Codex Gamicus
Developer(s) Blue Fang Games (PC, Wii), 1st Playable Productions (DS)
Publisher(s) THQ
Designer Designer Missing
status Status Missing
Release date October 26, 2009
Genre Life simulation
Mode(s) Wii:
Age rating(s) ESRB: E
Platform(s) Windows PC
Nintendo DS
Arcade system Arcade System Missing
Input Wii:
Wii Remote
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

World of Zoo is a life simulation video game, published by THQ and developed by Blue Fang Games, who also developed the similar Zoo Tycoon series.[1][2] World of Zoo was released for Windows PC, Wii and Nintendo DS on October 26, 2009.[3] The game was showcased in the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009 on June 1, 2009, held in the Los Angeles Convention Center.[3][4]

The game educates players about animals using facts provided by the National Geographic Society.[2]



Screenshot of the game's alpha version

World of Zoo will simulate a zoo, and players will care for 95 different species of animals, from 11 different families, and place it in one of the 20 exhibits.[2][3] The goal of the game is to keep the animals in the zoo happy, ways to do this include: feeding the animals, playing with the animals, and improving the animals exhibits.[5] Keeping the animals happy will result in hearts and tokens for the player, who can then redeem their hearts and tokens for food, tools, and new animals.[5]

Certain achievements can earn the player certain objects, for example: new species can be unlocked, or in-game awards earned.[3][5] One example of an in-game award is the player raising in status with one animal family, for the big cat family, awards range from, lowest to highest, "Junior Big Cat Handler" to "Big Cat Whisperer".[5]

The game will also feature an "Animal Creator", a feature that allows players to create and customize animals' personalities and appearances similar to Spore; along with an "Animal Adoption Network" feature—another way players can add animals.[2][3]

Every animal has unique personalities and behaviors; the player's goal is to earn trust and happiness of each animal, so the player must find a method to gain trust and happiness from each animal.[2] Trust the animal has in the player is measured via a trust meter; after the trust meter gets to rank six, the player can hypnotize animals.[3]

Minigames are scattered throughout World of Zoo, and often pose as challenges arising in the care-taking of animals, e.g. grooming or healing.[3]

The Wii version of the game can function as single player; but also can also support multiplayer mode up to four players.[3] The Wii Remote is used to control the game in both modes; in multiplayer, player one controls the camera.[3]


95 animals available in World of Zoo, separated into 12 families: antelopes, bears, big cats, canid, crocodiles, elephants, giraffes, koalas, pandas, penguins, small monkeys, and zebras & horses.[5]

NOTE: Only the Wii version contains all animal types. The PC version of the game does NOT include the following animals: antelopes, bears, canid, crocodiles, elephants, and penguins.

Big Cats[]

  • African Lion
  • Caracal
  • Cougar
  • Leopard
  • Jaguar
  • Cheetah
  • Bengal Tiger
  • Clouded Leopard
  • Snow Leopard


  • Plains Zebra
  • Konik
  • Brumby
  • Icelandic Horse
  • Onager
  • Przewalski's Horse
  • Grévy's Zebra
  • African Wild Ass
  • Misaki


  • Giraffe
  • Reticulated Giraffe
  • Masai Giraffe
  • South African Giraffe


  • Capuchin Monkey
  • Squirrel Monkey
  • Rhesus Monkey
  • Patas Monkey
  • Red-shanked Douc


  • Giant Panda
  • Qinling Panda


  • Koala


  • African Elephant
  • Indian Elephant
  • Sumatran Elephant
  • African Forest Elephant


  • Emperor Penguin
  • Royal Penguin
  • Rockhopper Penguin


  • Brown Bear
  • American Black Bear
  • Spectacled Bear
  • Polar Bear
  • Sloth Bear
  • Moon Bear
  • Sun Bear
  • Kodiak Bear
  • Tibetan Blue Bear
  • Gobi Bear


  • Nile Crocodile
  • Gharial
  • American Alligator


  • African Wild Dog
  • Fennec Fox
  • Wolf
  • Fox


  • Gazelle
  • Gemsbok
  • Pronghorn
  • Bongo
  • Impala
  • Giant Sable Antelope
  • Blackbuck
  • Okapi


Critics' reception to World of Zoo was muted for the first two months after launch. Most reviewers have, as of December 15, 2009, declined to review the game or give a score. This includes better-known sites like IGN, GameSpot, Gametrailers, 1UP, and GameSpy. User scores have generally been positive. The Metacritic user score for World of Zoo is 96%.

See also[]


  1. THQ - News - World Of Zoo Announced. THQ - News. THQ. Retrieved on 2009-06-02
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 GDN: E3 09: World of Zoo to Open this Fall. Gamers Daily News. GDN. Retrieved on 2009-06-02
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Tong, Sophia (2009-05-09). World of Zoo Hands-On - Wii Previews. GameSpot. CBS Interactive Inc.. Retrieved on 2009-06-02
  4. McGlaun, Shane (2009-06-01). THQ Unveils World of Zoo at E3. I4U news. I4U LLC. Retrieved on 2009-06-02
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Watters, Chris (2009-06-03). World of Zoo Updated Impressions. Preview GameSpot E3 2009. CBS Interactive, Inc.. Retrieved on 2009-06-05

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