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Monkey Quest: Thunderbow review (iPod/iPhone)

January 12, 2012

“Yeah, it’s just another bombtrack
And suckas be thinkin’ that they can fake this”

10 word description: Take aim with trusty Boom Bow – blast everything to smithereens!

See all that stuff, including the rock formation they're standing on ... yeah, you can blow all that up

10 word review: It’s Angry-Fragger-Worms; very enjoyable, spectacularly destructive. Pretty, too.

What colour bird was that? Derivative, of course, Fun, oh definitely

You will like this if you enjoy: Projectile lobbing, destructo-physics type games. You know: Angry Birds, Fragger, Worms, Chickenballs, etc. etc.

The good news: It does its sources proud. Graphics – pretty and varied. Weapons – destructive and entertaining. Levels – well designed and, most importantly, fun!

Feel free to cheer wildly and laugh uncontrollably at the carnage on display here

The bad news: There’s a slight issue (the same as in some other games of this type) where, when zoomed right out, there’s not enough room between the aiming guy and the side of the screen to fully draw the bow before your finger leaves the screen and it fires prematurely. Not a huge issue, but I wish they’d give you a bit more space where you need it. This may not be an issue on the iPad version; I don’t know, I haven’t played that version.

After you have blown the crap out of everything, there's not much left. I like the quiet...

Arcadelife verdict: Very interesting; I thought I’d had enough of this type of game, but there’s something about this one that pulled me in and kept me playing. Maybe it’s the immensely destructible environments, maybe the clever – and fun! – weapons, possibly the frequent full-screen congratulatory messages with awesome voice accompaniment … it could even be the highly polished – and fun! – way that all the parts have been put together. If you have missed this one (the total lack of ratings and reviews on the UK app store suggests to me that people are possibly missing it), go get it and see if you have as much fun with it as I’m having.

A bonus level. One shot really is all you need

 

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 8.5/10
Audio – 8.5/10
Controls – 7.5/10
Content – 8/10
Fun – 9/10
Final rating – 83/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.1.1
iTunes link

Monkey Quest website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 5.0.1)

The 3-bananas rating is achieved by hitting all 3 small bananas positioned at various locations on each level. It isn't dependent on shots fired, time taken, stuff blown-up, etc.

This one is quite tricky. To start with, you need to float a bomb up on that geyser thing in the middle of the screen

 

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