What’s your favorite flavor of crazy? If the answer to that question is ‘loud and colorful,’ then Adult Swim really has a treat for you on the App Store. The delightfully manic Monsters Ate My Condo is the publisher’s newest iOS title, and you may want to sit down to prepare for this frenetic gaming experience.
The game’s nutty aesthetic is offset by a simple yet effective gameplay core. Monsters Ate My Condo could best be described as a mix between Jenga and the award-winning Shibuya. It features an endless mode and a time attack mode, and in both you try to match colors of your tower’s stories as they fall down from the sky. It’s not that simple though, as you must account for the giant creatures that flank the building at all times.
Beware the thing that wore lederhosen.
As you play the game and match floors, you’ll earn special shiny blocks that you can feed to these beasts to activate their special abilities. These abilities range from score multipliers to the simple benefit of straightening your tower, which can fall into a precarious arrangement as a result of bombs and, more commonly, the wrath of the monsters.
To make matches in your building, you need to swipe floors away from your tower and into one of the two monsters’ mouths. Each monster has a particular color it represents, and if you feed it the wrong color, it becomes more destructive. The gameplay, which is very fun, is just as much about managing your stack as it is about satisfying the appetites of the quirky behemoths who are terrorizing your residents.
Where’s Godzilla when you need him?
The game’s most notable features are its visual style and sound design. The 8-bit tune that plays when a game ends is especially entrancing, and we wish it was available outside of the game. The high-tempo music is of an energy, character, and enthusiasm matched only by the game’s colorful sprites and wild sound effects. The screen is quite busy during gameplay, but only in the periphery of the actual play area. This design is very good at communicating a sense of chaos, without being distracting.
Monsters Ate My Condo has some milestones that you can review after a session finishes, but it’s largely a score-chasing affair. The game features both OpenFeint and Game Center leaderboards, and it has a good set of achievements to unlock as well. Monsters Ate My Condo is a Must Have game, especially if you love hyperactive audio and visuals. There’s a solid game under the surface, and the whole package is an easy one to recommend.