Game review: ‘Monkey Post’ will make you miss your football playing childhood

by | Dec 7, 2016

Game makers, ChopUp have a new game out and it is called Monkey Post. Although the Monkey Post game is not yet available for download, we got a sneak preview for our readers.

Background

Five aside football is a variation of the sport usually played on artificial grass in an enclosed mini pitch. It is popular the world over, but the Monkey Post name tag is reminiscent of childhood days playing football in Nigeria.

Unofficial football games were tagged “monkey post” because of the closeness of the goal posts. This is understandable as Chop Up has made some of the best culturally themed games from these parts, games like Oya Run, Chicken  Escape and Jagun: Clash of Kingdoms among others.

Nostalgic connections or not, I wondered if this game was really up to par. Here is my experience with it.

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Gameplay

The first screen that pops up on the Monkey Post game is an assortment of options to choose from. These options include building a team, the kind of matches you wish to play, a score board and settings.

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For starters, I chose an exhibition match between my Team and a sturdy Ikorodu United to get a general feel of Monkey Post and how its played.

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But that turned out to be unnecessary as the gameplay is pretty easy. The directional onscreen buttons are used to move the players around field during play. On the right hand side of the screen, the “A” button functions as both a tackler and to shoot the ball. While the “B’ button is for long passes across the field of play.

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Interface and Experience

The game design and interface is beautifully laid out in bright yellow. Monkey Post also has an uncommon feature; a tiny little red button that lets a player completely exit the game.

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In their usual style of programming games the African way ChopUp worked the user experience of the Monkey Post game in a completely relatable manner.

When the game is paused, the “Chicken Out” button that apparently replaced exit is one example of this.

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With names like Surulere Allstars, Ikorodu FC, and Ikeja Warriors, the  fixtures look like something out of the Nigerian Premier Football League(NPFL) tables.

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Monetization

As a new player, I needed to enhance my players, train them and buy accessories for them.

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And these in-app purchases are ChopUp’s monetization strategy. Coins and golden boots cost ₦100 apiece.

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In monetizing Jagun; Clash Of Kingdoms, ChopUp put the currency for in-app purchases in dollars, but with the Monkey Post game, purchases can be made in naira.

The game is still in private testing and we would let you know as soon as it is available for download.

Victor Ekwealor
Victor Ekwealor

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