Monkey Go Happy 3
It all started with Monkey Go Happy, which tasked you with cheering up a downcast monkey. Then, Monkey Go Happy 2 made you responsible for the happiness of a monkey pair. Well, guess what brother: Pencil Kids has released a third installment in their Monkey GO Happy! series of silly point-and-click puzzle/arcade hybrids, Monkey Go Happy 3, and this time, three's a crowd! An adorable, adorable monkey crowd.
Players of the previous games in the series should be familiar with the premise: a trio of monkeys is sad, and it's up to you to make them "go happy." Use the mouse to click on objects and locations, solve puzzles, blast stuff etc. Some levels are click-fests in the Hoshi Saga model, others act like mini-escape games, others have a hidden object flavor to them, and still others are action-based. There's quite a bit of variation packed into the game's 16 levels and an expansion pack. Let's monkey see what you can monkey do!
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Monkey Go Happy 3 shouldn't pose much of a challenge for adults, but it is clever enough to be enjoyed by gamers of all ages. The variety of levels makes for a coffee-break-long, but consistently fun experience, even if sometimes the win conditions felt a little arbitrary. (But hey, who am I to say what monkeys should find joyful?) Older players should also enjoy some of the casual gaming shout-outs herein: I particularly enjoyed the Atari 2600-styled "One Button Blob". The only thing that would have made me happier is if there was a level featuring the baby monkey going backwards on a pig.
I do wish it were possible to continue to the next level directly after you've solved the previous one, rather than having to return to the menu, though I appreciate the option to solve the levels in any order. Also, there seems to be a slight bug that prevents the game from saving your progress if you leave and return. Since the game is so short, it shouldn't really impact play, but I can imagine it being kind of a pain if you're trying to go for a high score.
Overall Monkey Go Happy 3 keeps the high standards of its predecessors. Most of the levels aren't going to give you much, and even if they do, you'll be sure to find someone to give you a nudge in the comments. Be sure to check out it and its holiday expansion-pack. You'll likely find it more fun than a barrel of... really fun things.