Mar 7, 2012
This article is kindly provided by Simon Drew of Best Mobile Contracts
Blast Monkeys by Yobonja demonstrates that a game doesn’t have to make sense to be fun. The game revolves around Moki, a hungry monkey, who can only satisfy his hunger by consuming large quantities of bananas. He does this by being fired from a touch sensitive cannon, bouncing off walls, utilising floating bubbles that just happen to be lurking around and all the while trying to avoid a series of inconveniently placed spiked walls.
The game is essentially a form of pinball; although rather than using a ball you are using a monkey. Consisting of 300 maps split into ten different worlds, with unique puzzles and obstacles in each world, Blast Monkeys offers a lot of gameplay and a great deal of variety for such a simple concept. Blast Monkeys is available to download from the App Store for iPhone or from Android Market.
Each map begins with a rotating cannon which allows you to choose the direction in which to launch Moki the monkey. Tap the cannon and Moki will shoot off in your chosen direction until he reaches your intended target, hits a lethal obstacle or falls to the bottom of the screen, whereupon you will need to start the map again.
On each map there are three bananas to collect and a goal that Moki needs to reach in order to complete the level. You can complete levels without picking up a single banana, but as later levels require a certain number of bananas to be unlocked you will need to collect all three bananas in order to complete each world. Luckily, you are given an unlimited number of attempts at each map – and some maps you will certainly need plenty of attempts.
It is not always a case of getting to grips with the right trajectory of your initial cannon shot, as maps will require you to navigate a series of puzzles and interconnecting bubbles, cannons, wall bounces, and in later levels ice blocks and volcanic jet streams (I said this game doesn’t make much sense). In some cases it can take a few attempts simply because you cannot see the whole map making it not so obvious how the whole system fits together and which path you need to take to complete the map successfully. In other maps, it may be a straightforward affair to collect 2 bananas but you are left scratching your head on how to include the third.
You can bounce Moki off walls, into floating bubbles or into other cannons which will allow you another shot. Later worlds have specific themes, such as the Winter World with its blocks of ice, Factory World with its rotating cog wheels and Volcano world with its, erm, volcanos. Each world possesses its own unique obstacles and challenges ensuring that even though the overall concept remains the same, there is a lot of variety to keep you gripped.
Blast Monkeys is highly addictive thanks to its combination of simple levels and highly frustrating maps that have you almost completing them perfectly before making some fatal mistake at the last minute (such as bursting Moki’s bubble at the wrong moment, or firing him in the slightly wrong direction from a cannon).
Blast Monkeys is fun, addictive and requires a certain amount of puzzle solving. It combines just the right balance between simple gameplay and difficult puzzles to keep you hooked for hours. Because levels are short and sweet you can load up Blast Monkeys for a quick fix while you are waiting for a bus or while on your morning coffee break, and offers enough variety to keep you coming back for more.