9 Monkeys of Shaolin

Rating Summary

Based on 19 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

47%

Critics Recommend

Based on 19 critic reviews
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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2020

What 9 Monkeys of Shaolin lacks in typical beat 'em up fashion it more than makes up for with a dynamite combat system. The 5 hour campaign may feel a bit short, but replay-ability and co-op modes offer good value for the purchase. 9 Monkeys of Shaolin is a great pick fans of the genre, or anyone wanting to get the best gameplay simulation of 70's Kung Fu movies. Don't let the terrible name put you off!

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6 / 10
Oct 21, 2020

There is a lot of care that went into 9 Monkeys of Shaolin, but the lack of a bigger budget and experience on development team sadly stops this game from achieving it's full potential. If you find the genre somewhat appealing, definitely give this thing a try when it eventually goes on sale.

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9.5 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2020

An illustrious tale of a Chinese fisherman seeking revenge quickly escalates to something not entirely of this world. Travel across China with a band of monks, fight pirates with old school beat 'em up action, and even play local or online co-op!

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75 / 100
Oct 21, 2020

A game like 9 Monkeys of Shaolin is appreciated. The usual forms in the woodland runners, an adventurous touch, interesting visual variety, and the Chinorri martial arts cinema as a great backdrop for the story, setting and playable presentation. Fun, with a slightly special rhythm and combat, and a grateful local and online two-player mode. Lovers of action and spanking, we are happy this year.

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9 / 10
Oct 15, 2020

9 Monkeys of Shaolin is a great beat-em-up with excellent combat and a strong presentation. It won't take you very long but it's a blast while it lasts.

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7.4 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2020

9 Monkeys of Shaolin is a fun take on the beat'em up genre.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2020

9 Monkeys of Shaolin is a nostalgic look back at old-school beat em' up games that is improved by charming visuals and light RPG mechanics.

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6.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2020

2020 has been a good year for beat 'em up games in general. There has been a handful of good and mediocre games in this genre and 9 Monkeys of Shaolin is one of those mediocre ones. The art style is great and the animations are smooth and enjoyable to watch. Unfortunately gameplay and especially Co-Op mode are plagued by number of technical issues. Although 9 Monkeys of Shaolin can be fun, but it doesn't add anything new to the genre.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2020

9 Monkeys of Shaolin isn’t the best beat ‘em up to release this year but it’s a pretty darn solid one. It very much nails the time period it’s set in and it’s got a great combat system with some fun upgrades to earn. It isn’t the prettiest game and some of the voice acting and combat sections are bit hit or miss. If you’re a fan of old Chinese kung fu movies or just want a fun beat ‘em up to play with a friend online or locally then you should give this one a try.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2020

The growth in combat complexity was not only satisfying, but the various upgrades and equips allowed multiple strategies and approaches to levels that were surprisingly robust. There's a beauty to the clean but vibrant backdrops and interstitial drawings. 9 Monkeys of Shaolin is a rewarding beat-em-up that belongs in every fan's library.

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