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out of 17 votes out of 17 votes

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  • Date Added:
    Oct. 26, 2005
  • Price:
    Free to try (One scenario, two gameplay modes); $29.99 to buy
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Editors' Review

For anyone who loves animals, it's a bit insulting to see endangered species shamelessly promoted for profit, but since the exploitation in Zoo Tycoon 2 is virtual, it's hard to take serious offense. The demo for the expansion to the popular tycoon game introduces new features with a brief tutorial, and allows you to play the Tropical Rainforest level in Campaign or in Freeform Mode. The in-game Zoopedia help section (which incorporates animal information from Microsoft Encarta) is comprehensive, the demo installs easily, and loading times are minimal. Those positives, plus significant additions like sky trams, elevated paths, and Jeep tours, contribute to a top rating.

The name of the game is acquisition, and bigger is better. Buy animals to attract crowds, who can then be monetized through donations or admission fees. Keep your guests happy with adequate concessions, and keep your animals happy with food, water, grooming, a proper environment, and other "enrichment" options. The gameplay is nothing new, nor very challenging in this demo, as the only campaign is quite easy. The Bengal Tiger, Javan Rhinoceros, Crested Gibbon, and Baird's Tapir (a.k.a. "mountain cow") are the four available endangered species. The tutorial introduces the gameplay nicely, and the Freeform Mode allows you unlimted time and funds to experiment with all the available items and animals.

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Full Specifications

Publisher Microsoft Game Studios
Publisher web site
Release Date October 26, 2005
Date Added October 26, 2005
Category Games
Subcategory Strategy Games
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, 733MHz CPU, 256MB RAM
Download Information
File Size 219.35MB
File Name zoo2estrial.exe
Total Downloads 150,936
Downloads Last Week 14
License Model Free to try
Limitations One scenario, two gameplay modes
Price $29.99
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