Zoo Keeper (video game)
|Designer(s)||Keith Egging, John Morgan, Mark Blazczyk, Rex Battenberg, Tom Fosha, Phil Raba, Rich Pagnusat, Charlie Schultz|
|Mode(s)||Up to 2 players, alternating turns|
|CPU||(2x) M6809E (@ 1.25 MHz) and M68705 (@ 1 MHz)|
|Sound||M6802 (@ 921.6 kHz)|
|Display||Raster, 256 x 240 pixels (Horizontal), 1024 colors|
Zoo Keeper is an arcade game created by Taito America and released in 1982. In the game's storyline, the player's character, named Zeke, is a zookeeper whose girlfriend, Zelda, has been kidnapped by a malicious monkey. To distract Zeke, the monkey has unlocked the cages in the zoo, allowing the animals to escape. The player must control Zeke to run, jump, build walls, and collect bonus items in an effort to recapture and contain the animals before finally rescuing Zelda.
Zoo Keeper has three different types of stages. In the zoo stage, Zeke must run around the edges of the screen to build up the zoo's outer wall and keep the animals from escaping as they try to break through it from inside. Each of these stages is timed, with items appearing periodically that can be picked up for bonus points. One item is always a net; if Zeke picks this up, he can use it for a few seconds to capture animals and put them back in the cage. Multiple nets appear in later zoo stages. When time runs out, the player earns bonus points for every animal that is not outside the wall perimeter. Points are also earned for jumping over animals.
After every second zoo stage, the player enters a stage in which the goal is to maneuver Zeke from the bottom of the screen to a platform at top center, where Zelda is tied to a tree. All platforms except the top one scroll across the screen, some carrying bonus items; the player scores points for moving from one level to another (up or down), grabbing items, and touching Zelda to rescue her. At the same time, a monkey throws down coconuts that bounce among the platforms and must be avoided.
After every platform stage except the first, the player enters a bonus stage with several escalators and a cage in front of each one. Zeke must cross the screen to get to each escalator, jumping over both the animals running toward him and the cage itself. Zelda waits for him at the top of the last escalator; if he reaches her, the player earns an extra life. The first bonus stage has two escalators, the second one has three, and all subsequent bonus stages have four.
A life is lost if Zeke touches an animal without holding a net, is hit by a coconut, or falls off the bottom edge of the screen.
- Zoo Keeper at the Killer List of Videogames
- Zoo Keeper guide at StrategyWiki
- Arcade History: Zoo Keeper
- CoinOp.org: Zoo Keeper
- John Morgan's Story of Zoo Keeper
- Phosphor Dot Fossils: Zoo Keeper
- Pinball Rebel: Zoo Keeper
- Starcade: Zoo Keeper
- The Arcade Flyer Archive entries for Zoo Keeper
- Keeper of the Zoo at the Wayback Machine (archived February 25, 2012)