This is a first impressions after 30 minutes of gameplay
I'm a big fan of explosions and destruction, so when I stumbled across Zoo Rampage on Greenlight it instantly caught my attention. A game that lets you run rampant as different animals, destroying buildings and killing your captors, the concept really intrigued me.
Zoo rampage is a simple game in an over-head perspective where you must choose between 5 stages (not counting the 'bonus' ones) each with their own set of animals. You then run your way through buildings, trees, people and other obstacles trying to score as many points as possible. The game features a great soundtrack and the screams of agony as I ran people over as an elephant to the Rock/Metal songs really put a smile on my face.
The game is graphically unimpressive, but a game like this really doesn't need high graphical fidelity to be enjoyable. I came across a few issues with the human AI, where they sometimes would run in place, which however amusing it may be, was probably not what the developer intended. The game also locked up a few times, forcing me to exit it via the task manager.
By far the biggest flaw with the game is it's length. After playing for 30 minutes I can safely say that I've seen most of which the game has to offer. The game rewards you with achievements for getting high scores and playing as every animal, but that probably won't keep people playing this game for very long. The only other thing that would give the game a bit of replay value is the couch co-op for up to 4 people, which is definitely a great addition. I sincerely hope that the Developer will consider adding more stages in the future. Overall, Zoo Rampage may seem like a mediocre game, but there's just something incredibly amusing about running into cars as a Giraffe and watching them explode. Is it worth the asking price of 9,99 Euros? Absolutely not. But if you can ever get it as part of a bundle, or for 2 Euros or less, I highly recommend this game.