NimbleBit, the developer behind freemium hits like Pocket Trains, Tiny Tower, and Pocket Planes, has teamed up with Milkbag Games' Matt Rix, creator of Trainyard and Owen Goss, who did Landformer and Finger Tied, for an all new animal-based game called Disco Zoo, which is now available for download from the App Store.
In Disco Zoo, players will take on the management of a zoo filled with creatures from the mundane to the fanciful, collecting animals ranging from pigs and sheep to unicorns and gryphons.
Animals are collected via simple matching puzzles, where tiles on a board are flipped to reveal coins, Discobux, or animals. Earning an animal requires matching up between two and five animal tiles and each animal has a different tile configuration on the board that players must discern.
When an animal is successfully uncovered on the board, it can then be added to the zoo, where it earns coins for the player for a set number of minutes before it falls asleep and must be woken up with a tap. The mechanic is similar to the restocking of shops within NimbleBit's Tiny Tower, and each additional animal of the same type added to the zoo will increase earning potential by lengthening the amount of time an animal type is awake.
Coins are then used on expeditions to obtain more animals, and the goal of the game is to continue earning ever more exotic and difficult-to-catch creatures while maintaining the zoo's coin income. Every expedition gives players 10 attempts to recover one or more animals, but players can earn more attempts using Discobux (the premium currency).
Discobux are also used to initiate the disco parties that give the game its name, and during this period, animals generate twice as many coins and stay awake. Discobux can be purchased with real money, but are also earned through gameplay and are not essential to complete the game, making in-app purchases entirely optional.
As with other NimbleBit games, Disco Zoo has a simple pixelated art style and offers other in-game quirks like funny animal phrases, quips from zoo guests, collectible statues, awards to earn, and more.