Monkey Quest is a Free to Play Kids MMO from Nickelodeon that offers a safe, moderated and friendly environment that offers adults and children alike the chance to experience the first steps in the world of the MMO.
Try to imagine, for a moment, that you’re playing Donkey Kong on your Super Nintendo. If you’re an old dude like me, then you’re probably about 5 or 6 years right now. It the perfect game to grind your teeth on. It quick to learn, but hard to master. It complex, but not overly complicated. And best of all, it full on monkeys!
“You’re swinging through the treetops, jumping on crazy enemies, collecting bananas…”
Chances are you’re in heaven right about now. You’re swinging through the treetops, jumping on crazy enemies, collecting bananas and, quite possibly, playing alongside a friend. But after a while, you begin to get a little bored. You start wondering what it would be like if the world was filled with other monkeys, perhaps thousands of them, all controlled by other players. You begin to wonder what it would be like if you could customise your character; if you could equip new weapons and armour; if you could complete quests and gain experience that would make your monkey stronger and give you access to new areas.
Welcome to Monkey Quest, the latest and greatest in child-friendly gaming from Nickelodeon. Designed to incorporate the basic ‘platformer’ concepts of Mario and Donkey Kong into a safe and moderated online environment, Monkey Quest succeeds where many others have failed. It does so, simply put, because it fun.
The World of Ook, as it were, was once a peaceful place ruled by the Monkey King. Until the evil Shadow Demon, Ka, attacked and”¦ I can’t really remember the specifics, but he died, and so did the Monkey King. Or they vanished, or something. Anyway, this is all common knowledge to the average Monkey Quest player, as it incorporated into a particularly awesome cutscene at the beginning of the game.
“That when the ‘MMORPG’ elements begin to kick in full-swing…”
Immediately following said cutscene, you’ll be given the chance to customise your own monkey using a small palette of colour and style variations, and then immediately dropped into the World of Ook. From there, you’ll play through a short tutorial level designed to give you a feel for the (rather terrible) controls, and the general playstyle of the game.
That when the ‘MMORPG’ elements begin to kick in full-swing (geddit?); you’ll eventually arrive in a small town and be given your first weapon and quest, then send head-first into the world of Monkey Quest gain experience, items and a better understanding of a new range of gameplay elements, including boss fights and multiplayer modes.
Add to that the inclusion of a bunch of awesome Nickelodeon features like SpongeBob Squarepants themed backpacks, and the overall polish and quality that only Nickelodeon can provide, and you’ve got yourself a winner. If you’re looking for a free, safe, suitable game for kids, or if you’re really just a big kid yourself, Monkey Quest is more than worth a moment of your time. And remember, it a browser game, so you can start playing in less than one minute.
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