I would not say that this is as exciting as a stealth game or a fantasy role playing game. But where it lacks in terms of killing and destroying, this game successfully educates the kids which are the target population.
This is a great game for kids which will teach them in a fun way how to be responsible individuals. It is simple enough to use and the game is filled to the brim with all sorts of information on animals which are important for their education. This is an educational game, a management game, a being responsible game, and a whole lot of other things that no kid should be without.
I don’t care about the poor visuals; I don’t even care about the fact that animals can get overcrowded in the game; I don’t care that the management is elementary – the point is, this educates the kids and to do it in a fun way makes me recommend it.
Zoo Tycoon 2 is an attempt to educate kids how to manage things on their own. It allows for making mistakes from the most basic to the most important ones. It allows the kids to learn how to do things responsibly and educates them on what animals are going through in terms of survival. So far, this has been the best attempt of getting information out in game form that has succeeded.
I agree the visual need a lot of work and it would do well to improve the image and make them more realistic. I also agree that the call for the wild to be kept wild and then keeping the wild in cages in the zoo can send mixed signals.
The kid gets to create great zoos where they can house their happy animals and keep them healthy in environments that are suited for them. If the animals in the zoo are happy, your zoo earns more money for there are more visitors. The money is needed to make more improvements on the zoo and providing for food to keep the animals happier.
For many, this is the greatest problem – keeping the animals happy. That is the whole point of the game, the challenge of keeping the animals happy. Who really wants to visit or view animals which are unhappy and unhealthy?
Another challenge is to get the right information about the animal in the zoo and then provide them with the right environment that they normally live in. if you get it wrong, the animals is sad. This is literally a hand on game that needs the gamer to interact on a personal level the zoo and the animals in it. The player also needs to feed them the right amounts and the right kind of food.
I would not say that this is as exciting as a stealth game or a fantasy role playing game. But where it lacks in terms of killing and destroying, this game successfully educates the kids which are the target population. One thing though, it would be nice to make improvements on the gameplay for this would make it more interesting for them. Remember developers, the kids have a short attention span. Improve on this and you get a fantastic game. Otherwise, for now, it is just good.