Zoo Tycoon 2

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Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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An outstanding zoo simulation game!

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this simulation teaches about zoo animals, habitats, and how to run a business. If you own the original Zoo Tycoon, this sequel is different enough that your child will enjoy exploring this one as well.

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Adult Written byemmasmom513 April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written byBuffy Rules January 20, 2016

Review #7 - ("Complete Collection" Review) This one is best appreciated amongst older kids. Younger could play with guidance, but watch out to prevent violent situations despite peaceful nature of the game.

PUBLISHER: Microsoft | RATING: E10+
I would like to start the review by saying this is my first game review of all I have written. But I would also like to say... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byravenr August 22, 2014

A great game with expansions filled with blood thirsty dinosaurs and adorable dodo's

This charm right here called Zoo Tycoon 2 is a great experience for us kids
As my fellow kids and teens have said already there is no blood unless you install t... Continue reading

What's it about?

The challenge of ZOO TYCOON 2 is to build cool zoos that can sustain themselves as a business. As with all simulations, there is a learning curve before kids can jump in to start building and running their zoos. But with this simulation, the learning curve is terraced by three hands-on tutorials that teach children how to control the game, how to construct the zoo, and how to obtain important information about the zoo so that they can make it better. Thirty animals are available and each requires a specific habitat to be built; kids will find 10 biomes and hundreds of objects available including exhibit materials (plants, trees, foliage, rocks, ground cover, and animal-appropriate toys), themed buildings, guest attractions, and landscaping items.

Is it any good?

This excellent sequel to Zoo Tycoon boasts new 3-D graphics and friendlier tools to help build the perfect habitats for animals. Not only do kids get to design and build their own dream zoos, but now they can walk around in them in a first person perspective. Kids can even take on the role of the zookeeper to feed, water, and groom the animals. Players can show off their zoos by taking "photos" of what's happening and then share the photos with friends and families.

Zoo Tycoon 2 is an exciting way to learn about animals and the business of running a zoo. It's a software title that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages as well as adults.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different styles of play. Do you prefer free-form exploration of the game, or the campaign and challenge modes? Why?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Microsoft
  • Release date: December 6, 2004
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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