If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know I’m a big fan and cheerleader for weird games. Love ‘em. Give me an experience I haven’t had before since there’s an excitement to it with discovery. Do Not Feed the Monkeys certainly checks a number of boxes in the weirdo game category, with a premise unlike pretty much anything I’ve played, mechanics and strategy you’ll need to discern through some experimentation and flailing in the dark, and random bits of humor and even mystery from the news, dialogue with your neighbors, or through the “monkeys” you’re voyeuristically tasked with observing. With new experiences some confusion is to be expected, but for me the balance tips a bit too far into territory where the game simply feels unrefined and not quite clearly complete in terms of its concepts and design. If you’re down for things being a bit bumpy, with some trial and error and struggle there’s an interesting blend of ideas and some humor here that are worthwhile, it just may be an acquired taste overall.
Justin Nation, Score: