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Developer: Astro Ape Studios
Price: FREE (in-app purchases available)
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

The basic structure to Monsterz Revenge will appear immediately familiar to players of many casual social games, even more so if they’ve played Astro Ape Studios’ previous hit Dessert Heroes. Pleasantly however, there’s a bit more to Monsterz Revenge making it a title with more depth than the average game of this type.

At first, it all looks very familiar indeed. This time round, play as a monster, an owner of a graveyard threatened by huge franchises nearby and the neverending spread of flowers and happiness. You have to make your graveyard the most inviting by cooking various concoctions such as Pupil Pasta, Bone Pie and Nachos & Slime. In turn, these recipes reward you with experience and coins, thus enabling you to make even more meals and unlock new extras. It’s all quite standard stuff with a form of snowballing effect to initiate how you level up. Just keep plugging away at the same things and you can buy more chimneys and burners to cook even more food. You can decorate your graveyard and expand it further and further. By customising your place, you then accrue better tips. It’s all very carefully interlinked.

You’re not forced to just sit back and wait though. Besides being able to visit friends’s graveyards to clear the flowers infesting their land, there’s also a series of entertaining minigames.

One such minigame is the battles that commence against rival franchises. These involve a battering ram to destroy their structure. You get an easy to use power gauge that just requires a tap at the right time to inflict damage. The depth comes from the ability to upgrade your ram steadily through the coins you’ve acquired previously. Another game, Electrify Frank, requires you to tap buttons in the correct order thus acquiring more experience and coins. As you progress, even more is unlocked such as the Swampy game in which you drag bubbles into Swampy’s mouth.

Each of these minigames adds a much needed layer of interest to Monsterz Revenge. It makes everything that bit more hands on than other social games. Sure, you can go the usual route of simply buying your way to level ups with real money but the satisfaction stems from working your way through the minigames and acquiring new bits and pieces the slow and steady way.

Monsterz Revenge doesn’t quite go so far as to revolutionise the casual social gaming market but it does go some way to feeling more like a game than something that you simply sit back and watch progress. If you’re a fan of the genre, you’re going to love it.


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