An orca whale has just drenched the first five rows of the grandstand and the crowd goes wild! You aren’t in Sea World, you are playing Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania.
Marine Mania is the second expansion pack to the hugely popular Zoo Tycoon—a simulation game that lets players build and manage their own zoos. With this add-on CD-ROM (you must have the original Zoo Tycoon installed on your computer to use it), zoo architects get 20 new aquatic creatures to place in their zoos, 11 new marine-specific scenarios, and the ability to create animal shows using whales, dolphins, otters and others. They also get the previously released expansion pack, Dinosaur Digs.
Marine Mania, makes creating a marine park child’s play, literally. Three excellent tutorials lead children through the basics. Kids can splash right in and start building; or they can gradually learn more about the game by playing structured sequenced scenarios.
While kids won’t initially know how to take care of marine animals, such as a great white shark, they will learn with the help of marine biologists that they hire. Soon, youngsters will be discussing terms such as salinity, water depths, and filtration systems and what sea creatures like to eat.
New customizable animal shows are the expansion pack’s biggest thrill. Be sure to watch as the dolphins flip, jump, and wave to the crowd.
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