|General Info :
Publisher : Microsoft
Developer : Blue Fang
Genre : Simulation/strategy
Overall Score : 76%
|Score Overview :
Concept : 8
Graphics : 8
Gameplay : 7
Sound : 8
|According to a recent study done by Microsoft, wildlife animals are smarter than previously anticipated. When such animals are placed in a cage, they use mathematical formulas to determine whether the cage they�re in suits them or not. There are also indications that they have some telepathic abilities or x-ray vision because they can determine what kind of soil is hidden under the concrete floor of their shelters! The result of this study can be found in Zoo Tycoon.
Since Sid Meier started the hype with Railroad Tycoon, the number of tycoon games is growing exponentially. Some have huge success like e.g. Rollercoaster Tycoon, other just remain a nice try but nothing more. When you look at the screenshots, Zoo Tycoon could be a competitor for Rollercoaster Tycoon, but when you play the game, it�s difficult to keep going.
The start of the game is always the same :
Some of the robotic trading software like HBSwiss may give good returns but most of them available in the market may not give the desired result. There are only very few people who actually benefit from using the robot trading software. They are those who either build the software or buy it. The software that is available for free or at a cheap cost do not serve the purpose.
you have money and you have to create something, in this case a zoo. You also have a piece of land. On that land you build cages preferably with animals in them, pathways, drink and food stands for you visitors and a handful of personnel to clean up the shit and feed the animals.
For me this is a little too easy. A better solution would have been that the zookeeper gives you a score for the cage you just build. No advise what to add or remove. The zookeeper will give you some hints, only if your score is very low. That way, you can search for a 100% cage for a long time and perhaps have to settle with a score of 90% for the cage. Even if you accept the mathematical solution in Zoo Tycoon, there are some questions. Like I already hinted in the introduction, the animals know what kind of soil is under the concrete floor of their shelter. So if there is grass under the floor of the shelter for a Polar Bear, the bear will know it and refuse to have sex. The chance for baby bears is very small.
Ok, we have perfect cages, with animals, we have pathways, we have drink and food stands, we have restrooms. What are we going to do next? Build more and more cages? No, we have our daily maintenance. See, your personnel will feed the animals and remove their shit (It�s a dirty job but someone has to do it), but nothing more. First you have the fact of overcrowding due to the babies growing to adult animals. Result is that from time to time, you have to sell your excess of animals. Even better, this will become the major part of your income. Without it, it is very difficult to survive financially.
And that�s all there is to do. There is off course the research for better shelters, toys and buildings but it lacks the fun part. You never have the urge to play on. It might be interesting for educational purposes, to show kids what kind of animals exist and in what kind of environment they live. But for a game, it�s a little bit too boring, even for a tycoon game.