I really love animals, and i really love tycoon games. So Animals and tycoons together, is a game that i would really buy.
During my last trip to Germany, I was so surprised to find that there are so~~ many animals and pet games for children came from different game development studios. As if that is the only idea they could get to attract the children.
Those animals games that i saw in the market in Germany are surprisingly almost similar to one another. It might confuse costumers as to which one to buy? There are about 3 of them who is about animal hospital, or veterinarian. And also some about animals and zoos, some about animals friends like Catz or Dogz which is actually very boring (see my review about Puppy Luv).
Among those animal games, i found that zoo tycoon is quite good to play. For zoo tycoon one, i admit that the gameplay is really good. Although they did not have such a cool graphic such as Zoo tycoon 2. But sadly enough, Zoo tycoon 2's gameplay is not as good as Zoo tycoon 1.
Zoo tycoon 2 has a super cool and beautiful graphic, but that's about it. While in Zoo tycoon 1, perhaps the graphic is not as good, but the game is really nice to play. You really can feel the strategy going on there instead of just having a nice zoo with nice to see animals, you really need to think of a good deal of strategy to make everything works just fine. While in Zoo tycoon 2, it's more like a sight seeing game. They pointed out the animal too far that they forgot the strategy or the tycoon essence of the game.
There is this Complete Zoo Tycoon one edition where you can buy. Inside there is a bundle of the zoo tycoon 1 original and the marine and dinosaur, both are compatible as an expansion for Zoo tycoon 1.
In Zoo tycoon 2, you get to download new animal 'once in a while', yeah like new animal once a year or something. They should have make more! That way we are really satisfied with the whole animal and AI that they are pushing in Zoo tycoon 2. If there are not enough animals, people get bored easily. Since there are not really that much brain tweaking needed to play Zoo tycoon 2.
The new expansions for Zoo tycoon 2, are called the Zoo tycoon 2 extinct animals, African adventure, Zoo keeper, Marine and Endangered species. If you have Zoo tycoon 2 original game, then you MUST buy the expansion packs. I believe there are more animals and cool ones added inside the expansions.
There is a Zoo tycoon 2 ultimate bundle, which consist of Zoo tycoon 2 original and 4 Zoo tycoon 2 expansions included in the bundle. This is a good deal if you haven't buy ANY of the expansions.
Note: Look at the HUGE graphic quality differences between the first and second version of Zoo tycoon.
Above pictures are Zoo tycoon 1, below pictures are Zoo tycoon 2