Parents' Guide to

Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Revamped animal/business sim great for new audiences.

Game Windows , Xbox One 2017
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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Great Intro to Gaming for younger kids

Due to the theme being animals and an open platform experience, this is a great game for younger kids to learn controller skills, my nearly 5 god daughter plays this on a zoo I created and likes to feed the animals.

Is It Any Good?

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Even though this is just an updated version of the 2013 title, it's just super fun for players of all ages. The graphics are really the standout, supporting 4K Ultra HD quality for more realistic-looking animals. There's also some new wildlife, from South America and Australia specifically, and you can create a much larger zoo than in previous games. Visually, the animals, such as lions and zebras, look fantastic -- not just in the increased detail, but they're animated smoothly, lit nicely, and made to sound like their real-life counterparts. The Zoopedia is back and improved, giving you information about each species you have.

Nice to see included is the Challenge mode, which throws a few scenarios your way, such as taking photos and dealing with escaped animals. There's also the main sandbox mode, optional multiplayer options, where you can trade and play with others, and some mini-games, too. There's not much to complain about this straightforward simulation that challenges you to keep everything humming along and everyone happy. Overall, you won't be disappointed with the remastered Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection -- especially with its sub-$30 price of admission.

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