Pixeljunk Monsters (Game/PSN)
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  • There are endless control schemes that make use of every button on the controller, and this creates an experience that can oftentimes be overwhelming for some
  • It can be incredibly hard, and comes down to trial and error a lot of the time as you try to figure out the best places to place towers

    • by Redeyedfacade
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      Games have become so complicated to play these days. There are endless control schemes that make use of every button on the controller, and this creates an experience that can oftentimes be overwhelming for some. Not only this, but this kind of thing seems out of place with many of today’s games, having such complicated controls for games that are no more intellectually complex than a game of tic tak toe really can take you right out of the game, and honestly, just seems kind of silly when you think about it. Thank God this new surge of independent and small game studious has become so prolific in recent times. We are seeing a lot of simpler, fun to play games that are usually sold on the PC and console gaming networks. Among these developers is the great Pixeljunk, and among their best games is called Monsters. PJ Monsters is pretty much a standard tower defense game, tasking you with building tower defenses out of trees to defend your flock from attacking monsters.

      The gameplay is highly simple, you build defenses, upgrade your defenses, and hope that monster do not make it by. However, the game is insanely difficult, and proper strategy for each level is key. The graphics are simple, but nice to look at, and the sound is equally as simply pleasant as the visuals. This game is a great example of a simple game that is complex in its difficulty, and of how a game can be simple yet hard to master fully at the same time.

      As a tower defense game, the gameplay itself could not be much simpler. In each level, you have a flock you have to defend, and you do so by building defense towers where trees are. These defenses range from catapults and cannons, to laser guns and electricity shooters. You go to a tree, spend the coins you collect from defeated enemies on building the defense tower of your choice, then let it do its work. While the level plays out, you can upgrade your towers by standing ...


      • next to them and dancing, which is kind of silly but fun none the less. Overall, there is nothing about the gameplay in this game that will shock anyone, least of which any gamer who has tried his or her hand at a tower defense game at any point in the past. It is very simple, but really hard to get really good at as well.

        That is where this game shines. Proper strategy is incredibly important if you want to actually make it to the end of this game. At first you can get by just by building whatever kind of tower you want anywhere you want to build it. however, as the game progresses, you have to start learning exactly which tower to build where, where to upgrade your towers, which new towers to unlock, and how to do all this while making sure no enemies get bye. It can be incredibly hard, and comes down to trial and error a lot of the time as you try to figure out

        the best places to place towers. Many time this can lead you to replay the same level over and over until you get it right.

        This is also this game’s biggest flaw, it is just too hard. In single player mode, it is almost impossible to beat certain levels simply because you don’t have the time and resources to build and upgrade what you need in time to actually stop the monsters. It is easier with a second player, as they can just continuously upgrade everything while you do everything else, but even then it is still too difficult. Being hard is one thing, but being near impossible for the single player is just a bit too much.

        All in all though, this game is great fun. It is very simple, but it can get your heart racing even faster than the most violent video games. It’s simplicity is really its shining point, and is a great example of how well a simple game can play. Too bad the difficulty is a hair short of impossible sometimes, though.




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