Believe it or not, my floorplanning obsession did not actually start with houses. While I have always wanted to build my own house, and I was stupidly small when I started scribbling designs, my first floorplan was actually a zoo! I did it on the back of a spare roll of lino and it was gigantic. And I really didn’t know the first thing about what I was doing.
I’m a very animal-oriented person and I’ve always loved the zoo, so for a while when I was small and had even less grasp on how things work than I do now, I thought I’d be able to build one. I definitely wouldn’t say no to that if the opportunity actually presented itself, but making a fake zoo is much easier.
When I was playing Jurassic World, I said to Will, “They need a version of this with normal zoo animals.” When we first saw Planet Zoo being advertised, we decided we’d get it for my birthday as it came out around then anyway. Well, Will kind of forgot about that and bought it early!
I was very stubborn and insisted on building a sandbox zoo straight away instead of going through the tutorial levels. Unfortunately I’m at the point where putting a gate on my latest enclosure instantly crashes the game, so I guess I’ve overdone it! I’m now retroactively going through the tutorials so I can get some inspiration before I try doing another zoo again.