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9 Monkeys of Shaolin - Review

Kick, Jab and Smash to Avenge your fallen Village.

By: James Mitchell, on 16/10/2020.

9 Monkeys of Shaolin Trailer

For many of the older generation of gamers, you will be accustomed to the side scroller and feel a great nostalgia for it. 9 Monkeys of Shaolin does a grand job of utilizing what many would think is a dying genre, but alas the side scroller lives on.

Developed by Russian Game Studio Sobaka and published by Buka Entertainment and Koch Media blending together to make a masterpiece in the Unreal 4 engine.

9 Monkeys of Shaolin takes the players on an adventure taking charge of Wei Cheng, a local fisherman tasked with protecting his village against the evil Wokou pirates. After a battle with their leader, Cheng is rescued by an order of Shoalin Monks and taken back to their temple in order to heal. On recuperation, Wei Cheng is trained in the way of the monks and with these new abilities he will go forth and avenge his slain Grandfather and fallen villiage.

Playing out like a classic side scroller, reminiscent of Streets of Rage however its 3D movement can sometimes make it hard to aim your attacks at enemies. In your arsenal you have your trusted staff which you will have the opportunity to upgrade later along with other gear that will help you get stronger and faster and a range of abilities to master which can also be upgraded via the skill tree. On that note, regarding the skill tree it does poorly on indicating how many skill points are required for your upgraded skills.

During each mission you will face a variety of enemies, something you will be accustomed to if you grew up on side scrollers. To take down some of your foes, you will require to apply some strategy for example, parries to deflect projectiles and once you have got to the end of each chapter you will face off against the leader of the clan and with the victory come rewards in the form of new gear. 

Outside of missions you will be sent to the Monks home hub in the Southern Shoalin Temple. Here we can upgrade our gear, add skill point to our skill tree and even play multiplayer matches with friends or get ready for the next mission by consulting the map. If there was an area that you had missed, you have the opportunity to go back using the map function.

9 Monkeys Of Shaolin's colour pallet helps bring the world to life.

It may not be a groundbreaking 2.5D side scroller beat-em up but it does extremely well to stamp its mark with its solid action, witty writing and over all fun gameplay.