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.
Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Zoomates 17 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
- 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.
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 RatingWe rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.
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.