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Developer: CloverLeaf Mobile
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Bungee Monkey is a fun fast-paced game that is both addicting and challenging. The goal is to throw vines at the monkey to fly him across the jungle before night falls. Players collect bananas and earn points along the way all while using shields to protect the little fellow against the pesky insects that inevitably slow him down. There are objectives to complete in every game and achievements that earn players bonus awards such as extra time.

The game starts out with a quick introduction to get players started. The controls are simple but hard to grasp at first. Players swipe a bungee from the canopy to the monkey to help him swing. There are an unlimited amount of bungees available, but players must be quick enough to pull them down. Once the monkey latches on, gamers must tap at the right moment to achieve a perfect launch. I utilized the practice mode until I felt comfortable flying the monkey through the jungle, but I still had hard time the first few times I played. The controls take a little while to master.

Players will want to collect as much fruit as possible to build up their bubble shield in the upper left corner. The shields are also available throughout the jungle for those who are swift enough to snatch them. When the insects start attacking, gamers will want to touch the shield to activate it. The shield percentage goes down as the insects attack so only use it when the pests are affecting the monkey’s speed.

There are many perks in the game that keep it interesting. For instance, Bungee Monkey wears a special cape when he gains enough speed. Gamers also earn a bonus the next time they play once they complete all three goals and get a new title. There are 10 titles and 30 goals to achieve in total.

The game ends once the sun goes down. The score is tallied at the end and players can view the goals that they completed. Gamers can then play again or strengthen their bungee swinging skills in the practice mode.

Bungee Monkey comes complete with Game Center leaderboards and achievements for those who like to compete. The only issue I noted while playing was that the game can feel repetitive after awhile because the background never changes except from night to day. What would really improve Bungee Monkey would be an endless mode because it has all the right elements for it.

Bungee Monkey is an impressive game and a bargain at less than one dollar. It’s perfect for gamers of all ages and really has a family-friendly appeal. If you’re in the market for a new pick-up-and-play game, I’d recommend purchasing this one.

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