Planet Zoo is fantastic – it’s both relaxing and intense, depending on how you go about it, and it’s one of my favorite sandbox building games in a good long time. You are basically designing, building and managing a zoo. And the tools are your disposal are incredible – there are over 70 animals to choose from, and then it gets into details about breeding, genetics, trading and so on. The Zoopedia has an immense amount of information detailing the kind of environment each species likes, the food suitable for it, and the space it needs, etc. Then there are the powerful building tools which help you reform terrain, put down items and paths exactly how you want it.
There is a long learning curve here, but it’s not steep. the campaign familiarizes you with the tools, and does a good job of it. But the sandbox mode is where it’s really it. The managing aspect is also really fun, and kinda scratches the OCD itch in me, wanting to get everything right, and keep making money while keeping customer satisfaction up. It’s a fun thing to juggle, and the game constantly offers a great challenge.
Also, Planet Zoo is incredible to look at – you can zoom in close, and enjoy your works – the crowds, the animals, observer their behavior – it’s pretty well done. Overall, Zoo Keeper is the game that I now play whenever I want to relax and just have good time.
Tons of variety
Lots of content
Attention to detail
Lengthy learning curve
Online is a bit iffy
Score – 9/10
Build a world for wildlife in Planet Zoo. From the developers of Planet Coaster and Zoo Tycoon comes the ultimate zoo sim, featuring authentic living animals who think, feel and explore the world you create around them. Experience a globe-trotting campaign or let your imagination run wild in the freedom of Sandbox mode. Create unique habitats and vast landscapes, make big decisions and meaningful choices, and nurture your animals as you construct and manage the world’s wildest zoos.
Meet a world of incredible animals. From playful lion cubs to mighty elephants, every animal in Planet Zoo is a thinking, feeling individual with a distinctive look and personality of their own. Craft detailed habitats to bring your animals’ natural environments home, research and manage each species to allow them to thrive, and help your animals raise families to pass their genes onto future generations.
Manage an amazing living world that responds to every decision you make. Focus on the big picture or go hands-on and control the smallest details. Thrill visitors with iconic exhibits, develop your zoo with new research, and release new generations of your animals back into the wild. Your choices come alive in a world where animal welfare and conservation comes first.
Planet Zoo’s powerful piece-by-piece construction tools let you effortlessly make your zoo unique. Every creative decision you make impacts the lives of your animals and the experience of your visitors. Let your imagination run wild as you dig lakes and rivers, raise hills and mountains, carve paths and caves, and build stunning zoos with a choice of unique themes and hundreds of building components.