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For young children, not a grown up like me :),
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This review is from: Zoo Tycoon II (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
I love the pc version of this game, and know that sometimes the ds versions fall a little short, but this is a very basic version indeed.
The graphics are terrible, you can barely see what the animal is once it's in it's pen. And the water is square! You also have to fill in the terrain square by square, it doesn't let you drag and cover more than one at once.
It has some daft mini games where you wash the animal and feed it and clean it's pen, okay if you are aged 6 and under, but a bit pointless. There are also far less sound effects than the pc game.
As far as I can work out you only can make square or rectangle pens, and only of a certain size. You are also limited to the amount of animals you can have - when my animals gave birth I had to delete a load of them as I'd used up my animal quota and all other animals became locked. The same goes for benches, plants, etc, you only have a certain amount you are allowed to place in your zoo, after that they are all locked. At one point I was limited to one bit of foliage per pen as I wasn't allowed any more as I'd put some plants around for decoration.
The zoos are also very small and get filled up in no time at all, and there's far less choice of terrain than in the pc game. In fact, once you've made your pen and stuck a keeper in it there's nothing left to do, there's not much maintenance or expansion left, especially if you've used up all your allowance of equipment.
There are some campaign games but I didn't find them very impressive either, as all of the above applied to them as well.
Not something I'd recommend at all, a real waste of money in my opinion. It's a shame, as it could be so good, but it's not