Monkey Kick Off
Monkey Kick Off is a stylish flash arcade game created by Niclas Åberg of Totebo Interactive. A monkey juggles a ball with his feet on the side of the screen. Wait for the right moment, then click the mouse to punt the ball as far as you can, sending it flying through forests, deserts, a Monkey Village and beyond. It's a classic game idea made fresh by creative design and a sharing feature that allow you to challenge your friends to beat your top score.
Unlike other flash games of a similar style (Nanaca Crash comes to mind), Monkey Kick Off features no power-ups, special moves or obstacles to contend with. The gameplay has been streamlined so all you need to worry about is timing the initial click. The ball bouncing physics are quite natural, making the whole experience feel very organic. I just wish I knew how many Monkey Meters are in one human meter...
The best feature of Monkey Kick off is the "Challenge your Monkey Friends" option. Your personal best score is saved across gaming sessions and at any time you can bring your pals in on the fun. Just click the icon and you can create a customized URL to e-mail, post on your blog, or even share in the comments section of a casual gaming website (hint hint). When anyone visits the URL they can watch a replay of your best kick and can try to top your score.
As you kick the ball farther you are treated to new scenery scrolling in the background. Wondering what rests beyond adds a nice element of exploration to the game. A good strategy is to wait for the monkey to juggle the ball above his head, then click when it's even with his chest. Time it right and the ball will soar out of sight. Then just kick back and enjoy the tour.
Monkey Kick Off is a well-executed idea that's a winner for its simplicity and playful design. Try it and get your friends hooked.