Tiki Towers 2 for iPhone 4 A Frustrating Romp Through a Monkey Island
Tiki Towers 2: Monkey Republic Rating:
There is a saying that goes ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ and this certainly appears to be the case with Tiki Towers 2: Monkey Republic which provides more of the same monkey taming action as the original Tiki Towers.
The premise of the game hasn’t changed, your task is too use a handful of bamboo sticks to create bridges and structures that monkeys will climb over on their way to the levels exit. On the way bonus can be picked up in the shape of bananas, (how original!), and other bonus items that will open other areas on the map.
If you have played the original game you will be more than comfortable with the action here although the physics of the gang of monkeys as they climb and clamber over your structures seem to be more random than they were in the original game.
Some may see this as an improvement as this ensures that no two attempts are the same, however, in reality it prevents you from making minor adjustments to complete levels or get the maximum score as there is no guarantee that the monkeys will act the same. Much like real life I guess!
There is a nice variety in the levels but the aforementioned frustrations make completing them too difficult. The placing of the bamboo shoots is somewhat easier then the original game and the zoom in function that can be turned on/off in the options menu is a nice feature to gain additional control over the placement. However, more often than not just as you think you have built the perfect structure you find that you have run out of bamboo shoots and you must start your structure again.
Despite it’s failings Tiki Towers 2 does have some good points. The control systems work well not only the aforementioned placement of the bamboo but also the zooming and navigation of the levels. The game looks good, the navigation map and the in game graphics are bright and colorful too which does add some silver lining to the grey cloud that is the game-play.
At two dollars more than the original Tiki Towers I would have expected a whole lot more but with less levels, reduced game play and nothing else going for it I would rather spend more time with the original game than this latest incarnation of the Tiki Tower genre.
- Fun Graphics
- Amusing storyline
- Increased price with reduced features
- Long load times
- Frustratingly random physics
$2.99 (View in iTunes)
Released: Jan 20, 2011
1.1.1 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 126 MB
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Seller: RealNetworks, Inc.
© 2011 RealNetworks, Inc.
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
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