Developer: Gogii Games
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★½☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Offering some familiar and slow-burning city style building action, it’d be easy to dismiss Pet Zoometery. It’s a title that does require some patience, with progress slowed down by waiting for timers to finish and trying to eke out a living rather than succumb to the variety of in-app purchases available. However, it does have a few shining moments up its sleeve that make it stand out from the crowd.

petzoometery6One such thing links into the placement of creatures in this zoo of undead animals. The zoombies, as they’re called, are colorful and sometimes charming creatures representing undead varieties of other much beloved animals. It’s the ideal way to encourage people to visit one’s zombie zoo, but it goes one step further. It’s possible to mutate creatures by crossbreeding them, thereby creating some unique new animals. It’s a fun quirk; the kind that makes Pet Zoometery a little more entertaining than it could have been. Discovering new varieties adds further purpose to playing, even if it can prove expensive.

Another addition is the ability to train the animals to perform tricks. This is done through sweeping gestures with numerous attempts required to succeed. It’s initially quite sweet but the need to give the creature a slap to tell them off for not doing well feels a little harsh.

petzoometery5Elsewhere, Pet Zoometery is mostly about developing one’s zoo. There are quests to follow, offering some structure, but this is more open-ended than other freemium titles. The issue is that it takes a long time to progress particularly far. Money is frequently tight and the timer bar is often quite long, but stick at it and the cute charm of Pet Zoometery comes through.

Destined for the patient gamer, Pet Zoometery is a familiar concept but one that offers enough quirks to make it worth checking out. Just don’t expect to have a booming park quickly!


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