Planet Zoo is a management simulator game developed by Frontier Developments. Just as the name suggests, in this game you’ll be managing a zoo. It will not span an entire planet, but don’t think this will limit your creativity; you have vast stretches of land at your disposal.
Sticking animals in tiny cages makes them depressed and unhappy, which in turn results in unhappy visitors and an unprofitable zoo. To keep animals active, you’ll have to provide them with a stimulating environment; something that resembles their natural habitat, generally speaking. There are many different animals in the game, each with unique needs. Some are harmless and easy to take care of, perfect for beginner zoos. But some are much more challenging, requiring large habitats and a specific landscape. Of course, you don’t need to cater to all needs of your animals, either; it is more of a late-game challenge.
Planet Zoo is available only on Microsoft Windows. The lack of console ports is understandable; these games are meant to be played with a keyboard and a mouse, not game controllers. But what if you want to play Planet Zoo on Mac? There are several unofficial tools that can make this happen. Learn more in the article below.
|OS: Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10 (64-bit)||OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)|
|Processor: Intel i5-2500 / AMD FX-6350||Processor: Intel i7-4770k / AMD Ryzen 5 1600|
|RAM: 8 GB||RAM: 16 GB|
|Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 (2GB) / AMD Radeon R9 270X (2GB)||Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB) or AMD Radeon RX 580 (8GB)|
|Storage: 16 GB||Storage: 16 GB|
Play Planet Zoo on Mac with Parallels
Planet Zoo requires lots of PC resources, but if you have a powerful Mac computer (iMac, iMac Pro, or Mac Pro) Parallels Desktop can be a solution. This is an application that allows for Windows virtualization on Mac with the full support of DirectX and GPUs. In simpler terms, what this means is that it allows you to install Windows 10 on Mac with just a couple of clicks and switch between MacOS and Windows instantly. So you will be able to run Windows, install Steam (or Epic Games Store), and enjoy the Planet Zoo game on Mac just like on a regular PC.
Please note that not all games are supported by Parallels. Several conditions must be met for the game to be playable.
Your Mac must exceed minimum system requirements for the game; meeting them is not enough. Generally speaking, you will need an iMac Pro or a Mac Pro to run demanding games. Some MacBook Pro and iMac models are also suitable; they must have an Intel processor, a discrete graphics card and at least 16 GB of RAM. If your Mac has an Apple Silicon chip (such as M1 or M2), you may experience issues playing modern games.
Games that require DirectX 12 are currently not supported by Parallels.
AppsOnMac recommends using Parallels’ free trial feature to determine whether you can run the game or not if you’re uncertain.
Play Planet Zoo on Mac with Cloud Gaming services
If you have an old Mac or it cannot satisfy the Planet Zoo game system requirements, there is an easy solution. Cloud gaming services will be happy to provide you with sufficient computing power – though not for free, of course. All you need is a browser or a small client program and a good internet connection starting from 15 MBit/s. There are several great platforms that provide these services, among the best are Boosteroid, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Google Stadia, and Nvidia GeForce Now.
As Boosteroid has Planet Zoo in its game library, it is an excellent choice for these seeking to try the game out.
Play Planet Zoo on Mac with BootCamp
Note: Mac computers with new Apple Silicon (M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max) currently do not support BootCamp. In this case, please, use the options above to run Planet Zoo on Mac
This method is simple but time-consuming. If your Mac meets all the system requirements above, you can play Planet Zoo on Mac by installing Windows. You need to set up a dual boot of Windows and Mac via BootCamp. This is an application that allows users to choose the system to work in on startup, however, you won’t be able to switch between systems like in Parallels. You will need to reboot your machine every time you want to switch from Mac to Windows and vice versa. Remember that Mac is just a computer, in the end. And while newer Macs have their own special Apple Silicon chips that cannot run Windows, older Macs are very much similar to computers that run Windows, they have Intel processors, compatible RAM, disks, and other components. So you can install Windows on an older Mac by allocating no less than 64 GB of disk space (to be able to run Windows and a couple of games) and following these steps:
For OS X El Capitan 10.11 and older
For MacOS versions prior to OS X El Capitan 10.11 you will need to create a bootable Windows USB.
- Download this Windows ISO file.
- Open Boot Camp Assistant (Go to Applications > Utilities).
- Define the Windows partition size and choose the Windows ISO file you’ve downloaded.
- Format the Windows partition and go through all Windows installation steps.
- When Windows boots for the first time follow on-screen instructions to install Boot Camp and Windows support software (drivers)