Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Gotta' burst your bubble [Bloons Super Monkey 2 Review]

          The only thing super about NinjaKiwi's sequel to Bloons Super Monkey is the amount of money they try to milk out of you, am I right? While the game might try to impress you with it's beautiful cartoon-like graphics and excellent animations, don't let that fool you. Once you get past the main menu you'll find that you'll be glued to your chair for a repetitive grind-fest gaming experience. Do as I'm doing-- Get your badges, and run! Run as fast as you can and don't look back. With a rating of 3.3 and slowly declining, Bloons Super Monkey 2 is one of the lowest rated games that still had badges.

          The second you start playing this game you'll see exactly why it has the rating it does. The gameplay is very similar to the iconic arcade game Galaga, but with a Bloons twist on it. As you pop bloons you earn coins which you can use to purchase upgrades to aid you along your quest. The only problem? Coins are earned at a painfully slow rate, upgrades are extremely over priced, and uhhh-- Oh yeah, but you can buy more coins! There's a button to buy more coins with cash on just about every screen in this game, and if you try to buy something you're a few coins short of buying it'll take you directly to the buy more coins screen. Did I mention you can pay money for more coins?

          Nothing new is brought to the table with Bloons Super Monkey 2. The gameplay is far from enjoyable- you're better off starting the level and then making yourself a cup of coffee while the level plays itself. I promise you you'll have more fun that way, and of course you'll have something that'll actually make you want to get through the rest of your day rather than sitting you at your computer popping balloons all day week for a few points.
          So what's the verdict? To be honest, I can't give this game higher than a 2/5. This game really is nothing more than an attempt to make a quick buck.The game itself is almost impossible to get through without either spending money, or crying at least once. The 1990's sounding repeating guitar track doesn't do the game any justice either. I'm not sure if NinjaKiwi has some sort of under-the-table deal with Kongregate to badge all of their games, or if somebody wasn't thinking straight when they thought it would be a good idea to give this game badges, but this game should definitely not have badges. Sorry to pop your hopes for this game, but I'm just as disappointed as you are.

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