What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monkonomix is a puzzle game that incorporates physics and balance. The game elements are fine, but the "banter" between the monkeys might be objectionable to parents of younger children, due to the use of words like "Shut up" and cartoon-level swear words used in context (i.e. "Are you &!@$#* with me?"). The game's instructions are unclear, which might cause some confusion and frustration as well.
Is it any good?
Attempting something new in the dropping puzzle genre is certainly admirable -- and MONKONOMIX has the gem (pun somewhat intended) of a good idea, but it falls short on execution. Barely legible onscreen text and the lack of a clear objective and tutorial in the early levels throws the player in the deep end without any solid idea of what they're supposed to so. An onscreen question mark pulls up a help screen, but even that information is less than crystal clear.
The game's attempts at humor are hit and miss. The attitude of the main character is one that might alienate some parents and seems out of place with the otherwise family friendly puzzle game. Should the developers go back and rework how players are introduced to the game, this might be worth your while -- but as it stands now, it's an easy pass.