Parents' Guide to

Zoo Tycoon 2 DS

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Portable zoo simulation offers impressive depth.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Not good for younger kids - difficult and boring

After reading the very minimal info on the back of the box my 9 year old decided she wanted this game. We purchased the game and ended up being very disappointed. We read the instruction manual and it didn't explain much. So much info on the business management and personally I thought it was difficult for children under 10 to figure it out. Also seemed pretty boring to me. Would be better suited for older children.

This title has:

Educational value

Is It Any Good?

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Some of the challenges players will face in Zoo Tycoon 2 DS might include designing exhibits for three different horned animals, ensuring that the lions achieve a happiness rating of at least 70%, or creating conditions for an endangered species to mate and give birth. There are 36 animals in the game, from zoo staples like lions, ostriches, and zebras to endangered species and even some prehistoric and "fantasy" animals that are unlocked later on as special rewards. Each species requires different care based on the "biome" they belong to –- such as savannah, boreal forest, tundra, or aquatic, and you must construct an appropriate habitat for them by laying the right ground, foliage, rocks, toys, and shelter.

It might take players a while to get the hang of the controls and the detailed menus while struggling against the imposed time limits, but once the learning curve has been overcome Zoo Tycoon 2 DS proves itself to be an enjoyable and educational game with impressive depth.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release date: February 4, 2008
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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