Cute animal-based platformers used to be ten-a-penny in the olden days, but with the advent of more powerful consoles the genre has noticeably diminished. Thankfully the portable nature of the DSi combined with the console's download service means fans of big-eyed animals collecting things can still be entertained, with Zoonies – Escape from Makatu the newest title promising to thrill gamers.

Far from being a traditional affair, Zoonies' big twist is that rather than controlling your hero Leo directly, you use the stylus to move obstacles to keep the maned one out of trouble. Promising intricate puzzles and dangerous traps, it certainly sounds promising, and we'll keep you up to date with more information as it arrives.

Zoonies – Escape from Makatu’ – New Nintendo DSiWare™ game from Kiloo Games

Kiloo Games is proud to announce the release of the Nintendo DSiWare game: Zoonies – Escape from Makatu. It is a unique physics-based puzzle-platformer, where the player controls all the action with just the touch of the stylus.

Leo the lion crashes his plane deep within the dark jungle. He escapes in his parachute, but soon after landing he is hunted by a tribe of vicious Tubas, the native warrior tribe. Their dreaded leader Makatu wants to capture Leo - and only you can prevent this!

In Zoonies, Leo runs from Makatu and the Tubas as fast as he can. However, instead of controlling Leo (as in traditional platformers), you control the action around him. You have to keep Leo safe and clear the path in front of him.

The player beats enemies, solves intricate puzzles and avoids dangerous traps on his way through the jungle. Zoonies is a thrilling game for all audiences with plenty of innovative gameplay challenges. The game features creative physics, 3D real-time graphics, 4 different worlds, 20 levels, multiple paths and lots of replay value.

Zoonies is heading for an early 2011 release.