Excerpt: Puzzle games can be wonderful things when they’re done right. You’ll either be playing one for far too long and waste days, or you’ll have played one for half and hour and get distracted by something else. Of all the (well, three) puzzles games I’ve played, Zoo Keeper falls into the former camp because of the variety of game modes and it is genuinely good fun and challenging.
Excerpt: A word of warning. If falling blocks keep you awake at night after a prolonged session on Tetris, you might want to steer well clear of Zoo Keeper. A few hours of this maddeningly addictive puzzle game will disrupt your sleep patterns for weeks. You'll toss and turn as dancing hippos cavort across the back of your eyelids and angry pandas fix you with disapproving glares.
Excerpt: This is by far and away the simplest game I’ve seen sold for real money. All of the game’s action consists of doing exactly the same thing, over and over again, yet it’s perfect proof that a simple idea executed competently is far more absorbing than many a modern console epic. The object of Zoo Keeper is child’s play.
Excerpt: The gameplay shouldn't seem new or difficult to you the first time you pick up the game. Merely switch two animals that lie next to each other, vertically or horizontally, to create a row of three of the same animal, causing them to disappear resulting in points and extra playing time.
game fulfills every personal dream of mine, and then some. I’ve always
wished that I could become a professional Zoo Keeper where I can take
care of lions, monkeys, hippos, giraffes, pandas, bunnies, crocodiles
and especially blue elephants. As many of you all know,
Portable Review is obsessed with blue elephants beyond reasons of our
control but our bias will not carry over in this review.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: If you want a Tetris for the new generation, this is where to find it. Zoo Keeper is intuitive, ridiculously addictive, perfectly suited to the DS and, overall, brilliantly entertaining. As the publisher states: "Poking animals has never been this much fun!