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Designed by Doug Levandowski & Matt Gaby, Arcane Zoo is a journaling game where you're running a menagerie of magical creatures to make your mentor happy! Do well and you'll be rewarded! Don't do well and...well...just do well, okay?

In the game, you'll buy creatures, roll to see how entertaining they are, and earn money based on their performances! In addition, you'll have journaling prompts each day based on which of the five motivations your mentor has for the zoo to succeed, from genuine altruism to a desire for profit. After seven days, you'll find out how you did!

It does not include the coloring book, which is for sale separately.

Note: This is an updated version of the game that addresses some concerns about imprisoning creatures with human-level sentience.


Game design: Matt Gaby & Doug Levandowski

Art: Philip Buen

Graphic Design: Matthias Bonnici

Safety Editing: Morgan Nuncio

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(6 total ratings)
GenreRole Playing
Tagsjournal, journaling, Singleplayer, zoo


Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Arcane Zoo Updated.pdf 81 MB


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I am proud to now own this cracking game twice! (Kickstarter and solo not alone) Thank you Doug.

It would be really nice to have full page black and white images of the artwork from the book, the kids would love to colour and add bits to them, to make them their own. Just my thoughts.


Hmmm... They're line drawings, so that should be doable!!

Oh I second this!


I grabbed your game in a bundle and starting to read it, it's really neat! However, I'm not planning on printing the book, which is giving me a problem, because my PDF reader is absolutely chugging when it tries to scroll from page to page. It looks like each fleck of dirt on those (otherwise beautiful) chapter headers is being treated as a seperate image, somehow?

Anyway, what I'm commenting for is: can you create a version with no backgrounds? Or, at least, with plain clean backgrounds so that I can use this game without printing it out?

I'm working on some changes to it, so that's definitely something I can look into when we do that! Two versions are always an option.

I'll definitely post the new version here when it's completed, but it won't be added to the bundle because I don't want to screw anything up there!!

Much appreciated! I'm planning on finishing my first game today. It's fun so far. :)

Hi from France :)

Just to tell this game is very cool.

You can play in a fantasy setting, of course, but it's very easy to play in another one. I played in SF or in  the universe of Metallic Tome or Bones & Basements and it was very cool.

I really liked how what happened on the zoo can have conséquences on a wider world.

Fanx for this game !!

Thanks for the review, Damien!! I really appreciate it!