It’s not everyday you play a game with an aging boy band front man turned rainbow horned unicorn. In fact the idea of such a game probably sounds ridiculous, that is until I told you that Adult Swim Games was the creator of such a concoction. In fact, there is plenty of non-traditional elements in Monsters Ate My Condo (MAMC) which come as no surprise. MAMC is a puzzle game that is designed for an audience with the attention span of a Cocker Spaniel. This at first may seem counter intuitive, yet somehow Adult Swim Games hits the gameplay nail on the head creating a highly entertaining zany experience. Could we have expected any less?
Monsters At My Condo is a relatively simple puzzle game where you feed floors of a condo to one of two monsters that surround the building. There are a total of four different colors of condo floor and four different monsters which correlate with the various condo colors. You can feed any floor to any monster, but beware, feeding a color condo that doesn’t match the monster will anger them. If you deplete their happiness meter they will go all agro on the building and try to tear it down. If you manage to match three of the same color condo that corresponds to an active monster they will leave the building and a new monster will show up in their place.
In addition to the relatively simple color matching, there are also bonus blocks that appear. Feeding a monster one of these special bonus blocks will activate that monster’s unique special move. These range in abilities but help you manage the building or subside the monsters while you continue to swap out blocks. Once the building falls it’s game over and the fat lady enters to behold your demise.
Part of what keeps MAMC so entertaining is the experience the styling presents. With a heavy eastern styling, MAMC resembles an over the top Godzilla monster movie knockoff. It’s also loaded with ridiculousness from the asian finger puppet that helps you through the tutorial, to the over the top flashing graphics and animations. MAMC has enough blinking screens and loud noises to take an epileptic person for a ride to the moon and back.
The graphics of MAMC are relatively unique mixing both modern animations and silly characters with subtle hints of retro. Adult Swim Games has purposefully left many elements like fonts and sprites blocky in an effort to rekindle the old arcade feeling with this puzzle game. This actually suits the game rather well because a single play lasts about the length of a quarter in 1985. While not the most graphically advanced game in the world, MAMC is a well cultivated graphical experience.
MAMC is definitely entertaining for the $.99 Adult Swim Games is asking. If you’re a fan of Adult Swims shows then MAMC is a slam dunk purchase. If you aren’t, you may still actually really enjoy the game, but know that you’re in for a barrage of over zealous one line jokes that make no attempt at a greater meaning. Monsters Ate My Condo is an aggregation of one dimensional jokes that congeals into a nascent entity greater than the sum of it parts. Oh, and there’s rainbow barfing unicorns.