I sit here and try to figure out what it is about this game. It strives neither in the graphical or gameplay/polish aspect, but it has this fun factor that although I didn’t find lasting, the initial surge of fun I had was so overwhealming I just couldn’t stop laughing. Here’s the video:
What this game is to each individual person is what makes it worth something. To me it’s not a game that I can sit down with and play like any other game, but it was a game that I played for a good 30 minutes and could not stop laughing. It was such an enjoyable experience that I wont forget it. The zany idea of humans turning into animals to race in some abstract areas doing the most abstract and unexpected things. I have not played a game like this ever. A game which could crack me up this much in such a unique and new way.
Zoo Race is great, you continually run into new and exciting things, Randall’s efforts into making the player constantly see new things throughout the game shows, as it’s a racing game the experience doesn’t last long, but the effort put into it shows and the experience I had with the game I enjoyed.
To others Zoo Race doesn’t quite do the same as I’m sure you can see from the negative responses in that video, it’s nothing new to the internet world that people lack the articulate words to express what they say in an intelligent and meaningful manner, and it always makes me question the state of humanity when I see such degrading unconstructive criticisms being thrown around. Especially to a good friend Randall of mine who one day, decided he wanted a hobby, put everything into making it come true, then when he releases it to the world gets hit with this junk. If people were truly assertive and confident in what they believed they would maturely challenge what someone else believes, not degrade the person or use foul language.
Randall put alot of work into this. He had limited resources, skills and experience yet dedicated and committed himself to a project for two years to complete this, a feat very rarely seen by any developer. It’s hard enough to dedicate yourself to a project, but having no resources and no hope of recovering what you put into a project. That is what true committment is and it takes the right person to do such a marvel. As a developer I empathise with such struggle. Rebel Planet is an indie company and to this point in time we have lacked resources, we aren’t getting paid for what we’re doing. The main reason we’re able to bring our next game to distribution is because of myself and Peter’s endless pouring into this venture. It’s a part of our lives outside our day jobs and we have to constantly give to make this work.
So what does it take to get youtube fame? Not a grand fantastic game but something controversial or entertaining enough to get people talking about it and watching it. Zoo Race being an entertainment product does what it does best, entertain. Without wanting to sound like a broken record, someone who watches the video, plays the demo but doesn’t do more than that isn’t doing much, Randall really needs your support if you desire to give it, and I know that there are some few individuals willing to really give it, but most people don’t (as is life). I encourage you to, please buy it: