About The Game
Experience the addictive puzzle gameplay that takes advantage of the Wii U GamePad! Use the buttons and touch screen to manipulate and destroy falling coloured blocks. Align three or more blocks of the same colour to destroy them, and initiate high-scoring chains of destruction. Destroy all the monkey blocks to advance to the the next level. Online leaderboards let you see where you rank among the world's best scores!
If you only ever want to play one block dropping game in your life then you should play Tetris.
But Tetris isn't on the Wii U (& won't be either) so how about a slightly different Monkey alternative?
I realise many others have tried to recreate the Tetris game style and it's reasonable to say many haven't done enough to make it look / feel any different.
Log games addressed this issue by doing a couple of things.
Firstly they added monkeys to the game. (can't go wrong with monkeys right?)
Secondly they put in 2 different modes both of which while essentially attaining the same goals play quite differently from a strategy and game play point of view.
Match 3 colours to destroy the line, wipe out al the monkeys to clear the level, it all sounds so simple.
Both modes feature several pre placed blocks some of which feature little monkey faces (Quite handy given the games name)
You'll want to give these Monkeys a fair bit of attention as both game modes require the elimination of their blocks to advance.
Blocks only come in 4 colours (red, yellow, blue and green) and can be destroyed by matching 3 in any vertical, horizontal or diagonal line.
These are all things that have been done before if you look across the spectrum of block breaking games.
(Except from the Monkeys anyway)
Mode A sees blocks of 4 fall together in squares sometimes all the same colour sometimes a mishmash of all 4 colours or any variety of them.
At first glance this can look like an easy way to play but as blocks begin to stack up it quickly turns to a harder looking way to play.
You want the 2 red blocks on the left for example but the 2 blue blocks on the right are about to ruin you!
Thankfully Log games thought they'd add in another idea tat might help with such predicaments.
On the both sides of the game pad screen are the 4 coloured squares (2 on each side) tapping any of these squares will destroy the matching coloured block(s) in the currently falling square.
You'll need to be fairly fast off the mark a few levels in to make use of this feature but it adds a lot of tactics to the game play and will no doubt lead to some very high scores on the online leader boards for those that master the concept the best.
Mode B also features the block destroying side squares and this time you'll need to use them like it or not.
A line of blocks (with some gaps in) moves across the top of the screen from right to left.
If the line reaches the left side of the screen all blocks in the line will drop (likely burring the monkey blocks below under the wrong coloured blocks.
If at any time you hit a side square like game A it will destroy that colours blocks and all blocks in the line will drop where they currently are.
So not only do you need to destroy the colours you don't want you must also make sure you do so when the blocks you do want are hovering in the right place!
Mode B is most definitely and much harder challenge for those that are looking for something a bit different.
Don't forget hitting any of the 4 coloured squares on the size will destroy that colour in your block of 4 (but also make it instantly fall)
Online leader boards are present for both modes so high score chasers have something to aim for be it their own scores or those of their friends / worldwide rivals.
You also have a small selection of backgrounds and music to choose from while these don't add anything t the game play at least you have the chance to choose something that suits you.
Another option is to choose your starting level so you can start with the game nice and easy / slow or if you feel like going for a challenge you can ramp up the difficulty and speed from the start and see how long you survive.
The only thing the game really lacks is any form of multi player.
While the block destroying coloured squares are activated via the touch screen they could perhaps have been mapped to buttons as well as touch screen so a 2 player game could have been an option.
It's not often I rank among the top 4 players in the world.
Of course I won't do for much longer once the game is actually released.
A different formula for a genre done so many times since the birth of Tetris is refreshing.
Both game modes offer different ways of playing.
Block destroying side buttons offer a wealth of strategy.
Online leader boards for competitive players.
This is the positive section so lets all remain positive and assume I actually got out of this mess here.
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
No multiplayer modes.
Graphics will be 2 bland for some.
It's not Tetris.
I know what your thinking but your wrong this isn't the end result from the previous screen!
Tetris is still in my opinion the best block dropping game ever created and one I still think I'll be saying when I review every block dropping game in the future no matter how many years from now that is.
Log Games took a genre that's been tried and tested many times and looked to add new elements to give something different.
Yes they took various aspects from other games but they moulded them all into this & added their own elements to round things off and leave it feeling reasonably fresh.
A multi player option could have added a point or even 2 if it were online play.
But if you don't mind the basic presentation given it's cheap price point & the fact Tetris won't be on Wii U block dropping fans should give this some serous consideration.
A review copy of the game was Provided by Log Games and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.