I stumbled across Monster Burner by Ubisoft this week and I’ve found it occupying a lot of my free time. Basically you fling, sliding your finger across the screen, fireballs at monsters that are coming down the screen. If you tap and hold your finger before flinging the fireball, the fireball gets larger. As you progress through the game, different types of creatures march their way down the screen. Some you destroy for points, some produce points or hearts, and some put out your fire. There are some that look like princesses and if you accidentally burn those, you lose one of your hearts.
There are multiple types of power ups that you can purchase with coins. Of course, you can use real money to buy the game coins so you can get the power ups. It’s a bit tempting because the levels get pretty difficult fairly quickly.
You can purchase either single use items or permanent upgrades with the in-game coins…
Single use: Slow potion, Fire wall, Fire wave
Upgrades: Extra life, Fireball Size, Rebounds, increased firewall length
Entertainment Value 3.5/5
The game is pretty fun and has kept me entertained for a couple hours. I find that I like the type of game that will allow me to earn the in-game money, even if it takes me a long time. This is not a mentally challenging game though. There are a few bits of strategy to use so you can get the highest number of monster kills with a single shot but it’s not puzzle solving. For a quick, easy game, it fits the bill.
Ease of Use 4/5
The controls are very simple – during the game you tap and fling or you tap, hold and fling (for the larger fireballs). Navigating the various menus outside the normal game play is mostly straightforward too. I think I accidentally ‘bought’ a slow potion by tapping on it when I meant to tap and drag. There wasn’t a confirmation so I’m not 100% sure.
While the game is easy to understand, some levels can be difficult. Plus, you have to earn a certain level of points before you can move on to the more advanced levels. This can be a challenge. It requires you to build up coins so you can buy the upgrades which help you earn the higher scores.
Likelihood of Replay 4/5
I will keep this in list of active games and I’ll be sharing with my kids who like iPhone/iPod touch gaming too.
Graphics and Sound 4/5
The graphics are great and the sounds effects work quite well. There’s a bit of a pinball feel to some of them and the whoosh of the fireballs is pretty cool. The monsters and the icons all look good on the iPhone retina display.
Great sound and graphics and easy game play make this a fun addition to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch game collection. As a bonus the game is efficient on size at 47.9 MB. (note: If you’re low on space, please be sure to see my article on the Seagate GoFlex Satellite.) Go torch some monsters!
Where to get it
It’s on sale for FREE right now (normally 2.99)