iZoo is played like Bejeweled (I LOVE Bejeweled)…only with little zoo animal icons instead of jewels. When the app opens, there is a pop-up menu giving you the option to Donate Now or Donate Later. Once you have made your selection you will be brought to a blank play screen, to start a new game just tap Start in the upper left corner. The point of the game is to get at least three of the same animals in a row, either horizontally or vertically. You can only move one animal in order to make the three or more in a row. So, there already has to be two matching animals lined up in a way that you only need to add one more to make a row of three. To move an animal just tap and hold it and then drag it where you would like it. When you get three in a row…they will disappear and more animals will drop down into the places they disappeared from. Randomly you will get a little animal that looks like it is going crazy…really, it is flashing through all of the different animal icons…just tap it to make it stop and whatever animal icon it stops on…all the corresponding animals on the board will disappear.
You will also notice a purple bar moving along the top…that is a timer. If you get a “match” of three or more…it will give you more time…as you try to find your next move the time will continue to move down. When the time starts to get really low…all the animals will start wiggling…which only makes things worse when you already know the time is almost up and you are frantically searching for a move. It also keeps track of your points, in purple, at the top of the screen. Every time you get a match of three it adds 30 points to your score…if you get a match of four it will add 90 points to your score. You can tell how many matches you need in order to move on to the next level by the little animal icons next to the timer. Each animal has a number above it…that is how many more individual animals you need to make disappear before you can move on to the next level. In the first level you have to make 6 of each animal disappear (a match of three, counts as three…a match of four, counts as four). From there is goes up by three each level…level two you have to make nine of each animal disappear, level 3 twelve of each animal, level 4 fifteen of each animal and so on. When you win…you will get a image saying what level you are moving to and then it will load a new game. If you run out of time…you will get a image saying Game Over, if there are no more moves…you will get a image saying No More Moves Available – Refreshing. I love this game…I’m sooo glad it is finally on the iPhone…I used to have to play the web app version of Bejeweled and that is just not as cool!! iZoo is available in the Installer.app through the iPod Touch Fans source. Below are the screenshots: