Monsterland 4: One More Junior
The problem with kids these days is they just don't get it. They think the fun is all about jumping around, making noise, playing games...being sociable for goodness sakes. As if. Napping is where it's at. But don't try telling Junior and Jenny that—not only do they feel like bouncing about and giggling, they want sleepy dad to join in. All tired, overworked parents out there can sympathize; no wonder it's called Monster-land. That's Monsterland 4: One More Junior to be more exact: a continuation of Alma Games' physics puzzle series bringing 36 more nap-busting levels, made just right for a relaxing break without the Zzzs. Just point-and-click to pop blocks in the right sequence to move Junior (who jumps on dad to wake him) and Jenny (whose special moves break dad's kid-proof helmet) through the increasingly complicated obstacle courses and onto dozing dad. Sometimes this is a straight-forward drop or slide, other times you'll need to make use of buttons, treadmills, trampolines, teleports and more. All while avoiding saw blades and long falls, such things that are hazardous to kids' health.
Just as in the other Monsterland games, this fourth installment is never overly difficult. They start out easy but there are incentives, such as the 6 bonus levels and multiple achievements, to encourage quick thinking and perfect strategy. There's not much here to surprise those familiar with the earlier installments but, then again, there's no disappointing changes either. More of the same is just fine when you're in the mood for a favorite after all. Solutions usually present themselves rather obviously although you will use trial-and-error in later levels for testing out the physics, to see just how high an eye might bounce or find just the right time to reverse a treadmill or clip Junior's wings. These later levels, as well as the bonus levels, have enough tricks and treats to make you feel you've earned your success. There are instances when precision timing is needed, but it's never fickle, and the mechanics are predictable and responsive enough to let your logic rule the course. It's this sort of accessibility that makes Monsterland 4: One More Junior so enjoyable, something to be played during your chill time or to share with kids, the fun graphics and well-constructed design remain engaging throughout, plus high production values earn its JayisGames-parent approval one more time.