The Emperor's Zoo

a Puzzle / Games by Ogre11

Commended by BerkaZerka on 9/21/2019 9:10:21 AM

Player Rating5.49/8

"#237 overall, #18 for 2017"
based on 57 ratings since 12/31/2017
played 1,299 times (finished 75)

Story Difficulty5/8

"run through the jungle"

Play Length4/8

"A well spent lunch break"

Maturity Level3/8

"must be at least this tall to play"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 10. If this were a movie, it would probably be between G and PG.
The emperor sends you to a faraway land to capture exotic beasts for his zoo. But a spreading plague, a witch-doctor, and a brewing feud between local tribes presents . . . difficulties.

This is a contest entry for Bucky's December 2017 contest

This ended up being more of a puzzle game than a story. It still has a good story, I think, so I do hope you enjoy it. It will take a little time, there's not a short way through this one!

Player Comments

This was great! I stared off thinking this was rather linear, but I liked the level of revisiting places and interacting with your inventory. I also got stuck for ages working out how to communicate with the witch doctors, but all the clues are there, you just have to pay attention and read properly! Thanks very much!
-- Judith Manington on 10/25/2020 4:29:01 AM with a score of 0
So I like the wacky tone of this game. It's set in some kind of a fantasy world but it's got surfer dudes and teens drinking soda water. I tried to find animals in the mountains but only seemed to get myself killed by falling to my death from a cliff. Maybe I should have just done the petting zoo job?
I like that you have different options and don't have to just limit yourself to finding rare animals, although that's still my goal next time I play this.
Goofy, goofy fun.
-- WeRNestor on 10/23/2020 4:40:27 PM with a score of 0
While kind of simple, I really enjoyed this. It provides a clear mission but has several challenges in the way.
-- CancerTheCrab on 10/8/2020 10:17:25 AM with a score of 0
This was really hard, but with some help, I completed it!
-- BrainstormGirl101 on 5/9/2019 9:56:38 AM with a score of 0
I finally figured it out. Yay!
-- Faervel on 2/6/2019 4:19:32 PM with a score of 0
I’m rating this 4/8- slightly more fun than homework- because that’s essentially what this game is. This “puzzle” in particular are not only poorly worded but also strongly resemble a math word problem. I recognize that the story is well-written, but it really wasn’t engaging enough to put me through the effort of figuring out the final witch-doctor puzzle.
-- Victim on 1/19/2018 3:55:14 PM with a score of 0
Okay, I'll admit, this one had me stumped for a bit, but that just made me feel better when I actually made it through.

I like that you let people get off track and don't just immediately stop with a single choice and an 'ooops you lose' ending. You indulge us with our need to go against the grain, though you don't let us get too far with it.

The writing itself was cute and clever. The descriptions were full enough without going over board, and I found the game rather well paced. However, it lacks depth and most choices are really illusions since it seems (and I could have missed something) that there's really only one route to victory.

All in all, it was enjoyable.
-- Mynoris on 1/14/2018 11:40:58 PM with a score of 0
Yay! I did it!

I was stuck FOREVER on trying to communicate with the witch doctor. The only reason I don't feel bad is because so was everyone else I talked to lol.

I'm always a fan of these IF style games and this one had a pretty large map to explore. I did sort of expect the puzzles to focus more on capturing the animal itself however. Once I finally figured out how to get past the witch doctor I went and got the healing water and the game was as good as over. With any other entry I'd expect meeting Nessie to be the point you ran out of time, but then again you did publish a full week before the deadline...
-- mizal on 1/12/2018 8:31:10 PM with a score of 0
This was a really amazing story!
-- MusicalNerd7 on 1/4/2018 12:23:29 PM with a score of 0
All in all, this is a very enjoyable game, although you're right that it essentially became a puzzle game. There was definitely some thinking involved, especially with the feuding tribesmen's problem. There are a couple link issues, such as the shop selling you water again if you try to buy food after you've used the first one, but none of them are game-breakers. I really like that besides quitting or dying, there are also endings you can achieve by pursuing one of the other careers. Since the game turned out to be a puzzle game, it's fairly linear other than those two alternate endings, but it's still fun and very well written. I hope you might consider making a sequel to this one day, without the time constraint of a contest, and expand with your initial thoughts of a branching story with different possible animals you could end up bringing back based on your choices. But I applaud the work you did for this one and enjoyed it very much. 6/8
-- Glandros on 1/3/2018 8:39:46 PM with a score of 0
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