Daily iPhone App: Super Monsters Ate My Condo makes a great game even better
Monsters Ate My Condo, developed by PikPok and published by Adult Swim, has been one of my favorite games this year so far. It's a frenetic puzzle game that has you tossing apartment blocks into the various hungry mouths of gigantic monsters, trying to stack up the right colors and earn points all over a very weird, but wild, aesthetic. And yesterday, Adult Swim surprised us with a re-release of the game, this time called Super Monsters Ate My Condo.
The Super version leaves the basic core gameplay intact, but while the original version has an "endless mode" included, this one sticks with only the timed mode, and instead builds a more addictive progression backend on to the game. Now, you earn coins by playing and scoring, and those coins can go back into "boosts," which help your multiplier and your bonuses, or hats for the monsters, which help you with each different bonus as well.
Obviously, these coins can also be purchased with real money, which might make you guess that this is just a freemium money grab. And while that could be true, it actually works without extra in-app purchases: The progression system (along with a Jetpack Joyride-style goals system and a wheel of prizes at the end of each round) actually make the game a little more grounded and interesting to play. You'll want to keep the first copy of the game on your phone for that endless mode, but Super Monsters Ate My Condo does add a whole new dimension of addictiveness to what was already a great game. It's available on the App Store now for just $0.99.
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