Ok, so letís go over some of the gameplay elements and modes you can expect to encounter. At the main menu you have the option to Continue, Play, or Load A Zoo. Continuing will start you out in wherever you left off when you last played. You can choose to load a game save if you like and of course you can select the Play option which gives you access to Training, Freeform, Challenge and Campaign modes. I highly suggest checking out the training mode as itíll get you familiar with the controls and how to play the game. Freeform mode is basically a big sandbox for you to play in without the hassle of worrying about money. Challenge mode starts you out with limited funds and places the responsibility on you to create a successful zoo. And finally, Campaign mode gives you fifteen scenario-based zoos in six categories. Youíll be rewarded with unique items to be used in Challenge and Freeform modes for completing each scenario.
As a the primary Zoo Keeper itís your responsibility to bring in animals, create habitats, hire staff, and complete regular challenges all while keeping your guests happy. Your guests, foundations, and even mystery folks will suggest things in order to make your zoo better and allow you to earn fame. Youíll unlock new animals, habitats and decorations for use in your zoos which will help you level up in fame. You can use a third person perspective to really get intimate with your animals and the zoo or you can choose to consistently stay in Tycoon view which is an overhead that makes placing items, fixing things and getting a broad overview of the zoo much easier.
Other than the initial items that are stock for the zoo mostly everything needs to be researched before it can be unlocked for use. This will cost you a sum of money and a little bit of time, but as you research new habitats you will unlock new animals as well. So whenever you get a chance be sure to do lots of research which simply consists of pressing a button on the item you want to use. You can also research a skills tree which in turn will give you more guests, decrease expenses and make more money for your zoo. There are several categories in the skill tree, so be sure to research everything for the perfect zoo in the end.