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Overall, I like this adaptation of the Chinese story of the Monkey King. It plays smoothly and without any type of lag that I saw. Combat flowed smoothly, and the combat system was simple enough for even a young kid to learn. For $39.99 USD you get a good story which is important for games. We don't get enough games with a good story nowadays, and I am glad this is one of them.
For a movie tie-in, Monkey King: Hero is Back does a great job of both replicating the experience and enhancing the story with new scenes and narrative. Sure, the combat and movements are slower than we are used to these days, and there is a lot of loading (despite it being very short), but after a while, I found myself used to it and not bothered by the slower gameplay and more relaxed experience. As you grow, both emotionally and physically, throughout the story, you’ll bond with the characters right until the final conclusion. It has its flaws, but I personally really enjoyed this Journey to the West adaptation.
A very charming adventure reminiscent of the first PlayStation platformers... In both the good and the bad things. Monkey King: Hero Is Back captures the essence of the film it is based on, and although it is not revolutionary, it manages to be fun until the very end.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
If you want a unique action-adventure game which is enjoyable and recalls your memories from old action-adventures,then Monkey King Hero is Back could be a good choice for you to play with its nice combat system and adventure elements. Also the game has issues like empty world and repetative level design, but in the end it can entertain you for some hours
Review in Persian | Read full review
Monkey King: Hero Is Back is a fan-based action game that brings back a lot of classic plot of the remarkable original CG movie. However, the gameplay is far from decent, and it looks out of date.
Review in Chinese | Read full review
By keeping simplicity at its core, Monkey King: Hero Is Back offers an entertaining if somewhat mindless distraction to the blockbuster titles releasing around it. Sure, it's a little bit too short, the narrative isn't particularly gripping, and it looks like an early PS3 game, but that all falls by the wayside in the heat of battle. Thanks to fun brawling mechanics, Monkey King: Hero Is Back does just enough to deserve your attention.
I enjoyed a fair amount of what this game had to offer, but the limited, claustrophobic nature of much of the navigation, coupled with slow movement, poor story, and extremely limited enemy types, make it a harder sell.
Honestly, I don't regret the time I spent with Monkey King: Hero is Back. Is it a great game? No, not really. I'd struggle to even call it good at times. However, it's a bizarre and sort of charming throwback title that seems to have been made in a completely different era. In a way, I found myself nostalgic for it even when I wasn't totally enjoying the experience. If you're looking for that kind of game, then you may actually find something worth checking out here. Just keep your expectations in check.
As a whole, Monkey King: Hero Is Back has some nice features, although the overall game ruined by some very bad gameplay design. Not to mention the combat is shoddy and not even enjoyable. Sure the game looks pretty, but the repetitive and mundane gameplay ruins the experience.
Monkey King: Hero is Back leaves much to be desired, it lacks the challenge and a decent story with some weird decisions design-wise, it may be a good game for younger audiences, but at a lower price point though.
Review in Arabic | Read full review
For what feels like a game from the PS2 era given a lick of current-gen paint, Monkey King: Hero is Back isn’t half bad. It’s a bit simple, so it’s never going to excite in the same way that God of War or Devil May Cry V does, but that doesn’t mean some won’t get a decent amount of enjoyment out of it.
I was legit impressed by some of the production values in Monkey King Hero is Back, especially the animation and how they marry that aspect with the combat, but overall this is a game that brings very little to the table. Maybe I’m being too harsh on a game that’s not only mostly aimed at kids, but also something aimed at whole different country and culture to make them adopt the PS4, but this feels like a product of the past, and even then this wouldn't have been considered anything especial.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Monkey King Hero is back is an unfortunate throwback to a bygone era where tie-ins where made to capitalize on the appeal of their licenses, without any effort to make them enjoyable games.
Review in Italian | Read full review
These are one of those times when games are simply made to capitalize on the license of an intellectual property. Though there is a lot of potential in the story for the gameplay and mechanics to flesh out, it never does. There are moments when you believe there's something special to experience, but then you're constantly loading into areas, slowed to a snail's pace, and burdened with unnecessary banter.
Overall, the game has beautiful graphics and aesthetics but it’s not enough to save the game from the monotony of its gameplay. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that it’s unplayable but it’s that kind of game where you just want to play it once and check what it’s all about and then forget about it to move on to the next game.
Monkey King: Hero Is Back is a game that uses outdated mechanics alongside a very simple and childish gameplay. Although you can finish the game in a few hours, it still gets boring and painful to play and Its somewhat interesting story and lovely characters can't stop it from being a failure.
Review in Persian | Read full review
Sadly, what little fun there is to be had with Monkey King: Hero Is Back is constantly ruined with poor level design, repetitive encounters and annoying sound design.