Zoo Landing
Gameplay 8
Graphics 9
Sound 7

With its funky pixel art visuals and simple, but addictive gameplay Zoo Landing is a great time killer. The game is simple enough that anyone can pick it up and start playing immediately, but challenging enough that it takes plenty of practice to reach a high score. Best of all, it’s free and the micro-transactions are restricted to removing the adverts or purchasing additional characters.

Gameplay: Simple, fun and quite addictive.

Graphics: Detailed and colorful pixel art visuals.

Sound: Well suited for a mobile title

Summary 8.0 Great
Gameplay 0
Graphics 0
Sound 0
Summary rating from user's marks. You can set own marks for this article - just click on stars above and press "Accept".
Accept
Summary 0.0 Terrible

Zoo Landing

Developer: TinyBytes | Publisher: TinyBytes | Release Date: 2015 | Genre: Arcade | Website: Official Website | Purchase: Google Play / AppStore | Size: 18 MB | Requires: Android 4.1 & Up | Version: 1.01.008 | Price: Free (With Micro-Transactions)

With mobile games become more complex and similar to their console and PC cousins by the day it is nice to still see titles with simple, but addictive arcade roots. Zoo Landing is one of these games and challenges you to help an animal escape the zoo. The only way out is up, so you have to guide your favorite animal up the side of a gigantic skyscraper while dodging projectiles and collecting food. One hit will send your animal tumbling back down to the ground, so a keen eye and quick reflexes are required to continue your ascent.

Zoo Landing is a free download, but you can make a one-time payment to get rid of the adverts that occasional pop-up between tries or appear at the bottom of the screen. The default animal you can control is a crocodile in a bathtub, but you can also shell out some extra cash to fill out the roster. Animals include an elephant, giraffe, penguin, raccoon, rhino, shark and a couple of others, each with their own unique form of transport. Purchasing additional animals is purely optional however and don’t impact the gameplay in any way.

The game uses colorful 2D visuals and the action is viewed from a side-on perspective. The background and tower floors are kept relatively simple, so you can see what is going on even when travelling at high speeds, but it is the projectiles raining down on you that steal the show. It would seem that not all the residents of the skyscraper are very keen on seeing your animal escape, so you have to contend with a never-ending stream of projectiles hurtling down towards you. Everything from shoes and rocks to trash cans, plants, anchors and even cars as well as U.F.Os have to be avoided during your escape. In total there are about fifty different obstacles to contend with and they are all drawn in beautiful, detailed pixel art. You won’t have to squint to make out what is coming at you either as the objects are not confined to realistic proportions and a camera can be just as big as a bus.

Thankfully, not all of the residents are projectile flinging maniacs and some will actually aid you in your escape by sticking their hands out of their windows while holding food or star pickups. The star pickups spawn jumpers, which means if your animal gets hit by an obstacle and starts falling down, you can get a second chance if you manage to guide them towards a jumper. The jumpers break the animals fall and allows them to continue their ascent, so you will only lose some ground and not the entire game.

The controls are as simple as can be and you only have to tap the screen to dodge the falling obstacles. It doesn’t matter where you tap on the screen either, as there are only two sides of the skyscraper to travel along and each tap causes a switch. Obstacles come at you thick and fast, so it is a good thing that the controls are very responsive. The audio is nice and unobtrusive, staying relatively calm during normal play and only becoming a bit more frantic when your animal is falling to their doom.

Because of its simplicity and the ease with which it can be played there is very little to fault about Zoo Landing. It can obviously become a little repetitive after extended plays, but trying to beat your previous distance is addictive enough that you’ll keep coming back for more. Unlike many other mobile titles that rely heavily on power-ups and upgrades to progress, Zoo landing requires pure skill.

Anyone looking for a great looking game that is fun to play in short bursts should definitely give Zoo Landing a shot. Since it is a free download there is nothing to lose by checking it out.

Related posts

ChuChu Rocket

ChuChu Rocket

If you missed out on this game back when it was released on the Sega Dreamcast then you owe it to yourself to check it out on the Gameboy Advance. While it is best suited for play with three other friends there is still plenty of things to keep fans of the single player mode occupied. With thousands of puzzles this is not a game you will finish any time soon. Gameplay: If you are into fast paced puzzle games you will love this one. Graphics: Very basic but then again, it dose not need to be any flashier. Sound: Can become a bit repetitive after a while.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona

For fans of the series that missed this game the first time around, this is a great chance to see where it all started. Newer players might find the game to be a bit dated, but it fits the hand-held perfectly and makes for a very enjoyable experience. It's not without its flaws, however, so be sure you have a lot of patience before you attempt to finish this one. Gameplay: Feels a bit dated compared to modern games, but is still very playable. Graphics: Very nice cut-scenes but the game graphics really show their age. Sound: Revamped audio brings this side of the game up to date.

Yoshi Touch & Go

Yoshi Touch & Go

As launch titles go Yoshi Touch N Go does a good job of showing off the new features that the DS sports but overall it never feels like it is more than two mini-games. It is definitely fun while it lasts but once you've broken the high-scores and played it a few times you'll find how limited it is. Gameplay: Addictive but the novelty wears off very quickly. Graphics: Bright, clear and very colorful. Sound: Some very "tropical" sounding tunes.

Robots

Robots

Even if you are a fan of the movie I would be hard pressed to recommend this game to anyone. This would have felt boring and dated on the Gameboy Advance and it certainly has no place on the Nintendo DS. There are way better offerings than this out there. Gameplay: This is a lazy port of a cheap movie cash-in. Graphics: Barely better than on the Gameboy Advance. Sound: Nothing to write home about.

Retro Atari Classics

Retro Atari Classics

Not a bad bunch of titles, but the "remixed" visuals is a joke and the touch-screen controls are not not all they could have been. If you are a retro fan, chances are you'll have most of these titles already so all in all this is a compilation that can be safely ignored. Gameplay: Some games are more fun than others, but overall the quality is a bit rough. Graphics: Whoever thought that getting graffiti artists to do the "remixed" graphics made a terrible mistake. Sound: Faithful to the originals at least.

WarioWare: Touched!

WarioWare: Touched!

The touch screen controls work perfectly and there are plenty of micro games to play but for WarioWare veterans this game will be over all too soon. There's some great ideas here but even with the tons of extras the longevity suffers a bit. It's still a good game however and perfectly for killing a few spare minutes. Gameplay: Good but don't expect that much variety. Graphics: Not much better than Gameboy Advance but fits the game style. Sound: Some catchy tunes.

2 Comments

  1. cemuslogso June 25, 2015
    Reply

    The simplest games are often the most fun.

  2. anon June 25, 2015
    Reply

    nice

Leave a comment

three × four =