APP NAME: Monkey Bongo
DEVELOPER(S): Pangea Software
GENRE(S): Physics, Puzzle
RELEASE DATE(S): October 29th, 2011
It’s been awhile since Pangea has released a new game, and most of their titles are ports from existing games they’ve made in the past. Monkey Bongo was built for iOS from the ground up, and you can tell right from the very first level. The game itself is a physics based puzzler where you help monkeys feed Toucans with bananas. You pull back on the monkey to toss the banana, and aim right for the mouth of the toucan. Things become interesting very quick as coconuts and flares are introduced to deal with boxes, TNT, ice, hay stacks, and more.
There are 50 levels across five environments with each one feeling completely unique with varying challenges. Each new level presents more monkeys and toucans to deal with at once, and you’ll need to toss items between the monkeys to be able to reach the toucans. There are also vines to swing across and stars to collect to enhance the puzzle complexity of every level. The one defining factor of this game is that every level truly feels like a puzzle as you need to work in the right order, and use the right items to be able to solve it. Many other physics puzzles, lack the puzzle nature, and are on the relatively easy side. This game has an easy mode to always see the trajectory, but you can turn it off too.
Monkey Bongo ($0.99, Universal) is intuitive for touch, and includes great puzzles that Pangea is known for with the excellent Enigmo series. The game features a great 3D design, and each environment and character is a joy to look at. It’s also worth mentioning that the game works with AirPlay Mirroring, and it looks beautiful at 720P on a HDTV. There’s plenty of variation in each level, but the entire game comes to end relatively quickly.
Monkey Bongo is a game worth picking up that will have you wondering how helping monkeys feed toucans could be so enjoyable.