We had a little time this weekend and decided to take Konbo Monsters for a test drive. As we’ve said here, Konbo Monsters was developed by a Portuguese company, dMutant, and was inspired by the Japanese puzzle games of the 90’s.
This is a pretty straight forward game, the goal will vary between having to clear the board and reaching a certain number of points.
When you start the game you are presented with a tetris-like board in which some pieces will already be on the bottom and some will start falling. You have control over a pair of monsters, that is the one falling through the pit, until it reaches the bottom. While controlling it you can only move the top monster around the bottom monster.
The goal is to match as many monsters of the same color as you possibly can so you can earn points when a ball of light of the same color drops and you match it with the monsters of that color that already are on the bottom of the pit.
In the levels you have to empty he pit you will have limited pieces to do so, so it pays to give some attention to how the monsters are already placed on the pit. Of course in the levels you have to reach a certain amount of points you also have a limit of turns to do so, but somehow this is easier to do then the first objective.
Bear in mind that things will get more complicated everything you complete a level and go to the next as more and more colors of monsters are introduced until you have all 4 to deal with, and the goals for each level will keep increasing making it very challenging to get through some of them.
This is by far the most annoying control system I’ve encountered in an arcade game, especially when you start to feel the pressure in advanced levels.
In order to control the pair of monsters currently dropping into the board you have to swipe left or right in order to move them one row to the left or right. Then in order to rotate them you need to tap the screen either on the left or the right side of the descending pair and the top most piece will move left or right. This seems fine enough, the problem arises when you have reduced space and need to quickly move the top piece to the bottom.
This isn’t possible and then a bug arises, when you have your pair of monsters against one of the walls of the board and try to move the top piece down it will automatically move your monster pair one row to the right in order to place the top monsters on the left, and thus make you fail your goal if you don’t move fast enough.
This little hindrance made me have to replay some levels several times and that was definitely not fun or enjoyable.
A very simple fix to this annoyance would be to simple allow the player to tap the screen below the pair of monsters and it would automatically change the top most monster with the bottom one.
When it came to this dMutant took good care of us by making 60 levels with increasing difficulty in order to keep you entertained for a very long time.
You start of easy just having to reach a low number of points or just clearing the board with a few pieces. This will get worse and at some point you will have to clear an almost full board of monsters with very little turns and thus have to use a bit of strategy to get out of tight spots.
Don’t kid yourself thinking this is a low quality game just because it fits into the arcade/puzzle category. Graphics are very well accomplished and you won’t see any flaws throughout the game, no matter what crazy stuff you attempt to do with the pair of monsters you are currently controlling or what level you’re on.
This is another critical part of puzzle games as most of the times it is needed to keep the gamers entertained long enough to actually start enjoying the game. While the sound wasn’t necessary for us to start enjoying the game the sound effects when you make points or move the pair of monsters under your control help give a little life to the game. You also have a background tune playing throughout the levels. Both sound effects and music can be turned of if you want in the options menu.
Konbo Monsters is all in all an entertaining game that will keep you busy for a long time. In my opinion this is a good old 90’s game as it is almost the first Android game I’ve played in a while that has an acceptable difficulty level and makes it a little challenging, like the good old games.
Aside the annoying issue with the controls, that I can now also associated with the Huawei Ascend Mate’s screen touch sensitivity, I really enjoyed the game and if you’re a fan of the old games with difficulty levels that make it fun and challenging, go on to Google Play and try it out because you will enjoy it and will surely spend a fair amount of time entertained.
Review by: Cátia Sofia @ Android Emotions