Simplz: Zoo


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Simplz: Zoo

JohnBSimplz: Zoo combines a match-3 puzzle game with a casual simulation for a new and compelling experience. Now, you may have heard that story before when Floating Kingdoms came along, but this one has a potent blend of the genres that interconnects so thoroughly, everything you do in one directly affects the other. The result is a game that elegantly moves you back and forth while giving you the freedom to customize the experience to your liking.

Simplz: ZooYour grandfather has left you his zoo and wants you to turn it into something special. That's easier said than done, as there's only one exhibit right now, and the rest is empty grass. No matter, you've got the skills and the time to make it happen! To draw in more people, you'll need new attractions and animals. To build those attractions, you need resources. And to earn resources, you play a match-3 game similar to Jewel Quest. Repeat until your zoo is awesome.

After fiddling about with the simulation portion of the game, you can click the "play" button to move on to the match-3 puzzle. Here you earn resources for your zoo by matching tiles: food for your animals, wood and money to build new attractions, and workers to help with the upkeep of it all. Once you complete the level's objectives, you head back to the simulation portion, new materials in hand.

While viewing your zoo, you really only need to worry about a few things. Most importantly, you need to bring in new visitors, and you do that by setting up new attractions and bringing in wild new animals. Pinch and drag to look around the place, and use the mouse [wheel] to zoom in and out. Use the icons at the bottom of the screen to check out things you can build and animals you can order, but most of these will be locked until you have the cash and have met the prerequisites for them.

The matching and simulation parts of the game have more to do with each other than a one-way resource train. New power-ups can be unlocked by adding certain animals to your zoo, and if you create the ape exhibit, for example, banana tiles you match provide three times the amount of food to your zoo. You'll also discover a surprising variety in the matching portion of the game, so much that it could practically stand on its own as a casual download.

Simplz: ZooHere's the best part: Simplz: Zoo never punishes you for experimenting. Don't like where you put the lizard exhibit? You can relocate it. Didn't mean to purchase that shrubbery? Sell it back at precisely the amount you paid for it. Decorating your zoo is as much a part of the game as the simulation and matching parts, and it's surprisingly fun arranging things on this tiny playground.

Analysis: Combining genres is nothing new to the casual world, but combining them in entertaining new ways is quite rare. Simplz: Zoo has found the sweet spot between the matching puzzle and casual simulation genres, connecting the two in a very logical and rewarding manner. Just about everything you do in the match-3 part of the game has an affect on the sim portion, and vice versa. No matter what you do, you're always improving your environment and providing new things for you to explore.

By far the biggest strength of Simplz: Zoo is its ease of use. The game is designed to encourage and entertain you, not provide a rigorous challenge or punish you for making certain decisions. You always have the feeling you're moving forward in this game, and that's something many gamers will greatly appreciate. You can also expect over 10 hours of gameplay, which is considerably more than many games are providing these days.

One area the game doesn't really break new ground in are the visuals. They look nice, of course, and zooming is handled with quite a bit of ease, but the characters are a bit stiff and uninteresting, and the buildings themselves look rather blocky and drab. It takes some of the stuffing out of customizing your zoo, but not enough to siphon any of the fun away.

Simplz: Zoo is the perfect example of how to combine casual gaming genres into a new and compelling experience. Both the match-3 and simulation aspects are well-balanced to provide a game that's not only easy to play, but rewarding no matter what you happen to be doing.

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Well since the codes are all over the internet and the game designer himself doesn't seem to mind...

Here's a collection of secret codes for the game arranged by type and listed alphabetically.

Trophies:

DYLO - Homemade Dylo Doll
AIRPORT MANIA - Stuffed Toy Plane
INTERNATIONAL JETLINER - Airport Mania Statue

Animal Exhibits:

ALORA - Mysterious Mansion
AMAZON - Yeti
IWINBONUSITEM - The Unicorn
REFLEXIVE GAMES ARE BEST - Saber-toothed Tiger
STEAM POWERED - The Woolly Mammoth

Resources:

ATHLETICS - 1000 Zoo Points
GAMEZEBO - 1000 Research
SHAKESPEARE - 1000 Building Material
SUNDOWN - 15 Conservation Points
SWEET THURSDAY - 1000 Money

Decor Items:

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ADOL - 6 Square Topiary Bushes
ASTORIA - 7 Red Flowerbeds
ATHENS - 6 Round Topiary Bushes
BRIE - Water Fountain
CLARK - Lion Statue
COTTONWOOD - 6 Ficus trees
DUBLIN - 7 Blue Flowerbeds
EXCLUSIVE - 10 Trash Bins
GALAPAGOS - Turtle Statue
HOGLE ZOO - 2 Hippo Drinking Fountains
JENNIFER - 6 White Alamo Trees
KAYLEIGH - 7 Yellow Flowerbeds
KOI - Bridge
MONTEREY BAY - 2 Drinking Fountains
NIGHTFLIGHT - 12 Black Street Lamps
PALMYRA - 12 White Street Lamps
PRAIA - 7 Tulip Flowerbeds
REFLEXIVE - 5 street signs
SHADOW - Bear Statue
SWG - 5 you are here signs
TCHAIKOVSKY - 6 Globe Topiary Bushes
ULURU - 6 Palm Trees
UTAH - 10 Park Benches
VAMPIRE SQUID - 6 Ferns

The game designer has stated in another forum there are 40 passwords in the game. Anyone know the two I'm missing??

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I rather not have to download games, but I really want this one.

The review has this game spot-on. It's a very simplistic game and just as forgiving. The only criticism I have so far is the imbalance between money and all the other resources. Then again if coins came as fast as, say, building materials then the game would be over pretty quickly.

That's another point - this is obviously going to be a fairly long playing game. Very nice in what seems to be a trend toward shorter and shorter game times.

I'm excited that there is a SimplZ:Zoo review here! I'm going to download it right now!

This game is crazily addictive. I mean, seriously addictive. One thing though, is that resources are somewhat imbalanced. Early on, I found myself without enough money for purchases. But as the game went on and the income became ridiculously high, suddenly I had money coming out of my ears but nowhere near enough building material.


Hey Fosjam: How'd you get income "ridiculously high"? Do I need to concentrate more on building income generating things?

A complaint I have with this game is the zoom out only goes so far. I'd really like to be able to see an overview of my layout so I can position things better. A more direct overhead view would help too.

A trick to speed up things a bit is to click and hold the mouse button when winnings from the match-3 game is counting down.

This is a VERY casual casual game. But yeah, rather addicting at that.

Yeah, the click to speed up thing is helpful. The game telling you that would have helped.

And to get money, just carry on with the game. Once you start getting zoo points in levels, the gate income is pretty high as your zoo gets more popular. I'm on roughly 900,000 money, couple of things left to buy, yet only 4k wood. And this is just after beating the last level.

That click and hold trick works on the intro screen too. Just at the end of it though.

Last level? What do you mean Fosjam? Will it let you play more match-3 games? If you run out of those the game is pretty much worthless.

Being able to move tiles diagonally is a little strange but makes bigger strings easier to accomplish. Hard to think that way and see 'em when they're there.

Yeah, once you beat the last level it rewinds the level counter somewhere back to 30 or so. This lets you replay levels with all your current upgrades.

Thanks Fosjam

Level 36 is the one you're looking for - if I remember correctly.

It's just two tiles: Money and Building Supplies.

Work only in the larger game section on the left and leave the path squares intact on the right so the game won't stop. You can seriously stock up.

I'm working on the code to unlock the Mysterious Mansion. I thought the code was

m4n510n, the code written on the "ticket" in the requirements area,

but it doesn't work. Entering it again and again annoys the game, though, and that's kinda fun.

SonicLover: Do a google search on secret codes for simplz: Zoo and you'll come up with a dozen or so.

And the code for the mansion is on the games homepage. It's no big secret.

I've seen mentioned there are 40 secret codes for the game.

I have the Yeti but haven't found the code for the saber toothed tiger. :P

Yeah, you get the code in-game when you hit #1. I've beaten all the levels and still no more codes. I tried a little guessing, and only got one more:

Entering "Reflexive" nets you 5 free street signs. Wimpy, eh?

Well since the codes are all over the internet and the game designer himself doesn't seem to mind...

Here's a collection of secret codes for the game arranged by type and listed alphabetically.

Trophies:

DYLO - Homemade Dylo Doll
AIRPORT MANIA - Stuffed Toy Plane
INTERNATIONAL JETLINER - Airport Mania Statue

Animal Exhibits:

ALORA - Mysterious Mansion
AMAZON - Yeti
IWINBONUSITEM - The Unicorn
REFLEXIVE GAMES ARE BEST - Saber-toothed Tiger
STEAM POWERED - The Woolly Mammoth

Resources:

ATHLETICS - 1000 Zoo Points
GAMEZEBO - 1000 Research
SHAKESPEARE - 1000 Building Material
SUNDOWN - 15 Conservation Points
SWEET THURSDAY - 1000 Money

Decor Items:

1673 4539 2601 4670 - Bridge
ADOL - 6 Square Topiary Bushes
ASTORIA - 7 Red Flowerbeds
ATHENS - 6 Round Topiary Bushes
BRIE - Water Fountain
CLARK - Lion Statue
COTTONWOOD - 6 Ficus trees
DUBLIN - 7 Blue Flowerbeds
EXCLUSIVE - 10 Trash Bins
GALAPAGOS - Turtle Statue
HOGLE ZOO - 2 Hippo Drinking Fountains
JENNIFER - 6 White Alamo Trees
KAYLEIGH - 7 Yellow Flowerbeds
KOI - Bridge
MONTEREY BAY - 2 Drinking Fountains
NIGHTFLIGHT - 12 Black Street Lamps
PALMYRA - 12 White Street Lamps
PRAIA - 7 Tulip Flowerbeds
REFLEXIVE - 5 street signs
SHADOW - Bear Statue
SWG - 5 you are here signs
TCHAIKOVSKY - 6 Globe Topiary Bushes
ULURU - 6 Palm Trees
UTAH - 10 Park Benches
VAMPIRE SQUID - 6 Ferns

The game designer has stated in another forum there are 40 passwords in the game. Anyone know the two I'm missing??

I gotta wonder how some of those were found out so soon.

Still, there is one more I can tell you:

CIRCUS PEANUTS - Elephant Statue


Well here we go then, the new and improved edition. All 40 of the secret codes to use in the game arranged by type and listed alphabetically.

Trophies:

DYLO - Homemade Dylo Doll
AIRPORT MANIA - Stuffed Toy Plane
INTERNATIONAL JETLINER - Airport Mania Statue

Animal Exhibits:

ALORA - Mysterious Mansion
AMAZON - Yeti
IWINBONUSITEM - The Unicorn
REFLEXIVE GAMES ARE BEST - Saber-toothed Tiger
STEAM POWERED - The Woolly Mammoth

Resources:

ATHLETICS - 1000 Zoo Points
GAMEZEBO - 1000 Research
SHAKESPEARE - 1000 Building Material
SUNDOWN - 15 Conservation Points
SWEET THURSDAY - 1000 Money

Decor Items:

1673 4539 2601 4670 - Bridge
ADOL - 6 Square Topiary Bushes
ASTORIA - 7 Red Flowerbeds
ATHENS - 6 Round Topiary Bushes
BRIE - Water Fountain
CIRCUS PEANUTS - Elephant Statue
CLARK - Lion Statue
COTTONWOOD - 6 Ficus trees
DUBLIN - 7 Blue Flowerbeds
EXCLUSIVE - 10 Trash Bins
GALAPAGOS - Turtle Statue
GO COUGARS! - 6 Pine Trees
HOGLE ZOO - 2 Hippo Drinking Fountains
JENNIFER - 6 White Alamo Trees
KAYLEIGH - 7 Yellow Flowerbeds
KOI - Bridge
MONTEREY BAY - 2 Drinking Fountains
NIGHTFLIGHT - 12 Black Street Lamps
PALMYRA - 12 White Street Lamps
PRAIA - 7 Tulip Flowerbeds
REFLEXIVE - 5 street signs
SHADOW - Bear Statue
SWG - 5 you are here signs
TCHAIKOVSKY - 6 Globe Topiary Bushes
ULURU - 6 Palm Trees
UTAH - 10 Park Benches
VAMPIRE SQUID - 6 Ferns

can somebody please help .. i'm stucked @ level 36 i dunno how to get the number of personnel required. Thanks!

Aquapet: I don't remember that exact level but I know on some of them you have to make combinations to get special tiles which will in turn give you the resources needed.

Try getting four or five in a row instead of just the normal three, or make cross combos of three across and three down together as a 'T' or an 'L' shape.

i know it sounds silly but i can't get by level 3. please help me.

I have lots of money but need to keep playing over and over to get enough wood to build new things. Can't you use your money to buy resources???

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