Zoo Tycoon 2 is the second installment in the Zoo Tycoon series. It was first released on November 2004. The gameplay is the same as the first Zoo Tycoon game, wherein the player establishes a zoo and the final goal is to become the next “Zoo Tycoon”.
There are three main game modes in Zoo Tycoon 2. The first one is the Freeform Mode. In this mode, the player establishes a zoo of his choice. He is given a zoo where he could add guest facilities and animal exhibits. The player can also add workers to maintain the zoo. The main goal of this mode is to earn as much money as possible by keeping the animals and guests happy. The second game mode is the Campaign Mode. For this mode, the player selects the campaign he wishes to play in. At the beginning of this mode, the player takes the role of a regular zoo owner. The goal of this mode is to complete all the objects given. The last mode is the Challenge Mode, wherein the player is provided with a set sum of money to start with. However, the player also has the option to choose the starting capital. Like the Campaign Mode, this mode requires the player to complete objectives. However, because of the limited amount of capital, some of the objectives presented in this mode are harder to complete.