Zoolicious – strategy game far more challenging than the typical 3 in a row puzzler
Jun 3, 2013 5:30 PM –
Zoolicious is absorbing puzzle game based on a safari food-chain! On first glance, it might look like a themed 3-in-a-row puzzler- the likes of which we’ve seen many, many times before. However, on closer inspection it requires far more concentration and is arguably much more challenging. If you like puzzle games and a challenge… and are perhaps intrigued by the idea of seeing a lion dance in a grass skirt… read on for more…
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Crisp graphics!
- Cool sound!
- Addictive gameplay!
- Nice twist on the genre!
- Different game modes!
- Can feel a little repetitious after a while.
Zoolicious is a smart puzzle game that, on the surface, looks like your typical Bejeweled clone, albeit with a jungle/safari theme. However, it’s cleverer than that. The game deploys a system where tiles-types are linked, meaning you can create much longer strings and earn more points. In a nutshell, animals work along a food chain, lions can eat zebra, hyenas can eat snakes, giraffes can easy leaves… and so on. There’s a set of rules for each animal (see the rules by tapping quickly on one of the tiles) and these dictate whether you can create a high scoring string or not.
For example, you can string some lions together, followed by a zebra, followed by several leaves because lions eat zebra and zebra eat leaves. It gets challenging because you’ll need more than one lion to eat an elephant and more than one hyena to take down a giraffe… and so on. Hyenas and lions can both eat snakes but several snakes can eat either… y’see? It’s starts to get quite cerebral…
There are three modes of play to try out too. Firstly, you have time-attack where you have to create strings to increase your score before the time runs out. Secondly, you have Endless mode which comes without the time restrictions. Finally, ‘The Professor Says’ mode gives you precise instructions to follow; initially simple but then gradually more difficult. It’s refreshing to have differing modes to try. The game feels a bit repetitive after prolonged play and this can keep the game interesting.
The gameplay is wrapped in some excellent music and sound effects, which bring the game to life. Additionally the graphics while cartoony, are neatly animated and fun. The challenging element of gameplay is more than suitable for adults but the theme and nature of the game is also great for kids.
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Zoolicious – Menu
Zoolicious – Instructions
Zoolicious – Follow instructions in ‘The Professor Says’
Zoolicious – Create strings
Zoolicious – Clever gameplay
Zoolicious – Hyenas – Elephant – leaves
Zoolicious – Use animals before they run out
Zoolicious – Level complete
Zoolicious – Animal info
Zoolicious – Tutorial
If you like these kind of puzzle games, I think you’ll really like Zoolicious. Even if you’re jaded by the whole 3-in-a-row genre, this is still different enough to be enjoyable.
Like all of these puzzle games, Zoolicious is compulsive to play and tricky to put down. It’s a great casual game too, so even if you’ve only got a few minutes to spare, it’s a top title to dip into when it’s convenient.
The HD graphics are also blissfully animated and look very sharp. The game is designed around a distinct cartoon theme but it’s full of detail and richness.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The music and sound effects are exemplary. It might not suit all tastes, but it’s of very good quality.
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