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  • Summary: 9 Monkeys of Shaolin marks a rebirth of the iconic beat 'em up genre in vein of old-school video games. If, as a kid you had hours of fun playing SNES or SEGA beat 'em up videogames crushing foes left and right then this new title from the creators of hardcore brawler REDEEMER is definitely9 Monkeys of Shaolin marks a rebirth of the iconic beat 'em up genre in vein of old-school video games. If, as a kid you had hours of fun playing SNES or SEGA beat 'em up videogames crushing foes left and right then this new title from the creators of hardcore brawler REDEEMER is definitely for you. As a mere Chinese fisherman Wei Cheng you have to avenge the death of your friends and family slaughtered in a pirate raid at your peaceful village. Game protagonist is quite a tough nut to crack as he knows the basics of ancient martial arts only mastered by legendary Shaolin monks. Get your trusty battle staff ready for a challenging adventure in Medieval China and for merciless fights with hordes of various enemies. Action-packed battles, user friendly controls and incredible atmosphere of great kung-fu movies of 70s – all this makes 9 Monkeys of Shaolin a choice for every true fan of really hardcore brawlers. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Oct 28, 2020
    85
    I had a great time with 9 Monkeys of Shaolin. It was a fun time for the most part, and I constantly wanted to experiment with the different gear and skills. It was one that I always found myself jumping back into it just to get a few more levels in. If you’re a fan of the beat ‘em up genre, this is one you will need to check out. It has the style and the complexity to keep players having fun for the entirety of the game.
  2. 80
    I was pleasantly surprised by how satisfied I was walking away from my time with this game. The growth in combat complexity was not only satisfying, but the various upgrades and equips allowed multiple strategies and approaches to levels that were surprisingly robust. There’s a beauty to the clean but vibrant backdrops and interstitial drawings. 9 Monkeys of Shaolin is a rewarding beat-em-up that belongs in every fan’s library.
  3. Oct 19, 2020
    80
    Everything about 9 Monkeys of Shaolin is above board (except maybe the title). While it doesn’t bear the name of some famous franchise, everything about it possesses high quality and I definitely had a good time playing it. This game is a solid pick-up for beat-’em-up fans, particularly if you can find a friend to play with. Give it a play, and unleash your inner monk.
  4. Oct 16, 2020
    65
    9 Monkeys of Shaolin is a fun game that we like for its simple gameplay and interesting story. Although it has some aspects that could be improved, such as the variety of enemies, its greatest handicap is its short plot.
  5. Nov 9, 2020
    60
    If it had all of its issues ironed out, 9 Monkeys of Shaolin would be a prime example of rewarding beat 'em up gameplay.
  6. Oct 16, 2020
    60
    With a lackluster story, slow gameplay, and dated graphics, perhaps 9 Monkeys of Shaolin should have trained with the Shaolin monks a little bit longer before it was released.
  7. Oct 15, 2020
    40
    Unfortunately, even getting through the game once can be a struggle, as 9 Monkeys of Shaolin is plagued by technical issues - at least when it comes to the Nintendo Switch version. The game crashed on numerous occasions during our time with it, and there was one stage in particular where enemies kept glitching off the screen and we were forced to restart to the level repeatedly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Oct 20, 2020
    9
    I love Chinese culture, its history, and traditional music. This game has it all, plus a decent combat system with different types of attacksI love Chinese culture, its history, and traditional music. This game has it all, plus a decent combat system with different types of attacks and upgrades. I think that the Shaolin storyline + fighting genre is a great combination. Really enjoyed this game and recommend you try it. Expand
  2. Aug 28, 2021
    8
    This is a really fun beat em up game, even though is a little short I really enjoyed it a lot because the gameplay is so good, there's a lotThis is a really fun beat em up game, even though is a little short I really enjoyed it a lot because the gameplay is so good, there's a lot of ways you can defeat your enemies and also is a very rewarding game. There are many collectable statues which unlock many mods in the game, and also many characters you can play as after defeating some bosses. I only wished the game last a little bit longer but it's even fun replaying it from time to time. I recommend it, but wait for a sale. Because at full price I don't think is really worth it because of how short it is. Expand
  3. Jan 21, 2021
    6
    This game has a decent enough story, although sometimes the interactions are a bit long and slow. There is enough variation in combat, whichThis game has a decent enough story, although sometimes the interactions are a bit long and slow. There is enough variation in combat, which keeps it interesting. However, the game is short and there are some serious issues that really affected how much fun it was for me to play. For example, sometimes I would find tea, but I wouldn’t be able to pick it up. After battling the final boss (and failing the first time), I accidentally clicked “return to camp” instead of “retry”, resulting in having to do the whole level again, instead of just the final fight. There was no “are you sure?”. Sometimes an enemy would be able to hit me with a bomb, while I had just dashed in the opposite direction and they couldn’t have known where I was going. The map was not clear enough for me to easily view which levels I had finished and which ones I was still to finish. Overall a decent enough game, I you can get it with a fair discount. In my opinion not worth the € 30 it initially sold for here in the Netherlands. Expand
  4. May 7, 2021
    0
    When Isaw the score for this I thought I was getting the title mixed up but no it was the game I was thinking of that I couldn't even finishWhen Isaw the score for this I thought I was getting the title mixed up but no it was the game I was thinking of that I couldn't even finish the demo of because it was just awful in every way.

    Imagine a game programming student making their first game for an assignment at college and this game is pretty much what you're imagining. It is a side scrolling beat em up style game that is absolutely no fun and just bad in general.
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