OldSchool Arcade where you use your tongue, jumps and combo sequences to get the highest score: King Tongue

King Tongue

by: Ankama
Arcade
Your tongue is one of a kind in the animal kingdom! This one-button grappling hook lets you hang, swing, and throw yourself to and fro with an ease rarely seen with a single finger! Take on the waves of bananasoldiers, each with more improbable weapons than the last.

Review

Gameplay 93%

King Tongue is about a monkey getting rid of an army where members are bananas wearing sunglasses armed with bazookas. You can destroy the yellow fruits by punching and kicking them, but moving around by using the monkey ruler ultra long tongue that works as a grapnel. Avoid the bananas attacks, and destroy the plants with shades.   The control is simple. You tap anywhere on the screen to launch your tongue, which will stick to the floor, wall or ceiling, making the monkey go that way. Tap again to release. There are many physics mechanics here, you can stick your tongue to a surface very far, and let go in the middle of your way there, building lots of speed on the way, and then stick your tongue somehwere else, this way moving really fast to attack. The regular soldiers will be destroyed when you just get close to them, but some bananas are stronger, and you’ll need to hit them going at them at high velocity, or hit them several times. You can also stick your tongue to an enemy, and depending on your speed and trayectory, you may pull them and crash them on a wall or another enemy, making them explode. In every level, you have to eliminate all bananas in waves of 3 or 4. You get rid of 4 or 5 foot soldiers, then the next wave comes and you destroy them, the final enemies arrive and you take ’em all out to move to the next level. If you get shot by their missiles or other weapons, you lose and have to start over from wave 1. As you play, you unlock other colored monkeys to play with, that have different power ups. The red monkey explodes in a flash of light eliminating enemies nearby, the white monkey can become invulnerable for a few seconds, the black one eliminates all enemies on screen with one ultra fast powerful attack and so on. You get points for each banana you defeat, but a Combo Counter appears, and if you destroy another banana within the time limit, you get double the points, and if you hurry and keep your combo going, you can really boost your score. In later levels, there are also portals that teleport you to different parts of the level, and if you go through them while having your tongue stuck on an enemy, you will go travel and appear in the other portal.

Graphics 89%

King Tongue features 2D hand-drawn visual art. The characters don’t look very complex in design, but they’re pretty well animated and actually look like a TV cartoon. In the game menu and between levels, you can see portraits where they’re more detailed, having shighlighted spots and shadding for a more 3D look and feel.   When the monkey moves around, he leaves a fading trail that starts thick light blue, and then becomes thinner and with a darker color. The bananas explode into tiny pieces, and then fade away, and depending on the weapons they use, you can see many fancy special effects like rockets being fired and explosions when they hit something. The backgrounds aren’t very colorful, is like you’re seeing just silhouettes instead of how the elements back there actually look, but there are several background layers being animated when you move at high speed, and the parallax scrolling gives more dept feel to the game.

Production Quality 91%

King Tongue introduces a great mechanic, and after the introductory levels, really becomes a fast-paced action arcade style title. The gameplay is very original, with characters that are fun to look at and while it can get quite challenging by level 5, you’ll want to try over and over again until you defeat all the yellow fruit invaders.   While the game is very entertaining just as it is, maybe having coins to collect and more power ups to use besides the monkey’s unique ability would have been nice. Just beating the levels is fun, but the game doesn’t offer as much replay value as it could with a few more features.

Value for your Money 88%

King Tongue costs $1.99 in the Apple App Store, but the Android version is free on Google Play. When you lose, you may see a video advertising, as is a common practice with this kind of games, but here you won’t see the ad if you lose to quick, so it’s not really that bothersome. For a dollar it would’ve been a must buy, but for $2, try it out first to see if you like it enough to make the purchase.

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Summary

King Tongue is a very original experience with great cartoony graphics, nice music and funny characters. They’re bananas with explosives wreaking havoc! There are 5 worlds with 10 levels each, so you’re sure to have a blast playing this game for a while. Check it out now if you’re tired of match-3 puzzles and endless runners. Pros
  • Very unique physics based game with simple controls
  • Awesome cartoon graphics that are fun to look at
  • 50 challenging levels to play
Cons
  • Not much replay value, no incentive to play a level again
  • Restarting from wave 1, exchanging coins to keep going for wave 4 or something would’ve been nice

Game Help Guru Rating 92%

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