Monkey Mofo is a retro styled game with challenging and sometimes frustrating puzzles. Monkeys have to be guided, they aren't that smart in a game.
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Lucky Red Fish, who worked on titles such as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles and Apocalypse, is the team behind Monkey Mofo. With more than 35 years of experience, developers knew how to make it fun and annoying at the same time. Believe me, you will want to scream at the animal when it misses a fruit. Well it will be your fault actually, as they only follow your guidelines.
The game starts fairly easy with four tutorial levels teaching you how to guide this rather dumb animal to collect fruit before it reaches the exit. As dumb as monkey might be, it is you who has to use the brain and guide it to victory.
Each new world introduces new game mechanics, including new items, power ups and before you know it there are enemies trying to get the monkey. Avoiding evil humans isn't easy, you will need a good strategy to survive. You can draw arrows to make enemies walk in the opposite direction, just be careful so your monkey does not collide with them.
First few levels are simple, but I am sure this is just a conspiracy to get players addicted before throwing them into a more challenging worlds. Soon after you have completed the tutorial, the puzzles can get rather annoying. Having two exits, for example, can be difficult to manage. Your monkey follows the arrows you draw on a tiles. The number is limited and placing an arrow in the wrong place will get monkey to miss a fruit or reach an exit too soon.
Life is a precious thing, you will have to plan the moves thoroughly to be able to save your monkeys. Monkey means life after all. Lost monkeys can be brought back with coins, and those have to be collected of course. So now we have fruit and coins scattered around the level. Although at this point, I have already evolved an addiction and determination to complete the level.
There are 186 levels in total, split over 18 colourful worlds of floating tiles. Most tiles are connected, though some have to be connected with power ups you have gathered. One cool power up is an extra arrow which is really helpful in later levels. With a specified amount of those you will find yourself puzzled, thinking where to go next.
Luckily, controls are simple. Left click to draw arrows, then if you want to remove them click again. You have to be fast though, otherwise your dumb character will go straight to the exit and you will lose a life. The point is to collect all the fruit before getting to an exit flag.
Graphics got me into a retro feeling straight away, and those catchy soundtracks fit in well. Colourful maps full of juicy fruit can improve the mood. The title might be misleading, but this is a friendly casual game. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good brain challenge.
Lucky Red Fish website is the place to get demo and the full version.
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