A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Game uses simple touch controls and is easy to learn.
Products & Purchases
Players use in-game currency to buy monkeys. Players get this currency by playing, by buying some in the game's store, or by watching ads. Players can also watch ads to speed up the process by which monkeys and coins are made. The game also runs ads at random points, and while the ads have sound, the game itself doesn't, which can be jarring.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This is just a waste of some good monkeys. In Monkeynauts: Merge Monkeys, you supposed to help some monkeys go to outer space so they can get a space banana or something. The game isn't really all that clear about what's going on. But then, it's not real clear about what you're supposed to do, either. When it starts, you see a baby monkey in a giant test tube, and after tapping the glass to release them, you're supposed to wait until a second arrives, then slide your finger to merge the two together to form a more evolved form of monkey. You then continue to merge monkeys of the same kind until you have enough to pilot a spaceship and fly to the moon...where you have to repeat the process while also keeping track of monkey production on Earth.
As adorable as this may sound, though, it's kind of pointless. You don't really do anything. When a tube with a baby monkey appears, you just have to tap it to break it open, and then you just drag one monkey to their twin to form a new monkey. That's it. There's no puzzles to solve, nothing to shoot or figure out, no challenge whatsoever...you literally just sit and wait and occasionally tap the screen and drag your finger across it. In fact, the only reason you may play it is to see if there's more to it. But there isn't. Even worse, the game's greedy with ads -- one even comes up if you try to access the options menu -- and while those ads have sound, the game does not, so the ads stand out even more. As a result, you'll probably want to eat a banana or do any other monkey business instead of play Monkeynauts: Merge Monkeys.
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