Before we get started I should make something clear: I love monkeys. I love anything to do with monkeys. So adding monkeys to an iOS app is bait I can’t resist. The game begins with an airplane full of monkeys crash landing, deserting them so they can’t get home. Through masterminding and primate ingenuity they determine that if they create huge stacks of animals, they can climb to the top and signal passing planes.
This game is harder than it looks. Monkeys glide by on top of the screen ready to drop animal blocks onto your stack. Your job is to tap the screen at just the right moment so the block drops and properly balances on the one beneath it. If you do, a small monkey will climb up onto the block you just dropped. Getting the timing right is really hard! If you miss the stack or you don’t balance well, the blocks will tumble.
Each adorable block is one of 15 different animals, complete with sound effects and eyes that move. But don’t be fooled, there are more than just blocks to balance. As you meet your goals and progress to higher levels, you must balance blocks on eggs that also drop from the sky!
There are 15 levels, but I guarantee it will take you quite some time to maneuver through them all! For those of you who are extra-competitive, there are several trophies and leaderboards on Game Center.
What I liked: The tutorial for this game is one I can get on board with! A single page, easily skimmed, that gives you the jist on how to play. My favorite kind of instructions!
What I didn’t like: I found the interface outside of game-play to be quite slow. The lag after clicking ‘Retry’ after you fail at a level is aggravating.
To buy or not to buy: The game is cute and addictive. I believe you can have a lot of fun with it, making the $0.99 price-tag well worth it.
- App Name: Monkey Up HD
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: StusApps
- Price: $0.99