My daughter has had this game for a couple of years now but has never really played it and always seemed to give up. One day I decided to give it a try to help her and I got hooked, I was playing continuously for about a hour. Therefore this game is definately for the older player.
Zoo keeper is a great game for those that like a puzzle style game and enjoy a challange and getting a high score. It is abit like Tetris, and very similar to Bejewelled. It contains many different cute animals in a grid. They are mainly jumbled up and you have to use the stylus to swap them for the same animal and when you have three same animals touching eachother in a line they disappear and you get points. The longer you don't match the animals gradually you will lose. The higher the level you reach the quicker the time limit for not matching the animals fast enough and you will lose. You get three lives.
The main game and mode is Zoo Keeper where the zoo keeper tells you to capture a certain amount of each animal. The first level there are seven animals to capture and you have to capture three sets of each animal. In order to capture the animals as I explained before you have to use the stylus to swap it around until the same animals are lined up in a row of at least three. One you have successfully captured three sets of each animal then you go on the next level and you capture four sets, and so on until its a higher amount of animals to capture and with each level completed the time inbetween not capturing the animals goes faster and gradually you lose once the line for the time finished. They give you some tools to help you, it is three binoculars and when you are stuck if you press one with a stylus it will show you a move to play. If there is no more available moves the grid jumbles up automatically. Sometimes you get a sqaure that flashes all the animals and if you click it, the animal chosen will all disappear and that will help you get a few sets of captures. The zoo keeper does give you 2 times to continue once you've lost so you have three lives.
The modes are locked until you unlock them when playing the Zoo keeper mode. The second mode is Tokoton 100, in this your task is to capture 100 of each animal. For each mode there is a different music.
The next mode is Quest where the Zoo keeper gives you an ability test and makes it challenging. It will begin with him asking you to capture 20 of one type of animal for example 20 lions. With this you will get 300 points but eachtime you capture a different animal other then the lion your points will go, so it is quite challenging as it is hard not to capture other animals. As the tasks go on it will get more difficult and he will tell you to capture two animals for example giraffes and pandas but to get 15 more then the other, and then next to chain 30 animals and if you get the task right you will get an increase of points and if you fail your points decreases.
The next mode shows a clock and in this mode you have 6 minutes to get as many points as possible. There is a rankng to keep track of high scores and also an option to play 2 player.
It is an addictive game that is interesting and can keep you amused for a long time. It is the kind of game that you will forget about your worries and daily stress as your brain goes totally blank as you concentrate in capturing the animals. It costs roughly £20 depending on where you buy it. It is simple to work out but I feel children under 7 find it hard to understand and also in my experience they are not really into puzzle type of games. So I personally would not gift this game to a young child. The negative side of this game is that it can get repetitive and boring after a while.
Zoo Keeper DS is a Puzzle Game that was released on the Nintendo Ds early 2005, this game is similar to other better known puzzle games such as Puzzle Bobble, Columns, Dr Robotniks Mean Bean Machine in the sense that the aim of the game is to match 3 different 'same' blocks in a row to make them disappear and gain more points. In this case the blocks are in the form of different animals that you would find at the zoo (hence the name) such as lions, monkeys, giraffes or pandas to name a few.
There are four different modes in which you can play this game, they include:
In this mode, a zoo keeper gives you a task to capture a number of animals within a certain time limit, as you advance on you meet harder levels that involve you catching more animals in less time. You remove animals by matching up 3+ blocks in a row of the same kind of animal. I enjoy playing this mode of the game as I always want to better my score and get to a further level than I have before.
In this game you are given an animal at the start of the game and your goal is to catch 100 of this type of animal, this can take quite a while and gets more challenging the more animals you catch, when you have reached 100 of your set animal, you get another animal to start all over again with. I don't really play this mode on the game as much as I find it rather repetive, searching for the same animal over and over, however I can see how it could appeal to puzzle lovers and this is my fiance's 'go to' game mode when he plays.
In this game you are given a number of different achievements that you need to achieve, for examplecapture 15 more giraffes than pandas or capture seven times without chaining or only capture a each animal once. I like this mode on the game as it requires a bit more thinking than the other modes on the game, you have to be careful to achieve the different goals and this can mean sometimes planning ahead.
Like most time attack modes on any game this is simply capturing as many animals as possible against the clock, each session within this mode lasts 6 minutes.
You start off being able to play this game on either easy, medium or hard, however as you get high scores and rank 1st on each scoreboard, you can unlock a super hard mode, this mode is involves you thinking really fast and reacting quickly and is really challenging, this made the game both interesting and frustrating for me.
Multiplayer is available on this game, however I never really played multiplayer on any of the Ds games I played, so I don't really know much about it.
The graphics on this game are what you would expect from the Nintendo ds, they are bright colourful and cartoon styled, but I think that this is what attracts Nintendo fans as games are light hearted and fun to play/look at.
I bought this game in Game (I think) for £25 when it came out, this is a really great price for a DS game as they are normally much more expensive. You can now buy this game in Game, HMV, GameStop, Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys or online, I am sure that these stores also stock the game in around this price. I am sure that you could pick this game up pre-owned in Game or HMV for much cheaper, however it is a really old game, so it should be rather cheap to buy.
I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys Puzzle games such as Tetris, Columns, Puzzle Bobble or any other Puzzle game like these game. It is a good game to sit down and relax with for me, though I am sure it is not for everyone. You could pick Zoo Keeper up rather cheap and if you are looking for something to keep your mind occupied this is a great buy.
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I like games which I can focus on making me forget a busy day at work and this does just that. This game is basically the same as my beloved jewel quest game except its with animals instead.
The aim of the game is to match at least 3 animals vetically or horizontally on a grid unlocking the squares that they are on before the time runs out. Once you have unblocked all the squares you move onto the next level gathering points as you go. You can only swap adjacent squares as you play using your stylus to highlight the ones you want to swap.
The game costs around £15 new but check out the preowned section in the games shops and you may pick up a bargain with the ds cards being like a sd card I always think they are less likely to be damaged than if you were to buy pre owned playstation or xbox game this is just my opinion though and you can still take preowned games back to the shop so I always think its worth a chance to save afew pennys.
This game is highly addictive its simple yet effective just like the jewel quest games or bejewelled you can play online. When playing my mind focuses purely on the game so I find its a good game to help me unwind at the end of the day. It is very easy to play and the age on it is 3 up, my friends 4 year old has played on it and can operate it no problems so the age is about right.
5 stars a puzzle game for all ages.
I got given Zoo Keeper as a present from a friend. Zoo Keeper is a puzzle game which involves blocks and in his case the blocks are square shape images of animals. The different animal blocks come in a variety of: elephant, lion, rabbit, monkey, giraffe, crocodile, panda and hippo.
The aim of the game is to connect 3 or more animal blocks to get rid of them. You do this by swapping blocks. You can only swap a box if it makes a connection. There are several different game modes, whereby there are different targets you have to reach in order to pass to the next level or get the most points. In each game mode you are given some 'help' incase you can not find a connection. You get given new 'help' when you get rid of so many blocks.
This is the standard game mode, whereby you capture (get rid of) the blocks. As you reach the target number of blocks you need to have captured you move up a level. This game mode is timed and your timer refreshes as you get rid of some blocks. The timer goes down faster the higher level you are. This game continues until your timer runs out. This game mode gets really boring as you can reach a really high level and it doesnt seem to get THAT much harder. You have to reach a really high level in order for the game to get interesting, which can take some time.
In this game mode you reach the next level by getting rid of 100 blocks but only of the same animal. This game can get abit frustrating as you want to go up a level but can not make a connection with one animal and can take a while to get to level 2.
This is the hardest game mode in the game, in my opinion. You get set 10 stages and you have to complete the different tasks set in order to move up a level. Some of the tasks include; making a connection with 4 lions in a row, get a total of 30 chains, capture 15 more lions than pandas and capture 20 crocodiles but try not to capture other animals. In this game mode, after each stage you get awarded some points. I find it hard sometimes to finish the quest without running out of time or finishing with a negative score. Try this game mode if you get this game.
In this mode, you have 6 minutes in order to get the highest score. I like this game mode and it certainly does make 6 minutes seem quite fast! Good game mode.
In this mode, as you have probably guessed you play against an opponent via wifi. In this game mode, in order to beat your opponent you must capture the animals and steal your opponent's play time, thus making them lose. The player who sets their opponent's play time to 0 wins the game. There are 3 matches in each 2 player game and the first to 2 win 2 games... wins!
I like this game and often play it. My favourite game modes are Quest and Time Attack as I feel like these game modes are the ones that are most challenging. I feel that normal and Tokoton 100 take a little while before it even gets interesting which is not what I play a game for. I play to have fun, not to be bored for the first 10 minutes before having fun. I would recommend this game if you like puzzle games and cute animals.
This is the one game I have for my Nintendo DS that I always seem to return to! It is hugely addictive, easy to learn and will keep you entertained for hours!
The basic idea is to line up 3 of the same animals in a row by using your stylus on the touch screen to swap two adjacent animals with each other. There are lots of other games like this but zookeeper has the edge with it's bright, cheery zoo characters, catchy (but annoying!) background music and lots of levels so you can keep playing for hours!
A bar at the left of the screen shows your time running down - matching 3 animals increases it again so the more you match the longer you can play! When the time has nearly run out completely all the animals start to tremble which I find really annoying and it makes me lose concentration!!! But you have up to 3 chances to be given a hint - these "refill" if you match a certain number of animals but you can never have more than 3 unused hints.
There is the option to change the difficulty to easy or hard instead of the default normal if you want more or less of a challenge, and there are also different variations of the game if you need a change.
Zookeeper is simple enough for a young child to get the hang of, but challenging enough to entertain "big kids" too!
I find this game the ultimate de-stressor, and I would say that if you only get one game for your DS, get this one!
Zoo Keeper DS is a basic match three style game. You have to switch two adjacent animals to create a group of at least three the same that then disappear. In normal mode creating matches add more time to your ever decreasing time bar.
Hints are given when you click on the binoculars however these are few in number so use them wisely. When there are no moves left the screen clears and all the blocks are replaced and you are given a point boost.
There are several different modes. Tokoton 100 mode has different level up rules. In Time Attack mode you have to get as many points as possible in the allotted time, i recommend playing on super hard mode for this as it doesn't make the game too much harder and you get far more points. In quest mode you must complete a set of ten challenges. For two player mode you need only one game card and there are certain items included that when used will hinder your opponent therefore giving you the upper hand.
Zoo keeper has cute colourful graphics and is a thoroughly enjoyable game. I recommend it to everyone.
Zoo keeper is your General 'tetris' like game that is easily to pick up and play, its simple in that you have to join 3 animals together to make them dissapear while using the point to keep yout life bar up and therefore prevent you losing the game.
The Game is presented in bright colourful graphics and the animal characters are clearly presented, there are several types of challenges you can do but mostly you willbe trying to top you score, do not make the mistake i did and borrow to your friend, i found they had taken me off the top spot and im still trying to work my way back up!
This shows the genius of the game where they have kept it simple and although it starts of easy it becomes very hard once you go up a few levels and you start to hunt vigouresly for the next animals so you can move up a level. combos are achievable on the game but i found that you wont have time to look for them and best to look for the 3 animals.
Get this game if you are facing long trips and need to keep you mind and wits active as this game surly fits this role, ive since borrowed it to my girlfriend and i suspect that i wont be seeing it for sometime, will have to pencil in sometime to get back my top scores is suppose.....
Zoo keeper is the type of game which is simple tp play but addictive at the same time! The game is simple, match up a row of the same animals, which makes it suitable for younger players. Howvere there are sevral different mini-games for a more challenging game, such as a time-limit game and puzzles. I bought this game over a year ago and all my family love it so much they keep 'borrowing' it! this included my 6 year old cousin and my grandmother!
Zoo keeper is easy to play, using the stick to drag the animals into line. The main menu is simple to navigate and there are lots of bright colours, although the graphic arent fantastic, they are presentable! (the elephant looks like a squid, but it doesnt really matter!)
Zoo keeper is great fun to play and is similar to Tetris. The game never seems to get boring even playing the same game over and over. It is great fun to challenge people to beat your top score in the game and can be played for hours on end.
The only down side of the game is the repetetive music in the background.
The game isnt the cheapest but worth the investment as it is a game you will pick up and play over and over again.
If you have already played the puzzle game Bejewelled then you have already played Zoo Keeper. For those who have yet to experience this then the idea is simple but addictive. You have a stack of tiles, you can swap adjacent tiles to try and create a line of three like tiles - the line of three disappear and more come in from the top. Replace the jewels with cute looking animals and the game mechanics are pretty much identical. They have even replicated the subtle hint feature when you are stuck, in Bejewelled a gem which could make a line will twinkle, here a zoo animal twitches. You do get some special tiles which remove all of a specific animal, but the simplicity helps here as the later levels can get quite hectic.
You get a selection of five game modes, 'Normal' where each timed level gets progressively more tricky (more types of animal and higher score threshold), 'Tokoton' where you need to get one hundred triplets of a specific animal to proceed, 'Time Attack' where you try for the highest score in six minutes, a 'Quest' mode where specific tasks need to be completed and finally, a two player head to head mode (which is excellent and only requires one cartridge).
There are no unlockable features - the only thing that keeps you going on this game is the pleasure of playing. And for less than a tenner you get a value for money in that department. The visuals and audio are not stunning, but are a perfect fit for this sort of game. The bold cartoony graphics make finding those three hippos / monkeys / etc that much easier, and the satisfying plinky plonk noise and startled expressions on the cute animals faces add to the fun.
In the long term you'll probably only come back to this for the multiplayer, but for puzzle fans and bejewelledaholics this is a worthwhile purchase. If you would prefer a slightly deeper game then have a look at 'Puzzle Quest - Challenge of the Warlords' which wraps up this game mechanic in an RPG style game.
What an addictive game! I can't stop playing this to try and beat my scores - and now my boyfriend keeps trying to as well!
It's very simple so think all ages could join in with this. You swap animals around to make matches and they disappear. There are different modes; normal, Tokoton, Quest and Time Tests. I have completed all levels so now I just have to beat my scores; I think that is my only criticism, it is easy to reach the last levels so it would have been nice to have more of a challenge.
The Quest type of game is the most random and fun, they give you various challenges such as only eliminate vertical rows or only collect giraffes etc...
Overall a great game to take your mind off life in general and a fun game for all the family. It has been out for a while so quite cheap now as well so worth it I think!
At first glance, Zoo Keeper may appear to be some sort of Zoo Simulation - perhaps another version of the mediocre Zoo Tycoon. Or maybe some sort of platform game, where you play as the Zoo Keeper and endeavor to find the animals that have gone missing from your Zoo.
But it's not. No, Zoo Keeper is a 100% clone of Bejeweled. The main difference? That instead of matching up gems, you match up tiny cartoon animals.
How can this work, you wonder. Well for a start Bejeweled is probably the most successful, popular and generally fun Puzzle game since Tetris, and that's saying something. For a start, the animal-swapping fun REALLY works when you're using the stylus to control it. I actually think that it works better than using the mouse.
The game is full of various modes that add a little bit of variation to the action, and after all, this is Zoo Keeper not Bejeweled, it must differ in more than visual style!! Well, it doesn't really, despite being advertised as having a 'relevant plot', that's quite an overstatement! But it does have some great little modes.
My favourite is the Tokoton 100. Basically, in this mode each type of tile that you match up is counted - e.g. Lions, Pandas, Giraffes, Hippos... and each time you go over a certain number with each one you go up a difficulty level. This mode challenges your pacing skills - you've got to try and focus individually on different animals so that the difficulty level rises as slowly as possible. It's a very interesting twist and I'm not sure I've seen much like it in puzzle games before.
There's also Time Attack, in which you have a certain amount of time to clear as many tiles as possible. This mode really challenges your stylus speed and accuracy, as well as your thinking on-the-fly - the number of times I've played this mode only to get stuck with a load of rubbish combos because I made a bad move!
Quest mode is perhaps less interesting but adds again to the game's longevity, predictably assigning you specific challenges to undertake. It's not necessarily replayable, but it's definitely worth a play-through.
Single-car multiplayer is lots of fun, although nothing incredible. It's the perfect game however for two competitive Bejeweled fans wanting to duke it out head to head!
The only downside here it the music. Fortunately you can switch this off (most of the time I switch the music off on DS games anyway). It's about as advanced as some sort of retro console, and although you might have thought this would add a retro charm, instead it's just really annoying!
Overall, Zoo Keeper is probably the best version of Bejeweled available, and the funky cartoon graphics only add to the game. It's full of great options and although it's not entirely relevant to the Zoo theme, it's still absolutely fantastic!
Released in 2005 by Ignition Entertainment Zoo Keeper is a puzzle game for the Nintendo DS.
The story of the game is that the animals in a zoo were fed up of the zoo owner (curator) and started a riot! To prevent any more animal mayhem you are employed as a Zoo Keeper to keep things in order.
Playing the game
The rules of play are quite simple to learn.
The lower screen displays a grid of icons that represent zoo animals. To catch the animals you must get three or more of the same animal adjacent in a horizontal or vertical row. To achieve this you use the stylus to switch animals that are next to each other. Once three or more animals are in a row then they are caught and vanish off the screen.
When animals are caught and removed from the screen all of the animals above drop into their vacated spaces and further animals are added to the playfield to fill the grid.
The dropping of these animals may make further rows of animals form (called a chain) and these two will vanish from play.
There are five modes of play though all use the same play concept as mentioned.
The first mode is called Zoo Keeper. In this mode you must capture a set amount of each animal to progress to the next level. Each level requires more animals to be caught and gets progressively harder each level. Each level is competed against a timer that counts down on the side of the screen. For each animal you catch the timer is replenished a little. If the timer reaches zero then it's game over.
The upper screen shows little thumbnail pictures of the animals that need to be caught and underneath displays the amount that you have caught. Once you have caught the required amount of an animal its picture is greyed out. This is really handy as a quick glance can indicate which animals are still required to be caught. Occasionally a flashing icon appears on the screen that displays a fast scrolling image of all of the animals. When you tap on this icon it will stop on a random animal and remove that entire animal from the playfield, potentially causing a series of chains.
The beauty and frustration of the game is that sometimes you can't any potential moves to make and start to panic as the timer depletes. Fortunately in these occasions you have a limited amount of "hints" available. The hints are represented by a little pair of spectacles on the right hand side of the screen. Tapping on this will briefly highlight and animals that can be moved to catch others. You only have a limited amount of hints available (2 at the start) though more can be earned as you progress through the levels.
So the game continues in this manner, level after level, until your time runs out. The timer of each level depletes faster and the groups of animals are laid out in increasingly difficult patterns. In fact the time running out is a real panic situation as all of the animals start to throb and vibrate whilst the music plays a klaxon soundtrack!
And that is the games main mode explained!
Of the other modes there is a Tokoton 100 mode where you must catch 100 of a animal to progress to the next level, a quest mode where you are set an increasingly difficult set of task (such as catch X animals), 6 minute mode where you attempt to get a personal best high score within 6 minutes of play and finally 2 player mode where you can compete wirelessly against a friend.
Sound and graphics
The sound is quite limited. The background music in both the menu's and Gameplay is quite repetitive and can become annoying. Fortunately you can turn this down or off in the options menu. The sound of catching animals is a hearty plink sound and chains of animals being caught make a hearty spaceship whiz sound! The only other sound is the well pronounced female vocal sample in the game and pause menus.
Graphically it is very colourful and the sprites are all large and well defined. The animals have a very square and boxlike appearance but are easily identifiable. The menus are bright and vibrant and the font sizes large and clearly displayed.
Zoo Keeper is one of those addictive games that you keep returning to.
The games simplicity is its strongpoint and begs for "just one more go". It's both frustrating and fun to play and has hours of playability. Sometimes you can stare blankly at the screen looking for the illusive animal to catch and despite it being right under your nose you fail to see it until it's too late. It's that frustration that drives you to try again and again and results in a cartridge with great longevity of play.
It seems that all my latest reviews are of simple Nintendo DS games that just work... well Zoo Keeper joins this collection. It fits into the category of 'Simple but mega addictive gameplay'. I purchased this game for £12.99 some time ago on ebay. It is rated 'E' for everyone (import) or for ages 3+ in the UK. It offers a single player mode, or up to two players with single-card play.
Simple graphics are on offer here. The top screen presenting very very childlike animals and scenes, with icons along the bottom that show your total count for each type of animal. Top right is your total score. The bottom touch screen shows you and 8x8 grid of animal icons, all jumbled up. You have to touch two icons (next to each other), they then switch places. The aim is to get three (or more) of the same animal icon to touch. They then disappear and the rest of the icons tumbled down to fill the gaps. If this causes even more matches, they also disappear. This tally is counted in the top screen. The idea is that you have to meet a preset target number to progress onto the next stage. Things get pretty hard, but after about a week of hard playing, I managed to complete it and can now do so in about an hour.
There are also Quest (challenge), time attack (a 6 minute timer to get the highest score, and two player battle modes. The two player is pretty fun, trying to match your animals quicker than your opponent. The great thing is that you only need one copy of the game to play in two player mode.
This is a simple and very addictive game. Both kids and adults alike will enjoy this game... it is very simple to play and is recommended. You can pick it up for around £12 brand new now, so is great value for money.
Zoo keeper is a very simple, basic but adictive game for the ds, we brought our daughter this game for her 5th birthday and she copes very well alone with it although the age for the game is 3 years plus but i think a 3 year old would struggle to do this on there own.
The graphics are basic but it is fun and very adictive, you dont realise when you pick it up and start playing untill you look at the time and you have spent a few hours on it.
the idea of the game is that you have a board with tiles on them of different animals faces, you need to line up 3 or more matching tiles in a row by switching the tiles with the tile next to them, each time you line up 3 or more they disapear, you do this untill either you have cleared the board or have run out of moves then move on to the next level.
you have a favorite animal displayed at the top of the screen, you get more points for lining up tiles of this animal than the others.
you can line up the 3 or more tiles horizontally or vertically but not diagonally.
there are more than one play mode on this game, you have normal as i have explained above and a timed version if you only want a game to last a short while or if you are playing with others with one ds.
this is a good fun game for adults and children to play and it helps with teaching children movement and pairing of objects.
Have only just got this gane for the Nintendo DS, I know I am behind the times, but better late than never! This game appears so simple, that it could be overlooked and then you would be missing an absolute treat. The aim of the game is to get a row of at least 3 matching animals, when a chain of three are created, they disappear and new animals take their place.Each round you need to increase the numbers of each animal that you match as the time ticks away.You use the stylus to move the animals around and it really lends itself to the game. There are different challenges on the opening screen if you don't want to play the game and the speech bubble style statements from the Zoo keeper are hilarious (I guess they are a direct and literal translation from the Japanese version). I have wasted a good hour already this evening playing this game and the time has flown by. It is excellent, frustrating, addictive fun. In fact its sitting looking at me, begging me to play again so I will love you and leave you, I have animals to tame!!!