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"Monkey see, Monkey Shoot!"
Gaming Gold Award Winner for Best QB Villain: The Monkeys!
As a banana dealer
it's very important that you protect your only source of income, even if
it means you have to shoot down the army of bloodthirsty, ravenous monkeys!
Fire your automatic
weapons and grenades, then stop by at Skippy's to get the latest in pistols,
threshers, and other monkey-stopping devices! Remember, it's your future
on the line. You can't sell bananas without having bananas to sell, and
guarding your supply will mean an all-out war against the quick and hungry
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
|WARNING! This game is very bloody and
is recommended for mature gamers only! The particle effects in Monkey Blast
are amazing. Technically, the number of blood particles that fly out whenever
you've shot down a monkey are brilliantly animated, with tons of splatter
and no slowdown. Focus ZERO even paid attention to the gore that develops
depending on where you shoot the monkey. A hit on the head will cause immediate
decapitation while blood spews from the monkey's neck, while a hit to the
boy will slow down the monkey but won't stop it from leaving a trail of
blood every now and then. There's no getting around it; this game is simply
beautiful and that comes from someone who abhors animal violence!
But the graphics in Monkey Blast are more
than just blood and guts. The monkeys themselves move smoothly and are
well-animated. There are even different types of monkeys and gorillas that
range in speed, size, and in walking frames. This, combined with a colorful
green background and a scanned title screen to get gamers in the mood,
add up to a pretty nice display of what QB can do in the graphics category.
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
|No music, but Monkey Blast makes up for
it by providing a series of atmospheric jungle sounds. Again, the monkeys
are the center of attention here because they react to how you play the
game. Monkeys let out some low-pitched grunts as they sneak towards your
banana stash, yell in joy when they successfully steal from your bananas,
and cry out in pain when you land a solid head shot. The sounds are very
interactive in this sense.
In addition to the monkey sounds, the many
weapons you'll pack in Monkey Blast all come with individual, arcade-calbur
sound effects. The gun sounds and grenade sounds in particular are spectacular.
But once you get into the game, the sound made by the Treshers you can
buy at Skippy's Weapon store really takes the game to another level of
|Gameplay (n.)The precision of control
and involvement of character within its universe
|Good. Focus ZERO attempts to explain Monkey
Blast as a Missile Command clone with a twist. But it's a lot more original
than that, becoming a homegrown blend of Missile Command, Operation Wolf,
and a dash of RPG elements to boot!
Monkey Blast is an endless game where you
have to protect your bananas from a horde of monkeys. The more bananas
you protect and the more monkeys you shoot down, the more money and points
you get. The more money you get, the more weapons and threshers you can
buy at Skippy's Weapon store after beating each level. The more weapons
you get, the better your chances of shooting down even more monkeys. This
cycle repeats until all of your bananas have been stolen, and your high
score is recorded.
The gameplay of Monkey Blast is enhanced
by a wide range of weapons at your disposal, with guns that vary in accuracy
and in speed. More individual weapons, like grenades and threshers, make
beating each of the game's many levels a lot easier if you have the extra
money for them.
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
|If Missile Command really was the inspiration
for Monkey Blast, then the objects featured in Monkey Blast couldn't be
further off from it's inspiration. There are no demos, but the game does
get a good score rating just for having such an original concept. Arcade
shooters too often emphasize game elements without giving much explanation.
In most cases, the game comes out fine anyway. But Monkey Blast gets extra
points because Focus ZERO actually took that extra step of going to the
drawing board and trying to figure out how to add a twist to the story
of a game style that's tried and true.
|Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience
can be repeated again and again
|The game's high point. I had gotten so
used to Microsoft Gorillas that I never thought shooting down monkeys could
be made into a format that is so fast and entertaining. With the wide range
of weapons and different enemy types, Monkey Blast! simply has that polish
that few new arcade games really pull off. The graphics are really easy
to the eyes, but the game has it's spectacular moments. The sound effects
and gameplay also play as major contributors, providing just the right
atmosphere and explosiveness that could only be realized by a game this
violent in nature.
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought
|As each level progresses, the monkeys
take more shots to take down. Therefore, the key to keeping your bananas
safe and achieving gigantic high scores is to always purchase the best
weapons your money can buy. If you're finding the game too difficult, one
way other than to adjust the skill level is to purchase some Threshers.
One thresher is really all you need to take care of most of the monkeys
in a level, so try the rest of the money you keep for ammunition and new
|Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
|It's not easy to make mouse-operated arcade
games fun, and Focus ZERO took a real risk by trying to make a solid game
out of such an off-beat game concept. But the execution of Monkey Blast!
really shows after you get through the violent hunting image this game
tries to convey. You might as well call this game "Planet of the Apes meets
Operation Wolf" because that's what this game feels like. Arcade fans and
hunters-at-heart will find a lot to love about this title.
Monkey Blast Reviewed by Vance Velez
||Genre: Arcade/Shooter Game
||To solve: N/A Final Rating: 24/35
To download this game, click here.
you're unzipping this program in DOS, you may have to use the -d option.
play Monkey Blast!, unzip the file and run "MB.EXE".
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