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EyeToy Monkey Mania


EyeToy: Monkey Mania (also known as Saru Eye Toy Oosawagi: Wakki Waki Game Tenkomori!! in Asia, Japan, and Korea) is a party game that requires the EyeToy camera to play. It is based on Ape Escape and the monkeys in the game are guided through 50 minigames. Up to four players can play together.




EyeToy Monkey Mania



Like previous Eye Toy games, between one and four players can play at a time, it's just that you are now a monkey (face it, cute monkeys have been a hit since the Donkey Kong days) and will be playing against other monkeys. First each player must set up (name) their monkey, which is a bit time consuming, as the letter controls are clumsy to manipulate.


We arbitrarily picked one called The Great Escape. There is a short blurb to read through first that explains each mini-game - this one involved herding monkeys through a gate down to the river to jump on a raft. No problem, except that after playing it three times, none of the players were able to get a monkey going in the right direction, let alone on a raft to freedom.


So on to the next mini-game - Buoyant Balloon. This time you were supposed to create an air current to get the monkey to float through a cave without touching wall spikes or lava. Again three players, three rounds - zero points.


On to Deep Sea Driver, which was essentially Buoyant Balloon played under water - still no points or joy. Perhaps we just weren't flapping our arms wildly enough yet, but the youngest among us was getting more than a little upset at our total failure. Surely this was not what the Japanese programmers of those cheeky monkeys had in mind?


The mother in me was concerned by two games called Hide the Banana and Smack the Monkey. Hmm. Turns out Hide the Banana requires all players to play simultaneously as the monkeys try to eat as many bananas in class before the teacher turns around from the black board to zap them. In Smack the Monkey, a monkey runs up and points his bum at the screen. You must brush all the soiled dirt off his shorts, then smack his bum to send him on his way so you can get to the next monkey. Not very politically correct, but the kids thought it was mildly humorous.


You can then use the points you earn to set traps and obstacles for your competition, or to take short-cuts to advance your monkey to higher levels of the board game. It's not initially clear what item you should buy, exactly where you're headed on the map, or how you're managing to win or lose points, but that becomes clearer as you play along and the board game does add another level of involvement and strategy to the Eye Toy franchise.


EyeToy: Monkey Mania (also known as Saru Eye Toy Oosawagi: Wakki Waki Game Tenkomori!! in Asia, Japan, and Korea) is a party game that requires the EyeToy camera to play. It is based on Ape Escape and the monkeys in the game are guided through 50 minigames. Up to four players can play together. The game is available with a silver camera or without for those who may already have the EyeToy.


Finally, there's just enough room to mention EyeToy: Monkey Mania, an EyeToy Ape Escape tie-in with absolutely tons of monkey mini-games, and isometric curiosity Rayman: Hoodlums' Revenge on GBA. The latter presumably being a simulation of what happens to a guy standing around minding his own business after continually using his weekly new releases column as a soapbox for rants about people who say "bling", put neon lights under their cars and took the "Stupid Spoiled Whore" episode of South Park seriously. Yep, ow.


Saru Eye Toy takes its theme from SCE's Ape Escape series, featuring the popular SCE mascot monkeys in a collection of minigames. The game is set up as a board game, with moves determined via a spinner. Thirty mini games are included, playable by up to four people -- only one Eye Toy camera is required for multiple players! 041b061a72


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