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PAX EAST 2014 | Monkeying Around With “Jungle Rumble”

Posted on April 12, 2014 AT 06:24am

Rhythm games are known to play tricks with your mind, especially when it comes to switching around repetitive taps and movements on the fly. Jungle Rumble, a new mobile game from Disco Pixel, takes that element of rhythm games and adds a cool little real-time strategy to the mechanic. In other words, get your reflexes prepared for some quick-thinking challenges.

Jungle Rumble has you take control of a tribe of monkeys, who have found their home is being invaded by another group of apes looking to take over your turf. However, as it turns out, the reason behind them taking over your turf is not one of greed and power corruption, but rather one involving the need to survive in a world that’s getting smaller and smaller.

During my play through at PAX East I was tasked to reach my banana stash, rid the level of all the opposing monkeys, or sometimes both. As the game goes on you can have more monkeys tagging along with you, thereby bettering the chance of you succeeding in the end. You move to each space on the level via tapping the next space and your current space in a rhythm-based motion.

On numerous occasions you’ll find yourself having to take on an opposing ape, which requires collecting a coconut to use as weaponry. Once you find yourself next to the bad monkey you’ll have to do another rhythm-based motion in order to take them out. However things get tricky when you do find yourself tackling on various monkeys at once, which will require gathering a group of allies to form a solid attack sequence.

Jungle Rumble is one of those games where you’ll have to train your brain to change tapping rhythms on the fly. On many occasions I found myself messing up on the rhythm, causing me to either miss my chance at attacking one of the apes or, worse, have me lose one of them because they themselves got attacked. It’s a motion tactic that doesn’t get any easier, even when you think you’ve mastered it. (Trust me: you won’t!)

Jungle Rumble is a lot of fun, and judging by the first few levels I played it’ll be the type of game that’ll keep the challenges coming as you progress. Your team will grow, and you’ll find enemies teaming up with your monkey squad when a bigger threat to the jungle appears on the wayside.

Jungle Rumble is due on iOS/Android devices sometime this year.

An accomplished music, anime, and video game critic, Evan Bourgault has been a Contributing Editor and Podcast host with ElectricSistaHood since 2008. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Follow Evan on Twitter at

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