Zookeeper World

LQ: 9.15


Brain grade: 8.8
Fun score: 9.5

Game Type: , ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used: ,

 iPhone iPad  


Zookeeper World is a match three and management simulation game where the the player is building and running their very own zoo. In order to earn currency to build habitats, facilities, and purchase animals, the player plays a series of match three puzzle games. The objective of each puzzle varies but completing them earns the player currency to continue to expand their zoo. The player also receives currency and charm points from zoo patrons who ask you for specific things within the game.

Someone may ask you to personally name all of your monkeys while another wants you to get a specific animal for your zoo. The player needs to balance these requests while building up their animal exhibits and expanding the zoo facilities. 

The match three puzzles in the game have different objectives for the player to fulfill. The player is matching different animals from the zoo such as monkeys, rabbits, lions, and pandas. On the left hand side of the screen, the player will see what animals they need to make matches for and in what quantity. Because they only have a certain number of moves to accomplish this, the player needs to be strategic about how they approach each puzzle and how they use puzzle combos and bonuses. 

Zookeeper World is available with a subscription to Apple Arcade. It is available now on iOS. 

Zookeeper World helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Planning: Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals. 

When completing the match three puzzles, the player has a set number of moves in which to make all the necessary combinations. If they do not make all of these matches successfully, they will need to repeat the puzzle again. Players who struggle with planning their moves out ahead of time or seeing the larger picture may need to spend a longer amount of time with each puzzle and not rush through. There is no time limit for completing the puzzles, so this game is a great opportunity for the player to practice their planning skills. 

Currency in the game is also limited, meaning that the player needs to plan out what they want to do with their money. Animals need to be purchased, habitats need to be built, and public facilities need to be created. Because the player cannot purchase all of these things at once, they will need to make a plan for what they need to purchase and what will have to wait until more money is available. 

Organization: Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task. 

Players have several tasks they need to accomplish while working at their zoo. They need to build habitats, create public facilities, and listen to the requests of zoo patrons. In order to manage all of this successfully, players need to be organized and know what they are working on at the moment and what they will be working on next. For players who struggle with organization, completing the game tutorials and slowly building up the zoo one exhibit at a time is a great way to practice organizational skills. 

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