Super Monsters Ate My Condo (universal) by Adult Swim is a sequel of sorts to the popular iOS arcade puzzler, tweaking the game’s formula to make it more accessible for casual gamers. The changes have arguably made the game better – which means this is a game fans of the original aren’t going to want to miss.
At its core, SMAMC is essentially the same as its predecessor: the goal of each game is to feed colored towers to like-colored monsters, without toppling the building. It’s part Jenga, part Bejeweled, and feels like playing a video game equivalent of a triple espresso, full of vibrant colors and wild animations, all orchestrated at a breakneck pace. The biggest change is the addition of a 2-minute timer: putting a limit on games that could drag on forever not only makes it better for quick bursts, but makes each run through that much wilder.
Like many of its casual counterparts in the App Store, Super Monsters Ate My Condo introduces some IAP elements, which give players advantages like special bonuses and consumable power-ups. Of course, these can also be earned in-game, with gems collected after every round and awarded for completing specific sets of objectives.
It would’ve been nice to see some new monsters or game modes added, but the new towers and different objectives do add quite a bit of replay to an already addictive game. Some of the other additions – in particular the ‘Monster Wheel’ spun at the end of each round – are clearly recycled ideas from other Adult Swim/Pik Pok games. Although they’re full of MAMC‘s wacky personality, it makes some of the tweaks feel tired, and a little less ingenious than the ‘Super’ title might suggest.
Super Monsters Ate My Condo might not be a full-fledged sequel, but it’s a solid update to one of iOS’s best arcade titles. Packed with fast-paced action, irreverent humor, quirky super-powered monsters eating condos… it’s all anyone could ask for in a puzzler, be it a casual mobile gamer, or a hardcore puzzle fanatic.