Needing something utterly mindless to occupy myself with lately, I’ve delved into Zoo Keeper again — my very first NDS title. Man, I played the shit outta the little bugger back then. At least I totally got my money’s worth out of those overpriced screen protectors, heh. Should never skimp out on protection, right.
Anyway, during my customary 4AM meanderings, I noticed a fourth difficulty level convivially entitled, “Super Hard”, squatting harmlessly in options. “What’s this, what’s this?” I perked up. At first, I thought my sight was probably hindered by my usual galore of rampant idiocy, and that the level had always been there, but apparently it’s an unlockable:
To unlock, score in each game mode:
Zoo keeper: 1200000+ points
Tokoton 100: 1800000+ points
Quest mode: 10000+ points
Time attack: 600000+ points
Not that Zoo Keeper really needed another ‘difficulty’ level — a one-eyed, thumbless chihuahua could probably rock the game, but I thought it was kinda cute that such a doofy little game had a few secrets up its skirt. And like any other decent source of entertainment, it’s always nice to discover something new the second go through. Well, or the kajillionth, in my case.
I do wish there was a greyscale mode like the temporary determent block in multiplayer, though. I had hoped that would be available in the new level, but alas, no dice. Oh well. There’ll always be a orthogonal place in my heart for those adorable squared zoo captives destined to mildly amuse ungrateful, virtual school children the world round until kingdom come. At least they’ll fit perfectly in a pine box. :3
If you wanna try it out or if you’re bored out of your brains at work, there’s a flash version available at Kiteretsu. Or, just revisit Popcap’s Bejeweled, though it’s nowhere as cute, heh.
Also if anyone cares, there’s a Revolution bonus that’ll earn you 1500000 extra points. Just connect three special blocks, and the screen will bleed congratulatory glitter and Ra, Ra, Ra, showing the word, “REVOLUTION”, fit for any five-year-old, Lisa Frank aficionado. I’ve only hit it three times since learning its existence, but I personally enjoyed the sparkling quite a bit. :] TTFN.