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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.9
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.5
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.2
Overall User Score (22 votes) 3.5

Critic Reviews

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JeuxActu (Mar 11, 2005)
Il est frustrant de ne pas entièrement vous faire partager le côté totalement addictif de Zoo Keeper et d’ailleurs, personne ici avant d’avoir essayé le jeu, ne s’attendait à une telle passion. Certes, on pourrait ergoter sur le côté technique un peu désuet du jeu mais cela n’a pas grand intérêt. Le jeu vidéo est, par dessus tout, une question de plaisir. De ce point de vue, Zoo Keeper est le jeu le plus réussi à ce jour sur DS. Qui l’eut cru ?
The Video Game Critic (Nov 19, 2005)
As much as I enjoy this game, there are two obvious issues I need to mention. First of all, the same playful music loops continuously throughout the game, and it will drive you nuts! Second, this is an easy game, so if you're any good at all, a single game can easily run well over a half hour. Still, it's hard to not like Zookeeper - a game that should appeal to both men and women of all ages.
It's not often that a console launches with 3 puzzles games. Zoo Keeper is the first we've looked at and it's well worth the money for it's charm and sheer addictiveness. It shouldn't be forgotten that the game makes very good use of the stylus and touch screen. If you like a game that makes you think and also want a game to show you the delights of using a touch screen then Zoo Keeper is a must.
N-Zone (Mar 30, 2005)
Hinter dem ulkigen Namen verbirgt sich ein witziges Puzzlespiel. Auf einem Spielfeld müssen Tierkarten so sortiert werden, dass immer drei gleiche Karten nebeneinander liegen, dann verschwinden sie. In jedem Level gilt es, eine bestimmte Anzahl an Karten zu eliminieren. Geschickte Kettenreaktionen geben Sonderpunkte. Ein gelungener Puzzlespaß, den ihr auch zu zweit zocken dürft. Das Spiel sieht harmlos aus, entfaltet nach wenigen Minuten aber durchaus ein gewisses Sucht-potenzial. In Deutschland erscheint das Spiel zum DS-Start von Flashpoint.
80 (Apr 17, 2007)
Zoo Keeper ist ein klasse Spiel für zwischendurch, das man immer wieder gerne einschiebt. Da man den Schwierigkeitsgrad manuell einstellen kann, sollte das Spiel auch Einsteigern Spaß bereiten. Am Anfang muss man doch etwas suchen, um seine erste Combo zu meistern, doch nach einiger Zeit findet man blitzschnell die nächsten 3 Tiere und das Spiel wird immer länger gespielt und bereitet einem schlaflose Nächte… aber dazu mehr im Forum. Ich empfehle jedem Freund von Puzzlespielen das Spiel, hier also eine klare Kaufempfehlung meinerseits.
Go Fanboy (Apr 13, 2005)
Undoubtedly though, Zoo Keeper offers up a new and fun game play experience, which is reason alone to laud it. What’s more, that experience is accessible to newcomers and seasoned gamers alike, something that can only be a good thing.
PlayDevil (2005)
"Zoo Keeper" is somehow the next Tetris game. It's a perfect game made for handheld and especially the Nintendo DS with its touch screen. Matching up animals horizontally and vertically is real fun and very addictive. Just like Tetris, Zoo Keeper will offer you suspence to the end and once it's 'game over', you'll want to restart and try again. While the graphics are just in 2 dimensions and music/effects could be better, Zoo Keeper is still the best puzzle game for your DS. As far as I'm concerned, the game will definitely be the 'standard' for the DS just like Tetris was for the GameBoy. A perfect match of entertainment, suspense and perfect use of the DS's touch screen.
80 (Apr 04, 2005)
Still, don't let Zoo Keeper's simplicity fool you. This game, despite its basic presentation and easy-to-grasp concept, is a minor classic. Those who complain that such a basic game can't be worth thirty pounds are missing the point: Zoo Keeper will exert a fearsome grip on your attention and, even played in short bursts, will ultimately rack up a lot more playtime than flashier, more linear titles. In that sense it's worth every penny of the admittedly high asking price. It's perfectly suited to the strengths of the DS, its simplicity has a certain stylish charm, and, yes, it's so addictive it might well keep you awake at night. Of all the DS launch titles, this may well be the one you find yourself coming back to time and again.
Puzzle games generally aren't my cup of tea, which is why it's such a surprise that a game like Zoo Keeper sucked me in so effectively. The simple controls and easy-to-pick-up gameplay kept me coming back for more, and it's what I found so admirable about Zoo Keeper.
Even though all you really do is move tiles on the four basic directions, "Zoo Keeper" remains relentlessly addictive. It's a game that pulls you in for far too long, enough so that when you finally do look up a clock, you'll be shocked as to how much time you just wasted. It's not a game for those who enjoy the mental challenge of something like "Tetris," but a perfect game for someone just looking to relax for a couple of hours. Or days. Make that weeks.
G4 TV: X-Play (Apr 12, 2005)
You may not have ever guessed it, but Zoo Keeper is actually the most addictive DS game yet released. It's no stunner visually and the background music will drive you up the wall, but there's just something about its deceptively simple gameplay and excellent head-to-head mode that will keep you coming back again and again. It's hard to recommend buying at the full $40 price tag, but when you consider you'll get more play out of it than all your other DS games, it's not such a bad deal.
80 (UK) (Mar 11, 2005)
I've played Zoo Keeper more than I've played any other game this year. A lot of that came before I first put fingers to keyboard a month ago, but a lot more has come since, and it slowly changed my mind until I decided enough was enough. Zoo Keeper is deceptive. But the key point for me is that while it won't reveal all of its charms immediately, it has enough of those charms - and enough that you can't get for free - to keep you happy for a very long time. It's not perfect. There are things that could make it better. But it's good enough to warrant a better score than I gave it originally, and it's good enough to be worth buying if you're in need of a puzzle game for your new handheld.
1UP (Jan 19, 2005)
Zoo Keeper is precisely the sort of game the Nintendo DS needs more of. Sure, it's hardly innovative, original or technically amazing -- on the contrary, it's a complete rip-off of the incredibly successful PC puzzler Bejeweled and simply replaces the other game's jewel-themed graphics with cartoon animal shapes. But none of that really matters, because Zoo Keeper a sterling example of how a proven game concept can be improved upon with a thoughtful application of technology.
79 (Feb 15, 2005)
Dass sich Grafik und Sound genretypisch eher auf unterdurchschnittlichem Niveau bewegen, dürfte die DS-Puzzlefront kaum stören. Denn dafür bietet Zoo Keeper einfach zu viel unkomplizierten Spielspaß: Die schnelle Hand-Augen-Koordination über den Stift liefert einen einfachen Einstieg. Auch notorische „Nicht-Spieler“ dürften bis zu einem kaum erträglichen Niveau gepackt werden. Einzig der Multiplayer-Modus sorgt für leichte Falten auf der Stirn: Zwar kann man sich auch mit nur einem Modul spannende Duelle liefern, doch nur ein Modus, bei dem häufig eher der Zufall als wirkliches Geschick über den Sieger zu entscheiden scheint, ist auf Dauer etwas zu wenig. Doch trotz allem kann man den Tierpfleger allen Puzzle-Freunden guten Gewissens ans Herz legen.
GameSpot (Jan 21, 2005)
Zoo Keeper can be hard to put down once you've gotten into it.
Die Steuerung mit dem Touch Screen ist wunderbar, der obere Bildschirm hat außer Punktestandsanzeige aber keinen spielerischen Nutzen. Der Zweispieler-Modus ist eine schöne Idee, jedoch zu sehr von Zufall und Glück abhängig. Nichtsdestotrotz ist Zoo Kepper ein kurzweiliges und einsteigerfreundliches Spielchen, das es in einer etwas abgespeckten (und schwereren) Version auch im Internet ( zu spielen gibt.
Game Chronicles (Jan 28, 2005)
Zoo Keeper is one of those games that is simple to pick-up and impossible to put down. It will delight gamers of all ages and the more you play the better you get. It promotes observation, color and pattern recognition skills, but the random nature of the game boards is more about reflexes than problem solving. You really can’t plan more than two or three cascades down the line. You can probably buy a similar version of this game for your cell phone for a fraction of the cost of this game and you can probably find something for free on your PC, but if you are looking for a totally engrossing puzzle game to occupy countless hours of your free time then take a trip to the zoo and rescue some animals on your DS.
70 (Oct 24, 2005)
Zoo Keeper is a good buy if you can find it at a bargain price, but otherwise there’s just not enough game to keep you entertained for more than a short amount of time. However, if that’s all you’re looking for, Zoo Keeper definitely has its charm and would make a good addition to any puzzle fans collection.
Gamezine (Jun 08, 2005)
Zoo Keeper a souffert de sa version flash. C’est pourtant un puzzle-game très prenant et offrant des challenges différents. Pour ceux qui, comme moi, aiment se prendre la tête à enfiler des briques, exploser des bulles, etc…, procurez-vous le d’urgence car vous ne voudrez plus le lâcher ensuite. Les autres, passez votre chemin…
70 (Mar 15, 2005)
Zoo Keeper a déjà séduit pas mal de travailleurs qui lui sacrifient des heures de leur labeur quotidien (mais pas moi patron je le jure). Aujourd'hui ils pourront poursuivre leur vice n'importe où. Certes il est addicitif ce Zoo Keeper, la preuve, même moi qui suis allergique à ce genre de trucs j'ai fini par me laisser prendre à ce stupide puzzle-game. Cependant ce n'est pas non plus le nouveau Tetris Killer, alors à vous de voir si c'est le jeu DS du moment sur lequel vous avez envie de passer 40 euros. Et pour le savoir, il vous suffit de l'essayer dans sa version flash gratuite. Même si elle est moins jolie et un peu plus lente, vous aurez un bon aperçu de la bête.
Press Start Online (Jul 20, 2005)
But it's the pure and simple joy of the single-player mode that'll keep you playing - the unalloyed delight of swapping animals around and the basic yet cute and charming graphics will keep you coming back for more. And, like the aforementioned narcotically-enhanced potato snack, once you swap - you can't stop!
GameSpy (Jan 26, 2005)
If you felt that Mr. Driller: Drill Spirits was too action-oriented for a puzzle game, you can rest easy now that Zoo Keeper is on the scene. It's the first "real" puzzle game for the DS, and it's just what a good puzzler should be: simple and addictive.
IGN (Jan 21, 2005)
Zoo Keeper is clearly one of those games Nintendo's aiming its dual-screen, touch-screen system. This game is made for the bazillion of non-gamer gamers who want something simple to pick up that's hard to put down, and in this case Zoo Keeper works well at the job. This design isn't all that "new" or "original," but it's at least addictive and fun that pushes the Nintendo DS unique hardware features. But the pricetag (40 bucks) is far, far too high for a game that can be played pretty much for free in an online web version, or purchased for a couple of bills on nearly any cellphone out on the market.
Though this review may sound pretty negative about the whole “rip-off” thing, one thing should be made clear. Zoo Keeper is one of my personal favorite portable games. I personally have gotten so much use out of this title that it’s been more than worth the price of admission. In short, if you like Bejeweled but want it on the go, (short of buying a PDA, of course) then Zoo Keeper will be your new best friend.
Factornews (Mar 21, 2005)
Zoo Keeper n’est pas un mauvais jeu, loin de là. Le gameplay vraiment attractif ne vient pas totalement rattraper les lacunes techniques et artistiques loin de ce que l’on est en droit d’attendre sur Nintendo DS. A bas prix, cela aurait pu passer, mais pas à 40 euros. Zoo Keeper reste toutefois une bonne acquisition à faire d’occasion, car il y a quand même des pandas.

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