Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari, mostly known as Rodeo Stampede, is a mobile only casual game released on the 22nd of June 2016, developed by Yodo1 Games and indie developers Featherweight Games. It was shortlisted in Apple and Google Play's top 10 games of 2016 receiving critical acclaim for its casual, easy style and addictive, multi-tiered gameplay. It has since been ported for laptop via BlueStacks.
Rodeo Stampede is an endless runner, however, unlike most endless runners, distance (high scores) is not the main objective. Rodeo Stampede implements a collection system in which the player is highly encouraged to work their way through the game to tame animal after animal, storing them in their quirky Sky Zoo, and later, for some animals, Space Zoo. Later, the player can collect baby animals too, which give small, yet noticeable bonuses to gameplay.
Overall, the concept of Rodeo Stampede is very simple. The player is given many different options of animals to ride per zone, with each zone having a theme which the animals are based on. Each animal that is present on the screen at any given moment can be lassoed and ridden for a certain amount of time, before it becomes 'angry'. When angry, animals behave in ways which are more difficult to control, giving a challenging aspect to the game.
Players can also complete missions, which, when completed, unlock different things that can only be unlocked from completing missions in the Sky Zoo and Space Zoo.
In the zoos, the player can upgrade habitats to collect more animals or to upgrade their animals' abilities. More information can be seen here.
Each zone has its own music, with the exception of Mountains and Tundra, which share the exact same track. Music in all zones is appropriately themed and contributes greatly to the different atmospheres of each zone and the overall quirkiness of the game itself.
Each animal, when ridden, has its own sound effect too, all of which sounding very realistic and highly plausible. The zebra sound is one that people wouldn’t hear everyday, however, Rodeo Stampede gives the player a believable representation of what a real life zebra would sound like.
Rodeo Stampede's art for each model is called T.O.F.U and designed by Dan Graf. It consists of a blocky, almost Minecraft like style while moving very smoothly, with exaggerated proportions of animals and large, blocky eyes on most animals.
Events in Rodeo Stampede usually consist of earning a limited time currency to purchase limited content in the limited shop. If the player misses out on an item, they can obtain it in the following year's event, or the following anniversary event, which runs identically to other events.
Rodeo Stampede - Sky Zoo Safari received "generally favorable" reviews on Metacritic holding a metascore of 86/100 on iOS.