Zoo Tycoon 2

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Simulation
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Blue Fang

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by Judy on Aug. 10, 2004 @ 7:11 p.m. PDT

Microsoft's "Zoo Tycoon 2" cranks up the excitement, challenge and fun of building the ultimate zoo, with 30 animals in incredible detail with more fun animations and a dazzling array of building tools and objects, including easier terrain-altering options, scenery, foliage, themed buildings, animal shelters and moats. Gameplay has been enhanced from that of the original title, with a new zoom feature and 3-D graphics that allow players to keep a closer eye on the action and craft more-creative zoos.

Easy to start and easy to play, "Zoo Tycoon 2" gets players up close and interacting with the animals and zoo, offering intuitive controls and fun tutorials that allow players of all ages to enjoy the game right out of the box. Players are immersed in the zoo experience with new features including the Zoo Guest mode, in which players can walk around and enjoy the game like visitors on a day at the zoo; Zoo Keeper mode, which allows players to interact with their animals as never before; and a new Photo Mode. Players can take pictures of their favorite animals and guests and share them online with friends. A Zoopedia, chock full of entertaining and interesting facts about animals, rounds out the new and improved features of the upcoming game.

Unlike the original "Zoo Tycoon," the new version allows players to participate in up to three challenging gameplay types: Campaign, Freeform and Sandbox.

"'Zoo Tycoon' has been a perennial top-10 game since its launch in 2001. 'Zoo Tycoon 2' raises the bar for all 'Tycoon' and simulation games and is a truly revolutionary step for the franchise," said Adam Kovach, product manager at Microsoft Game Studios. "Players of all ages and at all skill levels can experience and enjoy a level of detail and immersiveness that just hasn't been available in simulated zoo games before."

About "Zoo Tycoon"

"Zoo Tycoon" has been the top-selling "Tycoon" game title in dollars since its launch in 2001.* Simple to play yet challenging to master, "Zoo Tycoon" offers engaging gameplay for animal lovers and simulation game fans of all ages. The captivating imagery, clever gameplay and interactive tutorials in the vibrant and appealing "Zoo Tycoon" make it easy to play right out of the box. "Zoo Tycoon" has something for everyone, stimulating creativity and imagination as players respond to the needs of the animals and guests. Additional information is available at the official Zoo Tycoon 2 website.

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