Smashing Zoo (Mobile)

Here’s a weird freebie mobile game.  Slingshot cartoon animals into pixel sculptures of objects until they disappear.  And that’s all you do!  Use the touch screen to simulate pulling back and aiming your critter, and then let go to send it flying.  If you can shoot off a big chunk of pixels, they’ll disappear and you get extra points in the form of coins.  After you clear one pixel sculpture, which could be anything from a screwdriver, magnet, or a rainbow, you start the process over again.

Each time you clear an object, you’ll earn a star.  Get four stars and you go to a bonus stage where you try to shoot a pixel sculpture as quickly as you can.  If you can clear it, you’ll enter another bonus area where you shoot multiple animal projectiles at once to try and hit as many flying birds in the background as you can for points.  These flying birds also appear in the regular stages.  If you hit one, you can get a power-up like a rapid fire gun or spread shooter.  The coins you earn by clearing stages and chunks of pixels will let you unlock new animals to use as bullets when you have enough coins.  I think each animal has different skills, too.  I noticed the pig left a bigger hole in things, and the rabbit flies faster.  You can spend real money in the shop for items, too.

There is no penalty for shooting too much, and you can’t lose, and you can play as often as you like.  Every so often, you have to view a pop-up ad, which can be annoying.  Otherwise, I guess this is a perfectly serviceable time waster.

Kid Factor:

You use cartoony animals as ammo to knock down pixel objects, and when you hit a bird, they disappear and feathers fly.  But that’s about as violent as it gets.  Reading skill is helpful for the text, but not necessary just to play.  Parental supervision is recommended for the in-game purchases, though.

One Response to “Smashing Zoo (Mobile)”

  1. ” You can spend real money in the shop for items, too.”

    “Parental supervision is recommended for the in-game purchases, though.”

    I do not envy today’s parents …

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