Monkey Flight

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Fun, physics-based primate toss requires luck.

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Ease of Play

Monkey Flight is fairly simple to play: Launch the monkey by selecting the angle and releasing at the right time to adjust the power. You can tap to use the banana power and get an extra boost; otherwise you just wait until the monkey stops bouncing or hits an obstacle.

Violence & Scariness

A monkey is flung from a slingshot and bounces around the levels. If it hits a rock it crashes and stars appear around its head, but it doesn't appear too badly hurt.

Sexy Stuff

There is a "More Games" link on the main screen, and a link to "Donut News" on the options page, which takes you to the developer's website.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monkey Flight is a simple physics-based game in which the player flings a monkey in order to collect as much fruit as possible before hitting an obstacle or running out of bounces. There is minimal cartoon violence and no serious privacy issues. Some of the challenge levels can be a bit difficult, and rely on luck as much as strategy.

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Is it any good?

MONKEY FLIGHT is a funny arcade game: You get to fling monkeys across the screen, trying to collect as much fruit as possible while they bounce around. Obstacles like mud puddles and rocks will stop you instantly. Some objects act as trampolines to help you bounce farther: Clouds can be used once, and then disappear, but elephants can be used again and again. In addition, you have a couple of bananas you can use to give yourself a boost.

There's a single-level arcade mode that challenges you to get the highest score with three monkeys, a "Lite Play" mode with just one monkey, and then 40 challenge levels. The challenge levels must be solved in order, with specific goals to unlock the next level, as well as different goals to earn one, two, or three stars. These are the most interesting part of the game, with players trying to collect the required amount of fruit with only one monkey per level. Monkey Flight is an amusing diversion, but sometimes feels like it requires a significant amount of luck, and once you've played all the levels it loses some of its replay value.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $0.99
  • Release date: September 25, 2010
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Publisher: Donut Games
  • Version: 1.43
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 2.2.1 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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