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4.0 out of 5 stars Be the zookeeper you always wished to be with Zoo Tycoon., 24 Nov. 2013
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Zoo Tycoon (Xbox One) (Video Game)
Whether you are a first time Zoo Tycoon player or a long standing fan of the popular franchise there is something for everyone with Zoo Tycoon. Working your way through 10 tutorials will allow you to have all the experience that you need to start running your own zoo. Helpful tips on the load screen, which you will see for about 1 minute each time you load a new zoo, also add to the learning experience of this game.

The addition of challenges and a notifications screen allow you to have a busy zoo and yet still keep fun elements with regular challenges, of varying difficulty, popping up throughout the game at random intervals.

It is possible to play with your friends, or enemies even, and the online gameplay functions are fun, interesting and can lead to the whiling away of hours without realising.

The positives:

Lots of fun
Lots of zoos and levels to play
Can interact with friends
Possible to record videos and take photographs for referring to later and for showing off to friends
Lots of animals, different varieties can be researched
Achievements are varied with easy ones, such as start your own zoo, and more long winded ones involving meeting up with friends and playing together
Kinect controls give the chance to interact with animals, such as hosing down rhinoceroses and feeding giraffes by hand, this is a lovely thing to do and in particular it is great for children

The negatives:

Pre-made exhibits take away some of the fun of designing that perfect enclosure
Pre-set footpaths can lead to a zoo which will drive the OCD minded crazy with wavy paths everywhere with lots of gaps in the middle
It is almost impossible to make that perfect zoo on the earlier zoo maps because there is a limit on the amount of items and animals that you can have, this can make it hard to please the guests all of the time

Overall this game is interesting, fun and has a variety of achievements, the first 10-15 that are quite simple and possible to earn in under 12 hours. The rest of the achievements set enough of a challenge to keep the game fresh which is ideal when you consider the more expensive price of Xbox One games compared to other consoles. The game is worthy of 4/5 from me as I have had great fun playing it so far and would definitely recommend it. It isn't going to please all fans of the original games, which were on PC, due to the difference in game controls but overall it is a fun game, worthy of the money at least, and best of all it is fun for children and adults alike.
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