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Board GameZoomates Review

Posted: 6 days ago, last updated 3 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Zoomates is a woodblock puzzle game where you work to keep Tetris-shaped animals happy in particular scenarios. You play by picking a puzzle card then arranging the related animal shapes so they meet all their needs like touching water or not touching each other. It stands out for its character-requirement puzzles that are solved geographically.

It's a tangrams-style puzzle which means arranging shapes so they touch or don't touch in certain ways. The twist here are the rules for each of the animal shapes. You not only need to fit them into the grid shape on the card but make sure they are only overlap regions they are happy with. The Elephant shape can be placed over water, but the Tiger can't. The Elephant can be next to the Tiger, but the Penguin can't be. The Penguin has to be touching some water.

As you work through the puzzles things get increasingly complex. But also, you get to know the different wants and needs of each animal shape. The result is a cleverly balanced game that engages the fingers as well as stretching the brain.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/09/2022

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game and Strategy

Pieces: Cards and Placeables

Developer: Brintown (@Brintown)

 

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DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes 20 minutes to learn. There are some simple rules to learn but this doesn't take long. Before you play the first game it's worth going over:
  • What each animal's requirements are.
  • How neighbouring requirements work - who can be next to who.
  • How habitat requirements work - who needs a certain habitat.

Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round of this game.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to understand the different constraints to placement. Although this is a little complex, the story about the animals being afraid of other creatures or needing certain habitats makes this more approachable for youngsters.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.

CostsCosts

You can download, print and fold a print-and-play PDF version for around $5.

The game is currently available to purchase via the creators Kickstarter.

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Zoomates Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Brintown) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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