Zoop is a fast-paced puzzle game in which the player eliminates colored shapes that are approaching his alter ego, another colored shape, before they reach the top, somewhat similarly to Tetris.
In order to eliminate the other shapes, you must point your piece at it and 'fire'. If the shape is the same color as your piece, the shape is eliminated, as well as all of the shapes of the same color behind it, until your piece hits a piece of a different color. If the shape is of a different color, or it is hit when collecting a line of similar shapes, your piece exchanges colors with the shape.
Zoop is a fun action puzzler developed by British company Hookstone. One of the better Tetris-inspired games, although doesn't quite have that illusive "just one more round" quality of Tetris. GameSpot's excellent review says it all: "Set in what might be the bottom of Tetris's vertical well, colorful shapes assault your triangular piece from all sides. As you zap them, you assume their color and they assume yours; if they're already your color, they disappear, but if they aren't, they keep coming and... Well, it all sounds very complicated on paper but it's actually quite elegant when it's in motion.
The unique artwork in Zoop adds to the fun. The pastels and rounded shapes of the sprites reminded me of an Eisenhower-era cocktail party or some nouveau-riche box of Lucky Charms, with purple martini glasses, green olives, and orange berets. Backgrounds add to the confusion, with space-age bachelor-pad wallpaper patterns forcing your eyes to move away from the action and causing your blood pressure to skyrocket.
Unfortunately, one big obstacle prevents Zoop from becoming the ultimate Tetris-killer: the game is just too darn hard. It starts off at breakneck speed and never lets up, never giving the player an adequate chance to develop any strategy or interest. It's always over just as you're getting the hang of it. Once you do break through the initial frustration, though, Zoop will gradually become an addiction. So throw on those Martin Denny records, pour yourself a sloe gin fizz, and get yourself hooked on this hip little game, daddy-o. Although, I never found it to be as addicting as games like Tetris, it is still fun for that little break." Recommended, but for expert players only.
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