Mobile Game Review – The Powerpuff Girls: Monkey Mania
Fighting crime, trying to save the world, they’re now on android, The Powerpuff Girls: Monkey Mania! Would you believe it if I said that this is a decent game? Probably, because the people who made this game also brought us Knightmare Tower and Burrito Bison. A well crafted, beautifully presented game in the city of Townsville? It sounds like a match made in heaven… So here’s a bit of information for those who’ve seen it around but haven’t taken the dive into the world of sugar, spice and everything nice.
|Price||£Free (With Ads)|
A basic story for this game; Mojo Jojo stole Chemical X and has unleashed an army of monkeys upon the City of Townsville. These manic monkeys are storming their way through the city streets, so it’s up to the Powerpuff Girls to stomp and smash these monkeys. Then, they’ve got to save Townsville from Mojo Jojo. Will Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles be able to smash through a whole cast of evil-doers?
Let’s address the elephant in the room, this game is Burrito Bison but reskinned to be Powerpuff Girls. What they’ve done to address this is they’ve really worked to master the gameplay. It’s quick, it’s fast paced and it never feels like you’re slugging it out for the sake of it. Instead, the game gives you basically a constant progression, meaning you’re rarely stuck at the same parts of the game for long.
The monkeys help to make the game way more fluid than I’d expect. These monkeys can be bounced off, which helps you retain some of your speed. You can also do a power smash type ability, which is different for each of the three protagonists. For Buttercup, it’s a straightforward ground smash ability. For Blossom, you get a grappling hook, which focuses on more important nearby enemies first. Bubbles gets the ability to fly a little bit, followed by a ground smash. These differences really helps to change how each run can go.
You always start a round by flinging one of The Powerpuff Girls at a bad guy. These enemies include the Rubber Bandit, arbarus Bikini, Manboy and many more. Once you hit the enemies, they take some damage and you begin your run. Your run will require you to bounce off the monkeys to maintain speed, but also to hit the various power-ups that are available to you in the run. You may need to use your power smashes in order to hit these power-ups.
Once a run is complete, you’re awarded some coins. These coins are spent on cards that represent the different power-ups in the game, as well as passive power-ups, such as the number of power smashes, increasing your speed limit, how much speed you lose when hitting the ground and so on. Each of these are upgraded by spending money on them, so your goal is to earn enough money to power up and get through the metal walls, which act as level dividers.
This is one of the cleanest looking mobile games I’ve seen in a while. The interface, the art style, it’s all really well presented. What I especially like is how The Powerpuff Girls look exactly like they should through the entirety of the game. It feels like I’m in an interactive version of one of their fast paced, high adrenaline episodes. Check out how the game looks in our gallery below:
Personally I think this is the games weakest point, but I’ve seen some people say good things about the music. I didn’t quite get the feel of the original Powerpuff Girls audio. The classic jingle that we’ve all come to know and love just doesn’t feel like it’s there. I think they attempted to put it in, but it’s not quite the Powerpuff Girls theme that we all know and love, so that’s a shame.
I’d be lying if I said I haven’t had fun with this; it’s a highly addictive, fun little romp as the protagonists of the Powerpuff Girls. Buttercup, Blossom and Bubbles have three slightly different playstyles, but none of them are hard to get used to. In fact, once you’ve seen them once, it’s easy to remember what the three of them do. Out of the trio, Blossom’s the one I like to play the most – That hook is one of the most useful items in this side-scrolling action game.
Regardless of my personal tastes, the game is well crafted and it’s really good fun. Juicy Beast have put out plenty of fun little titles; I remember playing Knightmare Tower initially on my Ouya many years ago and then I finished it off on my phone. The point is, developers Juicy Beast have known how to make good games… And this is just another example of a fun, simple and addictive experience. Great way to pass the time if you’re looking for something a bit gentle to play.