I discovered this game about two or three weeks ago while I was checking the Apps store, hoping to find a good and free app. This was listed under the "New & Featured" or whatever it's called.
Zookeeper Start Screen.
It's called Zookeeper Vs and not Zookeeper Battle like it says. It's by a Japanese company called Kiteretsu. It's the first app that I've used by them.
The instructions are pretty simple, you have to match three of a kind either horizontally or vertically as shown in the picture. Whenever you get a match, either your attack points or defense points will increase depending on the animal. The hippo and the elephants increase your defense and every other animal increases your attack points. Every round, there's going to be a bonus animal that increases both your attack and defense points.
When you first start the game, you can select your username, which will be displayed when you play against other players as long as it's under 12 characters. You also get to choose the animal that you want to use. I chose "Sushiibear," as always and for some messed up reason, I chose the giraffe. I only play on my iPad because I like the bigger screen but I downloaded the app on my iPhone and it doesn't sync my iPhone and iPad together so I can have two accounts if I wanted. I'm stuck for another username for my iPhone but I know that if I do start a game on my phone, I'm going to choose either the crocodile or the lion, way cuter.
After you're done setting yourself game, you select "Battle" or something like that and the app will automatically find you someone to battle with. I think what they started going with the latest update is they pair you up with people who are about the same skill level as you, which makes a lot of sense. Your skill level is indicated by a 4 digit number on the bottom left screen. I think when you first start, it's 1550.0 and it'll increase or decrease depending whether you win or lose. The higher, the better. When I first started, the game was literally released about a day or ago and I was paired against these crazy good Asians (all had Japanese or Chinese characters) and was destroyed. My score was so sad, went down to the 1200s! I even had a 19 losing streak. But I finally either got better or they just paired me up with more even matches and my score's up to 1600 something.
After you're paired with someone, you can choose which greeting you want to give to your challenger (there's 4) or you can wait and it'll automatically give the default one, which is " Hi!" I personally like to select any of the non-default ones since it's always nice to personally greet someone instead of just waiting for the game to continue (even if you're planning to cream the poor sucker). Alas, most people just wait for the game to start and don't bother with the greetings. Once the game starts, you're shown the bonus animal and you have 30 seconds to frantically search for 3 combos of animals.
After 30 seconds, your animals battle and only your attack and defense score is displayed. You don't know what your opponent got. As the battle phase continues, your attack and defense decreases until both parties run out of both. When your defense decreases to 0, you start taking damage. If you survived the first round, the same thing is repeated for the second round, up until someone dies or until the 5th round, where if no one dies, the one with the most health at the end of the 5th round will be declared the winner.
I love this game but there's a few things that really irk me about it. The first is that you have to WAIT for your stupid CP bar to fill up before you can play a round. When you play a round with someone, a piece of your CP bar is depleted and it'll take 6 minutes to refill it again. What's even more annoying is that, even though your actual CP bar has like 6 pieces, you can only fill up 2 by waiting unless you make a purchase at their stupid online store. Another thing is that you can't change your animal after you're selected yours so you better make your animal selection wisely. Don't end up regretting yours like I did.
The next game is one of those games where you breed and collect all the animals/creatures. I'm talking about Tiny Farm! I've heard about this app for a while but never really got around to it until I saw that they started having ALPACAS!
I started playing on Thursday night and honestly, my farm is really sad and pathetic looking but I know that it'll take at least two months because it's starts looking pretty cool and awesome.
I tried to log onto my Tiny Farm just not but there's a connection server. I was going to show my sad little farm but it looks like I won't be able to :( Instead, you'll just have to be content with other people's farms that I found on Google Images.
The goal of the game is to collect all the different types of animals. Even though it's supposed to be a farm, bears and penguins can live harmoniously with your rabbits and zebras...and unicorns.
I'm assuming most of the animals can be bought (at least that's how I got all of my basic ones) and then you breed them. To be able to breed them, both your animals have to have a heart over their heads and they also have to be mature. To get that floating heart, you just need to give them love, which is indicated by the big heart on the top right corner. The higher level you are, the more love you can give. After you give one of your animals love, it takes 8 minutes for it to replenish. For your animal to mature, you just wait. Each animal has a different maturity time so there's not much you can do except wait.
Whenever you breed your animals, there's always a chance that you'll get an upgraded one, meaning one that can be sold for more. For example, when you breed two of your regular sheep, you have a chance of getting a brown sheep, which is more valuable, or another regular sheep.
Once you've obtained all the different types of a certain animal, you receive a prize. Most of the time, the prize is an ugly statue instead of an animal.
You can also grow crops for some extra money and experience points. You might also need to grow certain types of crops as a quest or whatever. It's really easy to grow crops, you just select which type you want to grow and you wait however long it takes for it to grow.
There's a few things that I don't like about Tiny Farm and one of them is there's actually a limit on the number of animals that you can have outside the barn, grazing. I'm at level 10 and I'm only allowed 10 animals, when you have at least 3 of each animal, it adds up pretty fast, especially with the quests to breed this type and that type. But I'm also the hoarding type, I like to have one of each animal. You can put your animal in the barn and store them, but while you do that, they don't level up (the higher level your animal, the more you can sell it for and their babies are worth more).
I also don't like that everything is so expensive, just buying an animal can set you back a couple of hours. This is probably a problem that only happens in the beginning because you're dirt poor when you first start off but still, it makes it hard to get super awesome animals! Last but not least, it's the WAITING!!! Like all app games, they really like to make their players wait forever before they can do anything, which is why I really prefer video games. But since I can't carry my Wii or Playstation around with me, these app games will have to do for the time being.
There you have it, the two apps that I've been constantly checking my phone for! It's really killing me inside that I can't check my Tiny Farm right now because I think my tomatos are ready to be harvested!!! Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!? My username is, once again, Sushiibear on Tiny Farm so come visit me and my animals!