Monkey King: Master of the Clouds

Starfish-SD Inc., Retroism

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Monkey King: Master of the Clouds

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Available on:PCSep 14, 2018
PlayStation 4Nov 15, 2018
Nintendo SwitchSep 6, 2018
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Starfish-SD Inc.

Publisher: Retroism

Genre: Action

A huge Japanese coin-op hit developed by HOT-B in 1989, the game was later renamed Cloud Master when released outside Japan on the Sega Master System. It subsequently appeared on NES, and the PC Engine. This upgraded release of the original arcade version includes HD ready elements by developer Starfish-SD, the company formed by the original HOT-B development team. For the first time in the series history, you can tag in a friend and soar across China with a friend in local Co-op.  There’s nothing more retro-classic than sharp pixel art, effortlessly rendered in HD. Enjoy the aesthetic that made this game a retro hit. Enemies drop Power-ups that allow you to fly faster and shoot harder. Defeat Mid-Boss enemies and gain access to a special attack shop that unlocks devastating abilities. Explore 5 stages of mythical landscapes, and fight against legendary creatures based on classic Chinese Folklore. Live, worldwide leaderboards for both single player and Co-op.

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If you're looking for an old-school infused shoot ‘em up on PlayStation 4 at a budget price, then Monkey King: Master of the Clouds is definitely going to scratch that itch. The game is much easier to play with two players on board since they both share a single total lives count and as long as one of the players remains alive, the other can rejoin the fight after a 10 second countdown, which is different from how you take on this one if you're playing on your own.

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If you ever see a monkey floating around on a cloud then you should slap him to prevent any more of these games from being made.

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Monkey King is by far the most barebones retro game port I have seen on the Switch next to D/Generation. Save for handy online leaderboards and the option to increase your lives, there’s little else of importance to speak of, from a locked border, a great (but also locked) display option, no DIP switch or difficulty changes, or really anything extra that could have made this port more worth it such as a gallery or new levels, this is a really disappointing release with quite a bit of balance issues.

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