Review: Banana Bliss Jungle Puzzles

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Discover the dense jungle trails with Morris the monkey and gather all the scattered hearts on Paradise Island for his beloved sweetheart Molly. Swing, run and climb through the jungle canopy, by-passing and destroying dangerous critters from spiked urchins to poisonous snails that will try to get in your way!

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Pros:

  • Good solid graphics with really good 3D implementation. Going for a more basic feel, The graphics are not intrusive and easy on the eye.
  • Puzzle game in the sense that to rescue your love, You must avoid enemies, hit blocks, use fan and much more within the levels. All whilst collecting all the hearts within the level.
  • Each level has a hidden banana that once collected allows you to make a locally stored video replay of your level run through. Earning a banana also unlocks bonus levels if enough are collected.
  • Over 300 levels are in the game so the content is defiantly there.
  • Levels are broken up into worlds and then into strips. Earn x amount of bananas in a strip to unlock a bonus level. You can jump between worlds so if you ever fancy a change it is all but a click away.
  • Controls are basic with only the d pad/analogue stick being used for the majority of the game. The buttons act more as a quick restart trigger.
  • Tutorials littered through out so you always feel like you know whats going on.
  • Music is not too bad and has a certain charm to it.
  • The levels are designed and grouped together in such a  way that novices and experts can both get something from the game.
  • You can zoom in on the level to make precise moves/jumps a bit easier.
  • The price point, For a game with this much content to be cheaper than a pint of beer, That says a lot.

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Cons:

  • Could really do with a robust online leaderboard so players can showcase their clear times and scores.
  • Options are view credits or view story. No other options at all.
  • As you would expect it has a few difficulty hikes but with the ability to swap levels on demand, This isnt much of an issue.
  • The saving of replays is a cool feature but as you cannot upload them or even share them, They are kind of redundant.

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In Summary, For a budget game it is a surprisingly deep and rewarding. I found best results were to dive in for a few levels like you would with cross words. Later on thew levels really push your brain power. Finishing most levels are easy though and you can rack up some seriously good times, But the true expert ignores that and goes for the hidden bananas! They are devilishly hard. Dont let the graphics or theme put you off, The game is a clever little thing and you will get many,many hours of enjoyment from it.

 

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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