9 Monkeys Of Shaolin Review (Steam)

9 Monkeys Of Shaolin Review

The true rebirth of iconic beat ’em up genre in vein of old-school video games! As a simple Chinese fisherman Wei Cheng you have to avenge the death of your friends and family slaughtered in a pirate raid at your peaceful village.


  • Decent graphics.
  • Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution, v-sync, anti-aliasing, shadows, motion blur, post-processing quality and graphics presets.
  • Four difficulties-novice, Warrior, master, and legend.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Can skip the cutscenes.
  • Opening tutorial pop-ups.
  • Action fighting gameplay.
  • Co-op mode-local or online. You can turn friendly fire on or off.
  • Combo counter.
  • Combat feels heavy and meaty. You can do quick, slow, hard attacks, dodge attacks, and fly into enemies to start an attack or block to deflect.
  • The main hub for level select, weapons, and gear along with setting up Co-op play.
  • End of the level breakdown on performance.
  • Skill tree-kick/slash and thrust trees to unlock new attacks and buffs. You will eventually unlock new trees for new attack styles.
  • World map level select.
  • Can sometimes choose which missions to take.
  • Weapons-they give buffs and/or buffs and each one is unique and can be freely equipped.
  • Skill points are handed out as rewards and used for the skill trees.
  • Some really nice locations.
  • Secret Collectibles to find which in turn unlock secrets/cheats for the game like big head mode, new costumes, etc.
  • Green tea-used to heal. Press once for a one time use or hold to fill up all the way.
  • Enemies give a tell when shooting or doing a heavy attack.
  • Breakable objects in the world like crates or chopping down trees.
  • Big boss fights.
  • Fast loading times.

9 Monkeys Of Shaolin Review


  • Rebind only shows the keyboard but does recognize the controller.
  • The mouse cursor stays on the screen when using the controller.
  • How to play is just a picture of the controller layout.
  • Slow starter.
  • Combat can get tedious when dealing with multiple enemies.
  • Can be hard to judge deflecting shots.
  • Green tea pickups don’t carry over from level to level.
  • Slow animation for drinking green tea.
  • Bullet sponge boss fights.

9 Monkeys Of Shaolin Review

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10


So 9 Monkeys Of Shaolin is a beat em up game that definitely uses the same energy as the fighting games of yesteryear like Streets of Rage or Final Fight in that you have a limited 3d play area and go around beating up dudes and smashing boxes for food. It’s also a game that excels in the combat space as it has some very interesting ideas from player customisation of attacks to how fluid and smooth it all performs. I’m not a huge fan of the actual game as it’s very one-note, go here beat up dudes then walk a bit then fight then walk than fight then end. It’s an experience not that alien but just repetitive and kinda dull. I stayed with the game though as I wanted to carry on creating my character, it took a bit of learning it must be said bit the combat is very slick, Its an action film with style and is generally worth checking out.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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