Hello everyone. I’m finally ready to share some info about my game which i was working on for a while. Link to the demo version in the end.
What is it about
Zoo Economy - strategy-puzzle game where you exchange animals. Animals are you currency. Complete historic based story missions or play in sandbox. Get animals, breed them, attract visitors, sponsor expeditions for unique animals, upgrade zoo and much more.
It is a game where you exchange animals. Main problem is that not every zoo wants your zebra or tiger, they want python and red panda. So you have to find zoo which have python and red panda, but it might also do not want you zebra and you will continue your search. Finally you have found red panda but your zebra compared to red panda is not so valuable and now you need to offer something else in addition. On one hand you can breed more zebras if you have female and male zebras and they are in mating period or you can exchange some unique and expensive animal to exchange them again on so desirable red panda. So this is a puzzle part.
Also you need to keep your eye on your animals, they can become ill and die, and that’s all. Maybe it was the last kangaroo in your world and now it is dead. Also you do not have infinite space and you need to build new aviaries, aquariums etc. You build them using money, which you get from visitors paying for tickets. Additionally you can spend money on rescue missions or expeditions. This is a strategic part.
There are two game modes: Campaign and Sandbox. In sandbox you can customize game rules (not so many right now) and select starting zoo. Tasks are generated automatically.
In campaign mode you need to complete historic based missions. Starting zoo and tasks a predetermined.
The world map is inspired by Plague Inc. Zoo Economy is not a zoo tycoon, it won’t have any small and detailed management.
My girlfriend once told me about one of the podcasts episode about zoos and how do they deal with getting new animals. After some time she send me a link with this episode. And it was quite interesting: you can’t sell or buy the animals. It’s unethical and illegal to put a price tag on an elephant’s head. So, how zoos get new animals? Simple. By exchanging.
You can listen to this episode if you like, it is only 17 minutes long.
Right now game is in between alpha and beta stages. A lot of things needs to be done and improved. I hope to released the game in early access in summer and make full-release around half a year later. If everything will go well, port game to tablets ( no phones i’m afraid). And after that port it to Nintendo Switch . If you want to help in some way or collaborate feel free to dm me. No steam page yet, cause i don’t know if i will do it myself or via publisher. Game structure allows to add more content pretty easily, so new missions will added during early-access and maybe after release. In game events also planned, wouldn’t you be happy to fill entire world with platypuses?)
If you know any publisher which might be interested in such game, also dm me)
You can download and play demo via this link (outdated). It’s available in english and russian. You can drop your feedback in this thread. Complete tutorial missions in campaign otherwise it will hard to understand whats going on.
You can follow on me twitter (eng) or on vk (rus) and some news will be also posted on this forum.
As the game is still in development, demo can have some (or many) bugs. They can be graphical or gameplay related. Music currently used in the game is just for reference only and will be replaced to original one when officially released. Also some images and icons are used under attributions license and will be credited in author section on release. Artwork in the demo is subject to change and do not represent final quality.
Real zoos help preserve animal species all around the world and maintain diverse animal population. They are really good way to see animals from other parts of the world. Many zoos have big spacious aviaries for their animals or even zones for several animals at once with appropriated fauna. Unfortunately, some zoos have very small aviaries or treat their animals bad, so actions needs to be done only against this zoos, not to the zoos as a whole.