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Powder Monkeys review (iOS / Universal)

October 24, 2011

“Hoist the Jolly Roger
It’s your money that we want and your money we shall have”

10 word description: Monkeys vs Insects; RPG style exploration, castle defence style battles.

10 word review: Fun genre mix, good  balance of exploring and sea-battles.

The exploration takes place on the open sea. Occasionally, you will come across a treasure chest containing random loot

You will like this if you enjoy: Pirates! (without the sword-fighting and dancing). Fairly casual RPGs with a lot of action. Games involving a glorified rock/paper/scissors version of sea battles where melons, fireworks and umbrellas are the basic weapons of choice.

Before each battle, you can select options to organise your inventory, etc.

The good news: It’s very entertaining. The graphics are nice. Sea battles reinterpreted as Melons vs Umbrellas work really well and appeal at both a casual and a fairly tactical level. The cycle of levelling, upgrading, exploring and plundering is addictive and a lot of fun.

Let's plunder 'em for all they're worth, cap'n. Aye, the irony isn't exactly lost on me

The bad news: In App Purchases, yet again. It is almost starting to feel pointless moaning about IAPs as they are everywhere. I haven’t found a need to use them in this game, yet, but some of the more fun looking weapons can only be bought with the IAP currency so, yeah, I’m going to moan about it.

Tactical use of power-ups, plus intelligent weapon selection, will save the day

Arcadelife verdict: Great fun. The back-story about a second ice age being survived by monkeys and insects, who promptly all become seafaring nutters plundering everything in sight, is highly amusing. The frequent cartoon style cutscene images are also funny, with witty speech bubble captions and a host of daft characters. Aside from the predictable IAP nonsense, this is a highly polished and entertaining game.

Successfully bombard the crap out of a hostile island and it becomes yours

Arcadelife rating: 89/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.01
iTunes link

XMG.com website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 5.0)
iPad (OS 5.0)
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