Astromonkey’s Revenge Review –

If you’ve always wanted to strap a jet pack to your back and cross an alien planet to become the greatest hero who ever lived, hop aboard the Willy Train and prepare for an unprecedented adventure.  Willy Jetman shows aliens with eyes on ropes, overcrowded garbage trucks, a flying fish, a magic spell, a crazy monkey and the most boring hero of all: Astromonkey’s revenge.

By boredom, I mean more restraint.  Willie’s not the smartest guy, but he’s a lazy street sweeper who knows how to use a lot of guns.  Gladys, a recycling spacecraft, took him to a distant planet called Gravos to recover the debris from a terrible accident. Willie talks about Gladys like she’s a garbage truck, and that’s the attitude she has. Willie is equipped with a machine gun and his courage is fueled by his crazy mind.  But he ends up acquiring a zealous mind, and you have to help him save the natives by killing other natives.  You need to earn enough resources to buy weapons, which you can find in caves, mines, forts and waterways.  There are many hidden places to discover and places to explore.

I know this game falls into the category of adventure games, but it has many aspects of Metroidvania.  These are maps where you can level up Willy, earn new weapons and items, and go anywhere you don’t run out of items.  It’s not what I would call an extremely difficult game like Hollow Knight, but it kicks your ass pretty often and boss fights can be excruciatingly hard.  One of them in particular keeps sucking you to the boss, while the smaller creatures just bombard you to the point where you need to hunt to upgrade your weapons.  So if you’re looking for a challenge, you’ll find it here.

There’s a lot to be said for the learning curve in games.  This one has a very short learning curve when it comes to the controls, but what can make it difficult for you is mastering the Willy jetpack so you can hover where you want to shoot the creatures that are attacking you.  They activated it the right way, and at first I thought I would put the buttons back.  After about an hour of playing, I found that using the default key scheme and working with it worked very well.  At first I was a little frustrated because I was pressing the wrong button to shoot.  I also accidentally pressed the wrong button and activated mine to blow myself up.

If you die, you will be sent back to the last rescue point and lose all progress made up to that point.  It’s really in your best interest to get to the rescue point as soon as possible after doing something difficult, because it’s happened more than once that I’ve died after a boss fight because I didn’t take the time to get my health back to the rescue point.  In fact, the backup system is exactly the same as in Castlevania: Symphony of the night.  This game reminds me of the fun I had the first time I played this great classic.  Remember, it’s a completely different experience, but there are still many things that made SotN one of my favorite games.

The graphics are supposed to be a style of pixel art, and they are very colorful; I would even say very beautiful.  We’re not talking about Bloodstain-like images here: The ritual of the night.  But comparing apples to oranges is just as good.  The character design is brilliant, and there’s a wide range of enemies you can fight to earn the title of Galactic Hero.  I’ve never noticed a delay at any level, and everything is going very well.  When you enter a new part of the world, the delay is less than a second and you are immediately taken to the next area.

Well, anyone who has prepared my previous reviews where the game has good music knows that I absolutely love video game soundtracks. Often, if the music is really good, but the gameplay is kind of bad, I congratulate the game for the soundtrack.  This game has some of the most memorable music I’ve heard in a long time.  This is not an orchestral symphony that will make you cry.  I’m talking about fun, bubbly tunes that make you want to hum them, and they start to stay with you even when you’re not playing.  Very, very good. The game is good, but the music makes it almost perfect.

Speaking of games: The controls are very strict.  The gravity mechanic works very well in comparison to the jetpack.  The controls are very good. If you jump off the jetpack just before shooting, you’ll shoot a lot faster.  This can help you get out of the many pitfalls and strengthen your combat strategy. You can literally feel the urge to float, just away from the spiky objects and the terribly hot lava.  There are evil barriers that architects have invented to make you angry. They’re going to fight the boss and say it’s not that hard.  The next one might end up in an asylum. A few times I cursed so hard that my poor puppy ran into the next room.

I have a minor complaint that could be corrected with the update. Once you have equipped your mines, you have a counter that tells you how much you have left.  By killing the enemies around you, you will be rewarded for killing as many people as possible using the combo system.  This combined counter is located directly behind the remaining ammunition list.  Since it’s probably as easy to fix as the mistakes the quarterback made in the Super Bowl, I doubt it will take much time.

If you’re looking for a slightly less frustrating experience than Hollow Knight and you like the Metroidvania play style, this game should keep you entertained for hours. Willy has a lighthearted story, liveliness, funny music and a good laugh or two. Sometimes a game can bore me very quickly, but this one has me begging for more, and I can’t wait to play it while I’m at work or doing adult things I don’t want to do.

Willie Jetman: Astromonkey Revenge Review
  • Charts – 9/10
  • Sound – 10/10
  • Gameplay – 9/10
  • Last call – 9/10


Final thoughts : EXAMPLES

The near perfect combination of action-adventure and Metroidvania style makes this game a must for lovers of side-scrolling games, platform jumping games and level games like Castlevania : Symphony of the Night and Metroid.  There’s a lot of fun to be had even if you don’t like these types of games, because Jetpack really adds a level of fun that you can’t get with a triple jump.

Jay has been an avid gamer since the days of intelligence.  His hobbies include building personal computers, 3D modeling and printing, and spending time with his kids and dog.


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