Zendoku allows for mathematical trash-talk of the highest order. Eat our logic and taste our deductive reasoning. Howd you like them rational apples? Its as vicious as number grids get.
Its a two player race for Sudoku grid completion and for every 3x3 box, row or column you fill, your opponent is sent a screen-filling stylus-using or mic-blowing distraction - earning you precious extra seconds. Some are easy - tapping away paper tiles - but faced with chiseling away 30 minuscule stone blocks
Like its rainforest-focused sister game, Zenses: Ocean mines an uncommon vein of videogaming: Relaxation. Basically, while most games – even puzzle games – are all about frying your nerves with an ever-increasing pace, pyrotechnic special effects, and an exhausting array of more and more pumped up opponents, Zenses would rather help you chill out and calm down.
Like its ocean-styled sister game, Zenses: Rainforest mines an uncommon vein of videogaming: Relaxation. Basically, while most games – even puzzle games – are all about frying your nerves with an ever-increasing pace, pyrotechnic special effects, and an exhausting array of more and more pumped up opponents, Zenses would rather help you chill out and calm down.
It's so simple. Like most block puzzlers out there your task is to match colours (or in this case coloured animal heads) into horizontal or vertical rows of three or more. You're presented with a grid of jumbled heads to match on the bottom screen and you're able to swap two adjacent heads in order to create your rows. However, you can't just swap any old blocks; you can only swap them if you're going to score from the move. The difficulty (especially later, when the pressure is on) is finding
Produced in association with Australia Zoo – the animalarium owned by the family of late croc-botherer Steve Irwin – this is an Antipodean take on Zoo Keeper. You have to match three or more tiles displaying cartoon renditions of kangaroos, crocodiles, echidnas and other down-under fauna in order to clear a stage and unlock information about 20 animals.
Remember the first Zoo Tycoon DS? If not, you're lucky. It was a watered down, glitchy port job from the PC that felt more like a way to kill a few minutes than an actual zoo management sim. Thankfully, the same isn't true of the sequel. Zoo Tycoon 2 DS is an involving, relaxing park builder that's literally packed with animals, exhibits, and the management options you need to create and run the wildlife destinations of your dreams.Forget the
Electronic Arts recently promised to develop original games rather than churn out more franchise sequels. Zubo, a lightweight RPG adventure with rhythm game elements aimed squarely at a younger audience, is evidence that EA are taking their pledge seriously. So, er, hurray? Well, sort of. Although the game itself holds little appeal to us old gits, it’s often very charming and funny.