Saturday, September 28, 2013

Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Zookeeper DX

Today's Free App of the Day is ZOOKEEPER DX
Originally $0.99

This was the App of the Day on Nov 28, 2012.

Here is my review at the time:

Note that I think this is a Japanese game that has been translated. At least I hope it is, since some of the English sentences don't read quite right. I decided to look at it again to see if I'd give it a different review.

There are three ways to play:
Normal match 3;
Zookeeper Battle--online battle with global players;
Tokoton--Catch 100 animals and advance to next stage.

The Zookeeper Battle apparently requires a free download of a separate app. You are given a goal for the number of tiles to clear of each type. The goal, which seems to be the same for each type, at least in the lower levels, goes up by one with each level. There is a timer bar at the bottom that increases with each match and goes down as you delay between matches. The board starts to twitch when you are close to running out of time.

Some of the reviews complain about the poor graphics. Actually, the quality of the graphics on my HD8.9 are quite good; but the style is reminiscent of the 8-bit graphics, so it has a very retro look. You can turn of the sounds completely, or adjust the volume of the background music (BGM) or sound effects (SE) individually.

You can pause a game in progress, but if you quit, you start over at level 1, you can't save your progress. To resume a paused game, tap the "pause" button again. The only "power-up" I've encountered so far is a little spinning icon. When you tap on that, all the instances of the tile that is up are cleared.
There is a "How to Play" that says, in total: "Catch more animals than target and beat all stages." I ran out of time on one level (because I was working on this review) and there was a cute graphic of a judge telling the zookeeper "Don't neglect your duty." If you run out of time, you are allowed to Retry, but you start over at level 1. There was another cute little graphic between levels six and seven, so I expect others as I play. 

All in all, I'd give it four stars; the imperfect English and the a bit-too-simple "how to play" keep it from five stars for me.

82 of 124 reviews are four stars and above.

These apps are compatible with the original Fire and with my Fire HD 8.9" 4G. To tell if an app works for your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page.  Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.

Have fun!

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