the most original puzzle game ever created but Zoo Keeper
knows how to corral players and turn them into wild
Keeper should not be confused with Zoo Tycoon. This
is a puzzle game in the style of games such as Column
Crowns, Egg Mania, Gem Smasher and Mighty Beanz. But
it has the most in common with Bejeweled. Instead
of jewels, you move animals around to make groups
of three or more of the same species. It's a fun,
easy and addicting game. And it looks great on the
the Zoo Keeper it's your duty to keep animals in line
- literally. To capture a particular animal you must
line up three similar animal heads so that they form
a line. The playfield is a grid that consists of eight
animal icons horizontally and vertically. Lines can
be made in both directions but you can only make a
move with a tile that is adjacent to the tile being
swapped, and even then you can only make that move
if it will complete a line of three or more of the
same icons. Lines or four and five are possible and
you'll get a better score if you manage to perform
these chain reactions. Each time you "capture"
an animal, all the tiles used in that chain will be
removed from the board. When moves are restricted
because there are no more chains to be made, the game
is over and a new tile set will appear.
game is time limited although you will get extra time
for capturing animals. If you get stuck, you can use
the binoculars which will give you a hint as to where
to make the next move. The use of the binoculars is
limited so you can't rely on them to play the game
many games in this genre, Zoo Keeper manages to keep
a relaxed pace without ever getting too easy or repetitious.
We all have played games that seemed to be fine for
the first hour only to hit a steep incline in the
learning curve that seems more like a brick wall.
After a few more tries you just end up putting the
game away out of frustration. Zoo Keeper does get
more complex but it does so gradually and evenly.
You can play this game for hours and hours and still
not want to throw it across the living room.
different modes you can increase the intensity. The
two-player mode can be played with the wireless adapter.
Both players are in a race against time and each other.
As an added bonus, you're able to steal time away
from your opponent. The first one to run out of time
is the looser.
Keeper utilizes the touch-sensitive screen. The dual
screens are more of a luxury than a necessity. The
playfield is where all the action is. The other screen
just indicates the title and shows us which animal
is featured. It's a very colorful game. The animals
have an intentionally cubist appearance which is very
hip. The tunes are light and catchy and even if I
were a composer, I wouldn't change a darn note.
Keeper isn't cheap in price but nor is it cheap in
presentation. You can get games like this for free
on the net but you'll have to play them on your PC.
However, if you're looking for a great, portable,
two-player puzzle game then Zoo Keeper may be your