Parents have almost nothing to worry about. As a puzzle game, Zooo features even less violence than most E-rated games do. There's no nudity or sexual content. However, there is a panda that sometimes says, "Whew! Damn it!" when one's game is over.
Puzzle game fans won't find this game groundbreaking, but it is addictive and fun. It's easy to learn and a challenge to master, as all good puzzle games should be.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers should have no problems playing Zooo. All instructions are in text and there are no significant auditory cues.
Tera Kirk grew up in a small Nebraska town called Papillion. Although she has a nonverbal learning disability
that affects her visual-spatial skills (among other things), she's always loved video games. Her first game system was a Commodore Vic-20, which her mom bought at a garage sale for $20. With this little computer Tera learned to write Mad Libs in BASIC, to play chess and to steal gold from Fort Knox.
But then a friend introduced her to the seedy underworld of the Mario brothers and she spent her saved-up birthday and Christmas money to buy a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Her mom didn't like the Nintendo at first, but The Legend of Zelda
changed her mind. (When Tera got Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
one Christmas, she suspected it was as much for her mother as for her).
Though she graduated from Agnes Scott College
in 2002 and recently learned how to find the movie theater restroom by herself, Tera still loves video games. Far from being a brain-rotting waste of time, they've helped her practice spatial skills and discover new passions. Her love of games like Kid Icarus
and The Battle of Olympus
led to a degree in Classical Languages and Literatures. She thinks games have a place in discussions on disability and other cultural issues, and is excited to work with the like-minded staff at GameCritics.com.
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