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Zoo Keeper by BMan2
Game:Zoo KeeperCompany:Taito
Type:PlatformPlayers:1/2

I stand on the brink of this review with trepidation. Why? Because in recent interviews, TWO major siteops in the emulation world have listed this game, Zookeeper, as one of their ALL time favourite games. Now, following this, would I, being the humble peon I am, agree with their choice? I dunno -- take a look at my first info line from the IRC channel #retrogamers:

[ChannelBot] The president, secretary and treasurer of the anti-Zookeeper fan-club.

Ouch.

Now maybe that's overstating the fact somewhat. After all, info lines are supposed to be nonsensical and witty in soem shape or form -- right? Hopefully so. So is this my be all and end all opinion on Zookeeper? Mostly no - but in a way - yes - and I'll explain why.
The object of Zookeeper is as simple as its title implies. You are a zookeeper - and your objective is to stop animals from escaping from an enclosure. Through the course of this game - you can run "around" these animals - and by doing so - replace a brick wall - to lock them in captivity. All the while however - they eat away at this brick wall - and escape onto your plane. Your form of defense - is a jump - or at certain times - a net which returns them back to their cage. This net comes in very handy for the fact that other than this - there is NO other way of returning freed animals to the brick enclosure - making for some very troubling times when the action gets frantic. Points scoring is acheived by the total number of animals kept in the enclosure at the end of each round - and also by jumping the animals - be it one, two or ten that you jump at a time. Throw into this differing "bonus" rounds (which you MUST complete) -- and Zookeeper presents a fair challenge. More of this anon.
Graphically, Zookeeper isn't much to look at it - with pixelated characters and fairly bland colouring detail on the characters. However, this game is not one that would benefit from super high colour over animated graphics. The graphics perform their purpose quite adequately. Sound is similarly sparse -- blips and blops are all you're gonna get really - but what else were you REALLY expecting? Controls are simple and flow freely - and again - perform their task admirably.
So technically, Zookeeper performs what it is supposed to do. And, it has variety in the gameplay - and is an innovative concept. SOOOOO?? What's keeping me from breaking out and saying this is an all time great in my gaming world?

Zookeeper in my opinion is SOOOOOOOOO frustrating!

Why? Because I CAN"T BEAT the damn thing -- THAT'S why .. and for some reason it shit's me beyond belief that such a simple game can be so damn hard to master - and yet draw me back EVERY TIME. And THAT, ladies, gentlemen and other species - is why Zookeeper has such a love/hate relationship in my mind - and also why it is such a fondly remembered game by many people. Sure - I could just say that the game annoys me .. and therefore it sux0rs. But, in my retrospective opinion, Zookeeper embodies something about retro-gaming that should be valued. A challenge in such a simplistic concept.
Graphics
6
6
Sound
Play Control
7
9
Challenge
Replay Value
9
8
Performance
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