Zoo Tycoon (2013 video game)

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This article is about the 2013 game. For the series, see Zoo Tycoon (series). For the 2001 game, see Zoo Tycoon (2001 video game).
Zoo Tycoon
ZooTycoon 2013 Logo(Transparent ).png
North American cover art
Developer(s) Frontier Developments
Publisher(s) Microsoft Studios
Series Zoo Tycoon
Platform(s) Xbox 360
Xbox One
Release date(s) 22 November 2013
Genre(s) Business simulation
Mode(s) Single-player (Xbox One, Xbox 360), multiplayer (Xbox One[1])

Zoo Tycoon is a business simulation video game developed by Frontier Developments and published by Microsoft Studios. The game was released on 22 November 2013 for Xbox One and Xbox 360.[2][3][4]


Zoo Tycoon was revealed at E3 2013 In June 2013. The gameplay that was shown included element similar to Zoo Tycoon 2, such as a first person view, and new elements such as feeding animals in first person view. Also like its predecessor, the game allows the player to care for their animals by monitoring their mood, hunger, and thirst. Tycoon Mode, which was introduced in the first Zoo Tycoon, has also returned.[5]


Xbox One[edit]

The Xbox One version features both a 15-hour story campaign mode, the traditional freeform mode (infinite money), and challenge modes (short tasks lasting about 15 minutes). In addition, there are also real-time events and challenges that match real-world events. Microsoft will donate to animal charities for completion of community events, "For example, the recent Rhino killings in Nairobi park – we could set a community based achievement asking players to save 10,000 rhinos, and when unlocked, money would be given to the park or a related charity." Jonny Watts, Frontier’s Chief Creative officer, explained."[6][7]

The Xbox One version features Kinect-based minigames, an option to share and upload pictures that you take on Xbox One, supported Xbox Live Online from players 1-4, and more than 100 animals in the game.[8]

The Xbox One version allows traditional Zoo Tycoon navigation as well as a Disneyland Adventures-style 3D free roam of the park, where the player's avatar runs through the park. Interactions with the animals are similar to Kinectimals in that they include feeding, bathing, etc. The player can see the status of the animals by pressing the X button to see if they're happy and healthy, view their food and water meters, as well as social and boredom ratings.[9][10]

The Xbox One version allows gamers to upload their zoos to the cloud and share them. Up to four players can work on a given zoo simultaneously. Friends can continue to work on the zoo even when the owner is not present.[6][11]

Xbox 360[edit]

The Xbox 360 version of Zoo Tycoon is almost identical to the Xbox One version. However, it only features 65 animals out of the 101 that are featured in the Xbox One Version. Also, the graphics of this version are inferior to the Xbox One. This version also only features a single-player mode.[12]


Zoo Tycoon received mixed to positive reviews upon release. Xbox360achievements.org gave the game a 75/100,[13] IGN gave it a 5.5/10,[14] Official Xbox Magazine UK gave the game a 7/10,[15] Polygon.com gave the game an 8/10,[16] Hardcore Gamer gave the game a 3.5/5,[17] Eurogamer gave the game an 8/10[18] while metro.co.uk gave the game a 6/10[19] and videogamer.com gave it a 5/10.[20] GameZone gave the Xbox One version a 6/10, stating "Where Zoo Tycoon cuts corners to appeal to a wider audience, it also alienates it with overly cumbersome menus."[21]


  1. ^ Xbox 360 (27 August 2013). "Xbox 360 Version of Zoo Tycoon a Stripped Down, Single-player Experience". Egmnow.com. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  2. ^ 10 July 2013 at 9:00 AM (10 July 2013). "An Inside Look at Zoo Tycoon with Frontier Developments". News.xbox.com. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Xbox One Launch Titles - Xbox One Wiki Guide". IGN. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Zoo Tycoon". Xbox.com. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gamescom 2013: Zoo Tycoon Demoed". 123Kinect.com. 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  6. ^ a b ManPac (16 September 2013). "Preview: Zoo Tycoon". Electronic Theatre. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Zoo Tycoon On Xbox One To include Achievement Based Charity Donations | ExpansiveDLCExpansiveDLC". Expansivedlc.com. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Zoo Tycoon". Xbox.com. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Lowe, Mike. "Zoo Tycoon Xbox One preview: If we could talk with the animals". Pocket-lint. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Everybody Plays (4 September 2013). "Zoo Tycoon Hands-On Preview (360)". Everybody Plays. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  11. ^ 10 July 2013 at 9:00 AM (10 July 2013). "An Inside Look at Zoo Tycoon with Frontier Developments". News.xbox.com. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Zoo Tycoon". Xbox.com. 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  13. ^ Webb, Dan (2013-11-18). "Xbox One Reviews: Dead Rising 3 & Zoo Tycoon". Xbox360Achievements. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  14. ^ Jackson, Leah B (2013-11-22). "Zoo Tycoon Review". IGN. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  15. ^ Wilson, Aoife (2013-11-18). "OXM UK- Zoo Tycoon Review". Official Xbox Magazine UK. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  16. ^ Plante, Chris (2013-11-18). "Zoo Tycoon review: animal collective". Polygon. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  17. ^ Hannley, Steve (2013-12-01). "Review: Zoo Tycoon (Xbox One)". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  18. ^ Facchetti, Filippo (2013-11-18). "Zoo Tycoon - review" (in Italian). Eurogamer.it. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  19. ^ Hargreaves, Roger (2013-11-18). "Zoo Tycoon review – animal attraction". Metro. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  20. ^ Bratt, Christopher (2013-11-18). "Zoo Tycoon Review". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  21. ^ Splechta, Mike (1 December 2013). "Zoo Tycoon Review: We bought a Zoo". GZ. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 

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