Developer: Drakkar Dev and Crescent Moon Games
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5, iPad2

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

MonkeyBoxing-5If the title Monkey Boxing sounds like a good time, then it’s probably worth hitting that “Buy App” button above right now, because this game is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s boxing with monkeys. How can than not be fun?

Well, thankfully it is quite fun. It’s easy to get into, with a button for punching, and a button for blocking. The game focuses on same-device multiplayer, with four rounds to try and knock out the other monkey in the ring. Quick-time events like tapping icons for powerful round-ending punches and health, along with rapid spinning sections, add to the fun chaos. A match only takes a couple minutes, and there’s plenty of gloating to be had for the victor. Then it’s on to the next fight!

While the game is multiplayer-focused, there’s also a singleplayer mode that’s built around making one’s monkey stronger, and unlocking new disguises all the way throughout. After all, what’s the fun of monkeys punching each other if it isn’t stylish as all get out? A monkey with a giant green afro is my kind of monkey!

MonkeyBoxing-2Now, the only sin that Monkey Boxing commits is to be far too simplistic for real long-term play, what with only one punch button and one block button, there’s not much more strategizing than to wail on the punch button when necessary, block when the opponent is attacking, and try to time a counter-attack. This is really about grabbing a friend, and punching the bananas out of each other for a few minutes while on the iPad. It’s playable in two-player mode on iPhone as well, but it’s rather cramped. Also, the spinning sections? I’m terrible at them. Thus I presume that they’re broken and need fixing! No one beats me and my monkey!

While it’s all a rather basic experience, Monkey Boxing lives up to its premise. Perhaps if a million monkeys were put into a room, they’d form a championship boxing league instead of writing Macbeth. Awesome.

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