Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake Review
- Great cartoon presentation
- Tight puzzle design
- Lots of different powers and solutions
- Deaths on longer puzzles can frustrate
- Despite cartoonish appearance it gets monstrously hard
Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake is a charming and beautiful puzzler that will keep you joyously entertained throughout.
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It was great being a kid. We could talk to our dog in the street without people thinking were crazy, and on our birthday we could eat cake for breakfast without feeling guilty. Its this sense of wonder and delight that Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake instantly awakens - except, as the name suggests, there will be no cake because monsters have stolen it.
Taking control of a young boy named Niko, you follow your trusty dachshund Bazooka in search of your missing cake. The innocent story supported by well judged audio and visual design, which frame the journey with an infectious level of joy.
Your quest is divided into puzzle mazes. Tracing a line from your hero guides him around the maps, while double-tapping makes him drag and push items into place, clearing paths and activating buttons.
At first Niko alone is enough to make it past the game’s challenges, but it doesn't take long until you need a little help. Though monsters may be the cause of your problems they aren’t all bad, and it doesn't take long for you to begin recruiting a variety of beasties to help.
There are a good range of these friendly creatures, all with unique powers to help you navigate levels. Their abilities range from smashing through trees to producing a shrill cry that shatter crystals or stuns evil monsters. Guiding Niko and up to three of his allies at a time, you soon find yourself juggling multiple abilities to solve puzzles.
Each puzzle feels intelligent and fresh as you work out how to use the various tools on offer to reach your goal. It is only on a few of the longer puzzles that issues begin to aries. On these more expansive stages there are monsters that are able to kill Niko and his allies, bringing your current attempt to an end and forcing you to replay monotonous sections of the map.
That niggle aside, Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake is a beautiful puzzle game with a cute story and equally cute characters. While it may frustrate at times, it manages to pull off the impressive feat of making you feel like a child and a genius in a single moment.
Description"Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake is one of my favorite games of the year."
"All of this is merely the bursting-at-the-seams personality of MAMBC. The gameplay itself is just as flawless..."
Warning: This game is crammed full of monsters, cake, amazing powers, puzzly bits, epic adventure, witty repartee, secret paths, unlockable characters, silly hats & a wiener dog. Use caution if you are allergic to fun or overly sensitive to cake-related pathos.
ADVENTURE… EXCLAMATION POINT!
As so many of these things do, it all begins on a magical island. In this case, Gogapoe Island, a place populated by both humans & monsters. What starts out as a mission to get back Niko's birthday cake becomes a quest for the fate of Gogapoe itself. But, ya know, cake is still super important, too!
Oodles of friendly monsters will join Niko's quest & use their kooky powers to demolish obstacles & humiliate enemies. Hordes of evil monsters will cause mayhem & generally be jerkfaces, but that's nothing you can't fix with headbutts, frost breath, stink clouds & rainbow barf.
EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN MUSCLE!
Even with powerful amigos at your side, you're gonna need your thinking cap to get past these cerebrum-tingling environmental puzzles. And did we mention the bonus challenges that give you these really swell stars? You like stars, don't you?
IT NEVER HURTS TO HELP!
If side quests are your jam, Gogapoe is packed with people—& monsters—in need of roadside assistance. Send a little love their way, & you might discover hidden paths, unlock extra levels or earn unique swag, including special costumes that give Niko nifty powers of his own!
SWEET TOUCH CONTROLS!
With innovative touch controls so buttery smooth they could grease a cake pan, it's never been easier to manage a crew of big, hairy behemoths. Just draw a path, & they'll follow your instructions to a T, even if you swap to another monster to cue up a different action.
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK BY DISASTERPEACE!
If all these weren't enough, the icing on this big ol' cake is 60 sweet minutes of original music written by composer extraordinaire, Disasterpeace. It's like dessert for your ears!
Save the day & fulfill your monstrous cakelust all at once in MONSTERS ATE MY BIRTHDAY CAKE!
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What's New in Version 1.2.1** We wrapped up the bug that was preventing the holiday levels from opening at the right time. Codger's house should unlock correctly now, so jump in there and see what the old elf wants! **
To make your holidays even happier, here's our rad gift to you: a brand-new content update!
• Meet Codger the Elf, a weird old guy in Powder Peaks who needs Niko's help in a new island-spanning quest
• Conquer brain-shivering new levels to find all the missing presents
• Earn a brand-new costume for Niko if you've got enough holiday moxie to finish Codger's quest