I've played games with unusual premises before (I even reviewed one here), but Monsters Ate My Condo takes strangeness to a whole new level. Taking cues from Japanese animation and monster movies, this game is quirky, noisy and over-the-top. Strangely, it is also very addictive.
Make your high score!
Monsters Ate My Condo is a vertical match-three game that is best described as a hybrid between Jenga, Bejeweled and Tetris. In the game, you are presented with a high-rise condo that seems to attract strangely colorful and perky monsters. There are four monsters in the game, each with their own distinct appearance and special ability. However, only two can be on screen at the same time, one on each side of your tower.
These monsters seem happy at first, but as time passes, their mood goes south. To keep them happy, you feed them floors from your condo by swiping left or right, Jenga-style. If not fed, the monsters throw an earthquake-inducing tantrum that can topple your tower. There is also a catch; monsters prefer floors that match their color, i.e. a red monster is happy if you feed him a red floor. Mismatches will lessen the monster's happiness gauge faster and send him into an angry fit.
As you swipe out floors, more will fall from the sky until there is no more room available. To make space, you can feed the available blocks to the monsters or match three of the same color to form a special combo. Combos are the heart of the game; the more combos you create the better your chances of getting a higher score.
Besides earning you a higher score, combos also straighten your tower. Feeding a combo to monsters activate their super powers (or "suupa poowa", as my inner geek would say) that you can use to your advantage. If a combo matches a monster's color, however, the monster will be swapped out, so you need to think about what combos to make. Combos can also be combined to create a more valuable combo, for example, three bronze combos will create a silver, three silvers will create a gold and three golds will create a diamond, the highest ranking combo.
The game continues as long as your tower stands, but the longer you play, the more difficult this mission gets. Ticking time bombs and unmovable concrete floors complicate the play, and monsters get more easily agitated as the game progresses. If you send your tower toppling, a Viking lady serenades the game's end with an opera number-- a play on the old expression, "it ain't over until the fat lady sings".
Besides the classic Endless Mode, Monsters Ate My Condo also offers a Time Attack mode, where you attempt to get as high of a score as possible in two minutes. If you're interested to get to know the cheerful monsters that hang around your condo, the app also has a section for that, aptly called "Meet the Monsters".
Why Monsters Ate My Condo is awesome
Monsters Ate My Condo is one of those fun, quick-paced game that you can play for two minutes or even two hours. The game is simple enough to understand that anyone can easily pick it up and play. You can play it in panic mode, where you make your moves without thinking too much about it. On the other hand, if you're more of a strategist, it's also possible to plan your combos ahead to achieve a higher score.
As an anime fan, I personally love the intentionally eye-searing colorful graphics and over-the-top sound effects-- I think they give the game a unique personality. The monsters are really cute-- the developer did a really great job designing them. The bio page is also hilarious. I would recommend you to read it when you have the time.
Last but not least, I love how the scoring system is so exaggerated that you can reach billions (and even trillions) of points. While playing with my friends, I found that this fuels a competition somehow. I guess there's something really prideful about being able to claim that you reached a score of "100 billions", definitely not something you see everyday in a game.
Quirky, fun and simple, Monsters Ate My Condo is an excellent game that you can enjoy on a two-minute or even two-hour break. If you're a casual gamer, I would highly recommend adding Monsters Ate My Condo to your game collection.