Starting with Flight Simulator, Microsoft Game Studio has an important presence in the simulation games. World of Zoo is not the first simulator that is focused on managing a Zoo, but it is the first that is focused on the interaction between humans and animals at a more personal level.
To start with, in World of Zoo, the player is not that omnipresent force that controls large portions of ground and complex structure. Instead, you can find yourself as a presence among the animals. They will react when you are close to them (these reactions can be violent or full of love, according to what you are offering them). This game is focused mainly on the individual care for each animal but we can't consider World of Zoo a "pet" simulator.
World of Zoo was specially designed for younger play
ers, from the graphical aspect of the game up to the animals' reactions near your presence. However, this superficial effect is not the one that makes World of Zoo more approachable, but it's the bound between player and animals. The animals are reacting to your presence; some of them can even try to interact with you. In this way, World of Zoo emphasizes the fact that animals are capable of feelings, sentiments and affection. This aspect makes them seem more alive.
With game currency, the player can purchase a large variety of items(furnishings, food, toys, etc) that will eventually improve the animals' life. Players can also take advantage of the customization feature that is available, in order to customize the animal's aspect according to what they like. However, there is a limit of what you can do. For example, it is not possible to create mythological creatures such as dragons or griffons. This is a good thing because most of all, World of Zoo wants to have strong roots in reality. The educational quality that this game can offer to young players makes it extremely attractive and a good choice for conscientious parents.
World of Zoo offers children a way of safely exploring the animal kingdom. They can learn and have fun in the same time. What's more, World of Zoo can be an entertaining game even for mature players (especially for those that are not hardcore gamers).