Parents' Guide to

Zoo Tycoon

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fantastic animal and business simulation, fun for all ages.

Game Xbox 360, Xbox One 2013
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Awsome game I tried it maybe you should to! even a 3 year can with elders!

Let them play it!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (5):

Zoo Tycoon is an unexpected gem among the initial crop of launch games for Xbox One (although it's also playable on Xbox 360). Not only does it look terrific -- the animals are so lifelike you'll want to reach into the game and pet them -- it's also a blast to play. Building enclosures, outfitting them with interactive pavilions, and airlifting in animals to populate them is a ton of fun. So, too, is running around the zoo at street level, where you can make faces for monkeys to copy (thanks to the power of Xbox One's next-generation Kinect, which recognizes facial expressions) or drive around in one of the zoo carts.

Even the business simulation stuff is easy to understand and well integrated into the adventure. Thanks to some smart voice commands that let you call up key pieces of information -- such as which animals need attention and which buildings need repairs -- on the map, you need never worry about getting stuck surfing around dull menus. Entertaining, educational, and a pleasure to behold, Zoo Tycoon is a must for animal-loving Xbox One families.

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