stressful) management sim from Frontier Developments.

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COGconnected
75 / 100
75 / 100
Nov 20, 2019

Planet Zoo is perfectly suited for an animal lover, a talented builder and an endlessly patient player who enjoys taking their time and being meticulous. For pure simulation lovers, this is going to be stressful to wrap your head around.

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SECTOR.sk
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2019

Planet Zoo gives players much more than cute animals and building habitats. That includes vast variety of options to buid and manage your zoo and the stress that comes with it, induced with many bugs you may encounter.

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2019

Planet Zoo has a lot of ambition and depth, but it often comes at too high a cost

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 21, 2019

Planet Zoo is a detailed management sim that's both rewarding and educational, and the cute animals certainly don't hurt.

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GameSpace
7 / 10.0
GameSpace
Kelley

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2019

Planet Zoo is an incredible educational tool that also supports conservation which is worth cheering on 100%. The amount of thought given to every detail is astounding but user-interface wise Planet Zoo seems more enjoyable to watch than play especially in Career mode. As a sim management game it is clear that a much larger pool of patience is required to enjoy yourself however it is obvious very early that once achieved it will very satisfying which motivates you to really want you to reach that level.

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VGChartz
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 18, 2019

An amazing portrayal of real-life zookeepers at work, with all their dedication and accomplishments on full display for all to see.

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Spiel Times
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 19, 2019

Planet Zoo is a highly ambitious venture. It is very fun but it has its downsides like any other simulation game. Some of the systems prohibit a simple, fun experience, others are minor issues that can be fixed easily. But the fact that they haven't been fixed yet is infuriating. It is gorgeous when it comes to looks but most of the part, it overcomplicates itself with pointless systems. The terrible optimization somewhat adds to the negative feeling and that is what ruins it for me.

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God is a Geek
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2019

Hardcore management sim fans may enjoy Planet Zoo, but others may find it overly complex and packed with an overwhelming amount of management options

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