I’m sure you’ll all agree that there’s nothing more relaxing and satisfying than spending an afternoon hurling innocent monkeys around through trees – occasionally at bananas but more often than not head-first into the nearest tree or obstacle before watching them plummet to the ground… okay, so it’s not everyone, it must just be me! Well, if I’m not the only one, then Chimpact may just be the game for you…!
Stripping the game down to basics, it’s a visually stunning platform puzzler where you take control of one of a group of chimps who have to climb up through branches of a series of trees to be reunited with his (or her) family awaiting them at the tree top. Despite their inherent agility and wonderous climbing skills, it’s not as straightforward as it sounds as the only way you can make your way up is by using the unusually elasticated branches and leaves you find on your way up and using them to catapault the hapless simian upwards.
Along the way you can aim your chimp into bunches of bananas for bonus points while ensuring that your hairy friend avoids all of the obstacles and other jungle creatures that are in your way so it’s not as easy as it sounds although the game’s learning curve allows you to get to grips with the play style and game’s controls easily enough as you move through the earlier stages.
Visually, the style is incredibly reminiscent of the rendered graphics from Donkey Kong Country (which is no bad thing) but it’s the simple but addictive gameplay and humour that keeps you glued to the game. It’s great fun and will keep you coming back over and over again… what more could you ask for?
Developer: Yippee Entertainment
PlayStation TV Compatible: No