Zoo Tycoon 2 DS Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.2
Graphics 7.8
Sound 7.9
Value 8.2
Distributor: THQ
Classification:
G
Review Date:
March 2008
Reviewer:
James Wright

8.1


Zoo Tycoon 2 DS

Zoo Tycoon 2 makes a welcome arrival on the Nintendo DS that is based on the popular PC game of the same time and is your classic "sim" game which allows the gamer to basically organise and control a Zoo. With 36 different animals in the title, gamers of all ages can explore and create their perfect Zoo but bare in mind that all these animals need a little touch of tender loving care.

Features

  • The game features three game modes including Zoo Designer Mode, Zoo Director Mode and all new Zookeeper Mode which gives players the ability to view and care for three-dimensional versions of animals.
     
  • Zoo Tycoon 2 DS also features new animals and environments, as well as complete use of the touch screen and DS Stylus™ for all zoo activities, ranging from zoo construction to purchasing animals. Players can also exchange zoo data with friends via multicard play and compete to see who can build the best zoo.

As you create your Zoo's enclosure and add the animals to these exhibitions , you also need to ensure that Zoo is making enough profits to cover the running costs and new exhibitions. Patrons to your Zoo will need access to tourist stalls and food stalls in order to keep them happy and for the money to continue rolling in.

A nifty little feature of Zoo Tycoon 2 is that you can click on the animal and it will inform the gamer what keeps the animal happy. You also have a variety of objectives that must be completed while managing your Zoo. The title also offers a great "free" mode and also some multiplayer options, ensuring added longevity for this title.

At the core of the gameplay however is the animals' happiness. Happy animals mean higher ratings for your zoo, higher ratings mean happier visitors and happier visitors mean more money. Money as previously managed can then be used to make your animals happier and to buy more animals. The first step in making an animal happy is to provide it with its preferred environment, or biome.

Camels prefer sand, rocks, and a palm tree or two, while moose prefer grass and plenty of trees. Other factors affect an animal's happiness as well, such as ensuring that its basic needs are met. Determining whether an animal is unhappy is pretty easy. Just tap on the animal in your zoo and you'll be taken to a summary screen that represents all of the animal's needs as a group of bars. It's easy to tell at a glance that an animal isn't getting enough food or is feeling sick.

The game comes with a full set of scenarios that provide various challenges such as raising the overall star rating of a zoo. There's enough challenge here to hold the interest of most gamers, although the youngest ones may find them a bit too difficult. Playing through the scenarios has its own rewards in the form of unlocking rare and extinct animals for use in your zoos.

Graphically, Zoo Tycoon 2 is quite impressive on the DS with realistic "cartoon" style graphics that is easy on the eye and helps draw you in as a "Zoo keeper", match that with realistic sounds and "cute" music and you have a great looking and sounding title on the Nintendo DS.

In conclusion, Zoo Tycoon 2 is an interesting take on the original game for the PC that we could happily recommend to the younger game or for those gamers that enjoy animal sims. Decent graphics and great sound effects, Zoo Tycoon 2 features a variety of different gameplay modes to keep even the most staunchest of gamers entertained.






 
 



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