Cheese loving plasticine pals Wallace and his dog Gromit star in this polished and well presented platform adventure game. While visiting their local Zoo, the pair stumble into a plot by that notorious gremlin penguin Feathers McGraw, who is busy capturing the other animals in the zoo and using them as slave labour.
The game should install just fine on a modern PC. Simply place the disc into your computers optical drive and follow the on-screen prompts. If the autorun program does not start automatically, browse to the CD in Computer/This PC and run the “InstallZoo.exe” program manually.
We could find no evidence of any patches or updates having been released for the game, so once you’re done installing you’re ready to play.
Playing the game
We were only partially successful getting this title to run on a more modern PC.
Windows 10 – Under Windows 10 the game would not start at all, simply locking up whenever we tried to start it.
Windows 7 – Under Windows 7 the game would start, but where an in-game video was supposed to play, we heard only audio. This includes the games intro and the various animated cut-scenes as you progress through the game. We imagine Wallace & Gromit fans would want to watch these scenes while making their way through the game.
Windows XP Virtual Machine – The game worked well when using a Windows XP virtual machine and VMWare Workstation 12 Player. If you need help setting up VMWare Player, see this tutorial.
Windows XP (Native) – If your PC can still boot into Windows XP, Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo should work just fine for you under this old OS.
Tweaking visual settings
There are only a handful of visual quality settings for the game. Start the game from the Start menu or screen and choose “Screen & Graphics”. The window shown below will then appear.
The important settings are “Resolution” and “Colour Depth”. Resolution should normally be set to your monitors native resolution. Usually you can simply move the slider all the way to the right to accomplish this.
Colour Depth should always be set to 32 bit. You should also make sure that “Enable Hardware Acceleration” is on. This should be supported in VMWare Player. Shadows and Heat Haze effects can also be left on.
If you’re running the game in a Windows XP virtual machine, you might find the configuration utility crashes, or doesn’t let you set the correct screen mode. If that’s the case, navigate to the following folder:-
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ProjectZoo
In this folder you will find a file called Options.txt. If you open this file in Notepad, or your favourite text editor, you will be able to manually edit the games screen resolution settings by changing the ScreenSize and ScreenHeight lines. Don’t forget to set “Widescreen:1” if you’re running a widescreen screen mode. Save the changes when you’re done and launch the game again. If you’re not familiar with editing text files, see this tutorial.
The game has full support for game controllers. To configure the bindings, start the game and choose “Keys and Controller”. The window shown below will then appear.
To fully enable the Xbox 360 controller, what you need to do is select “Enable Camera Axes”. Then simply bind the right control stick to the pan/tilt controls. Unfortunately there is no way to invert the axis if they are not to your liking.
Finally, make sure you bind “Menu select” to the controllers Start button and “Menu Back” to the back button. The game is now perfectly playable, however you cannot skip the cut scenes without getting up to press the Escape key. If you have a copy of Xpadder, you might want to bind the Escape key to the controllers back button just for convenience.
Change any other bindings according to taste and then click “OK” when you are done. You’re now fully configured and ready to take on Feathers McGraw.
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