Monkey Boxing, a casual arcade boxing game developed by Drakkar Dev and published by Crescent Moon Games, is now available from the app store. Featuring super simple controls, cute animations, and tons of cosmetic customizations, Monkey Boxing is a quirky little title for the kid in all of us.
Monkey Boxing Pros:
- Polished cartoon graphics and fun animations
- Cool arcade soundtrack and plenty of great sound effects that add to the presentation
- Two-button control scheme and quirky mini-games
- Same device multiplayer option
- GameCenter integration for leaderboards and tons of achievements
Monkey Boxing Cons:
- Fairly simplistic and repetitive; not much variation in opponents or play style
- No online multiplayer option
- Training challenges are overly simple; unsure if extra effort makes any difference
Monkey Boxing offers both a single player campaign and same-device multiplayer where you pit your decked out monkey against another in brief Monkey Boxing matches. The single player mode sends you up through the ranks of a 50-match career where you face more powerful foes as you progress. As you win matches, you earn the ability to engage in mini-games to increase your strength, endurance, and speed to compete more effectively. Matches are quick, with each round lasting 20 seconds. You only have 2 controls, punch and block. Landing successive punches with increase your streak meter and allow you to land more devastating haymakers, while blocking serves to limit the damage you take or set your opponent up for a pummeling. During matches, you can also tap on circles that appear near your boxing monkey for bonus points and temporary boosts to your character attributes. There are also short mini-game breaks where you need to spin a circle on-screen as fast as possible to win a tug-of-war style battle to see who will land a powerful blow to the other. While this is happening, the monkeys are basically slap boxing like little children, which is a hilarious bit by itself.
Graphically, the game is very polished, utilizing lots of colors and dynamic lighting/shading effects to create a main attraction atmosphere. The animations are great, although they do seem to be fairly limited to a small set of actions. Each boxer can customize his outfit with a variety of color choices for clothing, patterns for shorts, wacky headgear, and the like. As you progress, you’ll unlock access to new items, too. You can either cycle through each of the nine categories to find just the right combinations or tap the random button for a computer-generated ensemble. The soundtrack has an arcade feel and the simian grunts and various sound effects add to the overall experience. Controls are pretty easy to use, though the block button didn’t seem to respond as quickly as we expected. Overall, it’s pretty much a button masher, with no ability to throw selected punch types or strategize your attacks to any significant degree.
Replay value is decent, as you can continue on past the first 50 levels to continue engaging in matches. Scores are based on a number of factors, including remaining health, punch streaks, number of remaining rounds, etc., with each multiplied by a set value. Your round scores are aggregated to give you an overall score through the course of the campaign. Multiplayer is also fun, though we would have preferred some sort of online version rather than same device given the small nature of the iPod screen. It works significantly better on an iPad. GameCenter leaderboards and achievements also give the game some replayability. A universal app for a slightly pricey $2.99, Monkey Boxing lands a 3.5-Dimple score.
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