Rocky the Monkey is a new physics game by Rag Doll Software, purveyors of fine physics games. The formula is simple: ragdoll + grappling hook + monkey = fun. The official description of the title is far too excellent to pass up, so here it is:
Rocky the Monkey is a deep strategy game set up in a post-apocalyptic world. Ice caps are melting and water levels are rising at an impressive speed. As a monkey willing to survive, you will have to climb up a series of misteriously floating rocks. Luckily, having been bitten by a radioactive spider, you have gained the ability to shoot webs at will. However, power comes at a price, and you will have to eat bananas constantly to survive. Will you be able to defeat all evil and save the universe?
The controls in Rocky the Monkey are surprisingly hard to learn considering their simplicity. Standard WASD keys move your simian counterpart, and clicking the mouse will connect or disconnect your grappling hook. Something about the setup isn’t working too well, although once you get past the learning curve it’s smooth banana-sailing from there.
Personally I think the problem lies with the mouse click system. Rather than click and hold to connect an object, you click once to connect and a second time to disconnect. The first few times I played the game I was trying to click and hold and had to consciously remind myself to do otherwise. This usually resulted in disaster.
There is no level structure in Rocky the Monkey. The world is randomly generated, and the game will simply continue indefinitely as you progress upward. Psychologically I find this has a very negative effect on my play experience. I don’t have a lot of motivation to continue when there aren’t any achievable goals. Something as simple as a break every 100 feet would be enough. As is the game is kind of maddening.
It’s hard to complain when the game is free, though, and Matteo decided to release Rocky the Monkey free of charge. Check it out, and if anyone has thoughts on how the controls could be improved feel free to post your opinion. It’s an interesting example of something that should be working well but somehow just isn’t.
Rocky the Monkey Game Info
(The game is now free for customers of Rag Doll Soft games–check site for more info).
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