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Planet Zoo

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Deep, attractive, fun zoo sim has some tech issues.

Game Windows 2019
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This is a unique game that can be deeply rewarding, but you need to be a little patient with it because of slow progression and a confusing interface at times. Planet Zoo is as beautiful as it is deep, and the rendered animals are a marvel to look at. Not only are the graphics impressive, but the animals' behavior is fun to watch. It's great to expand your zoo, building new enclosures and attractions. The main mode has tutorials to help you along, so it's where you should start to learn the ropes. You'll refer to your Zoopedia to make sure you're putting the animals in the most ideal environment, with a proper male to female ratio for the species, with the correct temperature, and right terrain and plants (and other animals perhaps). You'll research what to feed or water them, how often, and so on. You get the idea. Get it wrong and your creatures will die or protesters may picket about the inhumane conditions at your zoo!

It can be a pain looking up all this information as there could be many screens and sub-menus. Perhaps the developers could've offered voice support to ask questions, or the option to type in something specific for a quick answer. You also can't look up animals until they're in your zoo already, which seems odd. Another issue is constructing buildings, which sometimes didn't work, and it wasn't clear why, although a recent patch seems to have fixed this issue. Other small problems were tied to A.I. pathfinding – sometimes employees didn't know where to go unless you helped them out or animals were stuck somewhere, but the game mostly gets it right. Overall, Planet Zoo is a super deep and enjoyable simulation for animal lovers and management sim enthusiasts alike.

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