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Do Not Feed the Monkeys Review
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Posted: 12 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Do Not Feed the Monkeys is an adventure game where you sit at a computer and spy on live video feeds of various events and characters. Your job is to gather information about "the monkeys" while also looking after your character's health and apartment rent.

As you watch, the world and its inhabitants play out in front of you. The temptation is to intervene, but this comes with stern warnings from the Club with the threat of "expulsion". It's basically a resource management game where the on-screen shenanigans are a distraction from that task. These tasks are simple point and click activities that are usually solves by combining items in your inventory. There are different endings to the game, depending how well you do. And if you do fail you have to start again from the beginning.

The game plays with the idea of right and wrong. You are told not to interact with the people under surveillance, but it is possible to do so (and provides bonuses while also endangers your). In this way it explores the concept of voyeurism and issues related to mass surveillance and social media.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 23/10/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Fictiorama (@Fictiorama)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Do Not Feed the Monkeys usually costs £9.99 to £11.69.
 

Do Not Feed the Monkeys

XBox Store Xbox One £10.49
PlayStation Store PS4 £9.99
Switch Store Switch £11.69
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 because it features depictions of erotic nudity and use of strong language. During one of the storylines, the player observes a woman secretly taking private photos of a celebrity without their knowledge. Whilst researching where the photos are being sold, the player can access a web page which shows multiple photos of women with their breasts and pubic hair exposed. One of the more prominent photos shows a woman with exposed breasts bending over whilst holding her underwear in her hands. This game also contains infrequent use of strong language ('*!@?*').

AccessibilityAccessibility

The option for "Peeper Mode" is selectable at the beginning of the game only, which automates the resource management so you can focus on the observation component of the game. This makes it where you are not at risk of losing due to not paying bills or having enough money to upgrade, effectively making it an Easy Mode setting.

When you load a saved game you choose which day you would like to start from and there is no manual save option, which means any progress you gain on a day before exiting is lost.

There is an indicator for when activity begins happening on a camera that is an audible ding and a flashing light on a panel to indicate which camera, however the inidcator panel is quite often covered up with the other things you are working on and looking at so the audible ding is frequently the only indication you will have that activity has started in that area. The game is fully playable without that signal, but it will require more attentive tracking of your camera windows.
 
Our Do Not Feed the Monkeys Accessibility Report documents 20 accessibility features:

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