Zoo Keeper DS


Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
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  1. It’s just not a revolutionary title that will impress you with incredible graphics and fancy features and controls. But how many puzzle games really do that?
  2. 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.
  3. Cheat Code Central
    The Nintendo DS version uses the stylus and touch screen to great affect and even manages to add an entirely new combo system to the mechanics of the game.
  4. 70
    I'm all for easy-to-learn, easy-to-play, hard-to-master puzzle games on the handheld, and Zoo Keeper is a pretty good one. It's a little too random for my tastes to make it a true Nintendo DS classic game, but it's got enough lasting play in its single player modes to recommend.
  5. 70
    It's just what a good puzzler should be: simple and addictive.
  6. There's only two puzzlers on DS to date, and Zoo Keeper trumps "Mr. Driller" with the inclusion of single-cart multiplayer. Worth a pickup, if puzzlers are your thing.
  7. Avery fun game. However, nobody should be playing $40 for it. It’s fun, but nowhere near worth it. Wait for a price drop on this little gem, because it’ll be worth it at half the price.
  8. AceGamez
    It's a shame both the sounds and graphics are limited, as on the whole the gameplay itself is a hell of a lot of fun; incredibly tense, simplistic enough to be picked up quickly but, like all the best puzzlers, incredibly difficult to master.
  9. The touch-screen controls are perfect and two-player action wonderful fun. But often chain reactions come from luck rather than skill and there is a lack of variety in the different play modes.
  10. Game Informer
    A solid imitation of 2001's shareware "Bejeweled" (which is considerably cheaper). [Apr 2005, p.142]
  11. 70
    A fun little game that transfers well to the format of the DS and gives new life and vigour to the genre by way of the touch-screen input.
  12. 70
    The problem with this game is there is not much to it. Your only real goal is to get a high score, which in this day and age is not enough.
  13. The portability, extra modes and various refinements of the DS version make for a much more satisfying game than the Flash effort we're continually referencing, but the DS is already home to a good few equally satisfying puzzlers (including "Mr. Driller" and "Polarium") and we'd seriously suggest looking to them before haggling for a copy of Zoo Keeper.
  14. 60
    You may think of it as a castrated form of Tetris Attack, like I did initially, but the infectious qualities of the game will prove something: even though it's not nearly as timeless as some of your favorite puzzlers, this little animal-themed gem still has merit.
  15. Nintendo Power
    It's a simple idea, but it proves to be a little bit of a trick to jump in and play. [March 2005, p.107]

Awards & Rankings

#35 Most Discussed DS Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. BlueFalcon
    Jan 7, 2007
    This is a puzzle game with lasting appeal. It plays similar to Meteos, but is less flashy and perhaps more challenging to start.
  2. ScottH.
    Dec 28, 2005
    Brilliant best and most addictive game on the ds worth every penny the game bejewled wanted to be!
  3. TonyG.
    Nov 9, 2005
    Great little puzzle game, way more fun than meteos!!!