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.
Sadly, this isn’t a patch on Zoo Keeper – or most other match-three games, for that matter. Graphics are muddy and indistinct, power-up tiles (including a ‘Crikey!’ one) are too readily available, and even on the hardest difficulty it’s not very challenging. Completing every stage will take just a few hours, and then there’s zero incentive to return. As a cash-in on the Steve Irwin name this is pretty cheap, and as a game it’s very lame.
Feb 27, 2009