Super Exploding Zoo! Review (PS4)

Super Exploding Zoo

I added this game into my library a long time ago when it was free thanks to PS+. With the problem of not having enough space on my system, I never added it onto my system since I didn’t know when I was going to play it until I purchased my 8TB external storage device. Even though it was on my system, I didn’t play it until just recently and the only reason I played it was because I needed something quick to play while I was busy editing and saving my MegaCon panel videos. Always a great reason to game, because you’re waiting for something else to finish so that you can do something else. Anyway, keep reading to see what I thought about this game.

In Super Exploding Zoo! you’ll play as various different zoo animals and it’ll be your job to protect the little zoo egg that didn’t hatch yet from Aliens that have invaded the zoo. A puzzle based game at heart, there are 80 different levels for you to play through along with a VS mode where you can test your skill against other players. Will you be able to beat each puzzle and save the little baby zoo animals or will the aliens win?

I would really like to say that I enjoyed this game and had a fun time playing, but I really didn’t. It wasn’t even the fact that I was doing something else in the middle of playing this game, it was just that fact that this game really wasn’t that great. There’s a brief little story that introduces the game and that’s about it. There’s nothing but wanting to defeat each puzzle that will keep you coming back. All you have to do with this game is solve 80 different puzzles and that’s basically it. There’s nothing grand about it or even all that interesting as you play through 80 levels which by the end kind of blend together.

The playability of this game isn’t bad, but it takes some time to get used to. As the levels progress so does the amount of things you can do until you’re tearing your hair out trying to keep track of what all of the zoo animals do. Most of them have special abilities and you have to use them in order to beat each level. This gets annoying at times and sometimes you can complete a level how the game wants you to and still end up dying. It’s weird. There was also a game crash, which was not good as it erased some of my most frequent data and I had to re-do a few levels. Overall it wasn’t really worth the hassle of trying to learn the controls and then learning what each animal did.

The graphics for this game were decent. They weren’t the best, but they weren’t horrible either. The animals had a lot of detail in them as well as the surroundings. The aliens were creative, but overall the graphics just felt a little flat. It’s a small budget game and it kind of shows. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing because the graphics work for the game, but just don’t have high expectations for this game graphic wise.

Finish this game and do everything the game has to offer in order to get yourself 19 trophies including a platinum trophy as well. Not bad right? It depends. Some of the trophies are just a pain in the ass to get while others you’ll get randomly throughout the game. Then there are of course multiplayer trophies because there is a VS mode. More to come on those in a minute, but overall it’s not a hard game to play, it does require a little bit of grinding so if you’re in it for the trophies just be aware of that.

Of course this game had to have multiplayer because who doesn’t want to face off against another team of zoo animals and just blow each other up. Me. I don’t’ want to do that. Ever again. Anyway, the game VS mode is simple and it’s basically the person with the most zoo animals usually wins. The only problem is that the servers for this game is dead and you can’t even play the multiplayer using SharePlay because I tried. I was lucky enough to find someone to play with and make a new friend in the process who needed to boost the online trophies. If you’re playing this game and you’re not so lucky, use PSNProfiles.com to setup a gaming session. Beware though because a lot of the VS trophies are glitched and you’ll have to do them more than once.

Overall I give this game a 1 out of 5.

What’s Great:

+ There are a lot of puzzles for you to figure out and if you’re into that type of game you’ll enjoy it.

What’s Not So Great:

There really is no story and it’s a bare bones type of games. Aliens invaded the zoo, save the baby animals.
The game soon becomes boring as the puzzles begin to blend into one another and feel like the same puzzle over and over again.
There are too many things to learn. This animal does this, this animal does that, use this to move each individual animal. I don’t mind learning new ways to play a game, but for a small game like this, there’s just too much.
The servers are completely dead so good luck trying to get the multiplayer trophies without boosting or even setting up a gaming session.

Even if you downloaded this game for free, I hope you didn’t pay for it, I would say that it’s not even worth it. Yes it’s a pretty easy platinum trophy as long as you don’t mind grinding a few of the trophies here and there, but seriously it’s not worth it. There are other puzzle games out there that are more fun and addictive than this game and you should probably play those instead.

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