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Rodeo Stampede Review

September 1, 2016 — by Anusha "Trillian" Sinha0

Rodeo Stampede is a great runner and Zoo Tycoon with the aim to tame wild animals with his lasso to build an entire zoo collection.

Rodeo Stampede is a great runner and Zoo Tycoon rolled into one. The aim of this game is to tame wild animals with your lasso so can build your zoo collection. The game has a one touch control but manages to innovate despite the restrictions this places. There is a unique release and hold mechanism which actually feels like the tension one would feel while extending a lasso (with much fewer muscles involved, of course).

There is an incredible variety in the kind of animals available and each animal moves in a distinctive way and you can feel the difference every time. You are supposed to hold onto an animal for a stipulated amount of seconds for it to be tamed. Once it is tamed, you can add the now docile creature to your zoo, which you can spruce up with upgrades for every enclosure. The game is has a delightful, children’s picture book quality to it. The zoo is located on a hovering airship and zoogoers arrive on flying buses. You are launched into a gorge where the stampede takes place from a cannon located on your ship. The soundtrack is cheery and it does not seem like you can ever get frustrated while playing this game.

There are little touches, like the scrapbook you maintain with pictures of the first animal off each species you tamed that really brighten this game up. There is a profusion of both runners and building games, but rarely does one game combine these two in a satisfying manner. Rodeo Stampede is not for you if you want hardcore action or blood and gore. The most you can get in lieu of this is the comedic splat your character makes as she falls off an animal. Also, if you are riding a bigger animal, you can easily throw off the smaller ones. The game feels like it is geared towards children but we are sure you will enjoy it, no matter what your age. Cute animals never get old.

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Anusha "Trillian" Sinha

Anusha Sinha was a harmless little Clefairy before she read Crime and Punishment. Now she thinks she is some sort of extraterrestrial ninja. She is an expert in the arts of mosquito-racquet wielding, being a silent grammar Nazi and karate. She spends her time contemplating the greatness of Miniatur Wunderland and the transient nature of human life, in equal measure.

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