Around six years ago one of my mom’s favorite games, Zookeeper, got a new title called Zookeeper Battle. It was the exact same game, just with a few modifier changes and was now player versus player. These changes, while small, are enough for me to still play. The same is basically true for Disney Tsum Tsum Festival.
Here, instead of playing the long standing mobile game, you play it in a PVP setting. This makes high scores irrelevant, as all you need is enough to beat your opponent. In turn, it gives a rather simple game a lot of longevity.
Being seriously out of practice, the representative had no issue beating me in PVP. I legitimately think she came close to triple my score, which is both impressive for her and depressing I did so bad. It also goes to show strategy and skill are important. However, there was not enough time to study the game to see how level the playing field actually is. Games like Zookeeper Battle has luck based mechanics, so winning increases your chances of losing and vice versa.
While charging $50 for a PVP version of a mobile game isn’t unheard of, there are other mini-games to play. I got to personally experience one where you battled on a top, air hockey and something similar to Pacman. The AI stood out in all these events, as they had no problem out performing both the rep and I, something that suggests we suck, the AI is good or on a high difficulty or all of the above.
It was enough to see the value in the concept and one where I could see this being the definitive version, though their comment on micro transactions scare me. When I asked if this would be any better in regards to micro transactions, as the mobile game wasn’t the best at them, I was flatly told no. What exactly that means is left to be seen but I could see this still being fun for a puzzle game fan or someone looking for some party games to play with friends.