IDG / Hayden Dingbat’s a lot of hours, most of them spent in Franchise Mode. I did dabble in the Career early on, but quickly tired of going through the motions of what felt like an extended tutorial.
The prefab zoos Frontier includes for each mission are inspiring, sure, but unlocking all 14 will take a lot of patience. Positioned between Career and Creative, Franchise Mode is a slightly structured sandbox.
You can research new themes to decorate your zoo, new staff facilities to accommodate your growing employee pool, new barriers to better protect your guests from your animals (and vice versa), and so on. It’s manageable though, with most of the nonfunctional items hidden until after you’ve laid down a foundation and done some research.
After spending 12 to 15 hours on my first, I realized I’d backed myself into a corner in terms of some late-game options. Laying out a gondola was proving needlessly difficult, and I was having a hard time keeping my staff’s assigned work areas organized.
Planet Zoo positions it like you’re a zoo tycoon, a global enterprise that manages parks on every continent. Only your “Trade Center” is shared though, a 30-slot storage bank that houses animals you haven’t put into a park yet.
That, and “Conservation Points,” a secondary currency that’s used to attain rare or endangered animals like pandas, elephants, and giraffes. Even if you’ve unlocked all the themes, all the habitat enrichment, everything in one park, when you move to the next you start from scratch.
IDG / Hayden Dingbat’s oddly restrictive, and deters me from starting new parks. That seems counter to Franchise Mode’s aims, as I get the feeling I’m supposed to have a multitude of unique installations around the world.
All the Career Mode example zoos are compact and tightly themed, be it a panda rescue or a safari park or a Victorian Era throwback. That sort of Haussmann-like renovation is par for the course in builders, but Franchise Mode seems designed precisely to avoid such situations.
It’s for people who want to place every trash can and every tree and every rock, who want to spend hours beautifying a reptile house or maybe just a toilet. IDG / Hayden Kingmaker in Planet Zoo, for people who want to lay out an ambitious grizzly bear pen complete with a mountain, a faux-cave, and a waterfall.
I’ve spent hours on a single enclosure, trying to establish better sight lines, sculpting rivers and hills so that the animals are herded towards the glass and the waiting guests, placing rocks and foliage to mask the zookeepers who help stagehand this elaborate drama. It doesn’t always work out, and sometimes you find a wolf swimming in place forever or some such.
I’ve yet to grow tired of coming across bears 50 feet up a tree trunk, looking out over the horizon. I’m likewise fond of giraffes and their affinity for people, the way they crane their necks up towards crowds on an elevated walkway.
Planet Zoo could use a few interface passes, as it takes far too many clicks to (for instance) figure out what continent and biome an animal is from, then filter the “Nature” tab, so it only shows plants from said continent and biome, then place the plants, then double-check that you’ve placed enough foliage to satisfy the animal, and so forth. IDG / Hayden Dismantle bathing system is still every bit as awkward as it was in Planet Coaster, especially when you want to do anything extravagant like tunnel under a river.
Running a habitat parallel to a path is a matter of eyeballing it and eventually saying “Well, close enough,” which is less than ideal. Oh, and Franchise Mode is perpetually online, which is fine except when Frontier’s servers boot me from my zoo for no reason.
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I've played the original Tycoon, not this one, but I think it should be possible to do this without popping an achievement if you use the challenge zoos and don't start one of your own. JOHNS WFC said:I've played the original Tycoon, not this one, but I think it should be possible to do this without popping an achievement if you use the challenge zoos and don't start one of your own.
Hey everyone, Today we have a guide for the weekly Xbox Game Pass Quest in Tycoon : Ultimate Animal Collection for “Cleaning up 15 animal poops.” This quest should take between about 15 minutes if you’re just starting the game for the first time. If you DON’T want to unlock any achievements, check the bottom of this post for Method 2.
I tested this on my alt account before posting and did not unlock any achievements. Method 1 (with achievements):1) Select New Game2) Select Sandbox Zoo 3) Select North America (default) and start the game4) Once the game loads, Press Y to enter Tycoon View5) Scroll out into the open area and press A to “Build Zoo ” 6) Choose “Exhibit” 7) Choose any of the exhibits by pressing A.
Once it’s placed, you have to connect a path back to the main area or to another exhibit. Move the cursor to the main area and press A once it turns green to create a path.9) Once placed, you have the option to edit the exhibit.
Ideally, you want to select one that belongs in that type of environment (I’ll add a list below for which animal to put where) because you’ll level up faster. The faster you level up, the larger exhibits you can place, the more animals, and more poop.
10) Once you reach the limit of animals, back out to the Edit Exhibit menu, select Exhibit Items, Animal Care, press A to build a station, and select one of the feeding options. Continue making small exhibits until you hit level 3 (the stars at the top of your HUD).
Method 2 (no achievements) :1) Select New Game2) Choose Campaign Mode3) Choose Original Campaign4) Scroll right or left until you find the only Hard campaign that you can select when starting the game for the first time “Fame and Fortune: Kidding Around” 5) Start the scenario6) Once you load in, Press Y to enter Tycoon View, and scroll to the left to find the “Tropical Small” exhibit (little brown patch with some palm trees and a rock). Bigger animals like elephants and giraffes poop more often than lions.
XWSx Logan said:Hey everyone, Method 2 (no achievements):1) Select New Game2) Choose Campaign Mode3) Choose Original Campaign4) Scroll right or left until you find the only Hard campaign that you can select when starting the game for the first time “Fame and Fortune: Kidding Around” 5) Start the scenario6) Once you load in, Press Y to enter Tycoon View, and scroll to the left to find the “Tropical Small” exhibit (little brown patch with some palm trees and a rock). Kendog52404 said: XLSX Logan said:Hey everyone, Method 2 (no achievements):1) Select New Game2) Choose Campaign Mode3) Choose Original Campaign4) Scroll right or left until you find the only Hard campaign that you can select when starting the game for the first time “Fame and Fortune: Kidding Around” 5) Start the scenario6) Once you load in, Press Y to enter Tycoon View, and scroll to the left to find the “Tropical Small” exhibit (little brown patch with some palm trees and a rock).
When I went back just now to double-check, it unlocked when I loaded in again. But with my girl, she just loved to look at and mess around with the animals.
Don't expect too much and this could be a nice family surprise. Unless you a furry, in which case this game may trigger some inappropriate behavior.
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