After the two week streak of Sid Meier’s Windows Phone releases, this week we have something new with Monster Island now available. The Xbox LIVE game is based on the traditional style Fragger and Worms games, where you must launch objects at enemies and wipe them off the map by any means. With Monster Island, you play through five different worlds, each involving hundreds of levels using a traditional 3-star scoring system. The game features an in-game store where you can use coins won by completing each level to purchase new monsters, levels, unlock worlds, solutions, skips, and even buy more coins with Microsoft Points.
There is one not so appealing thing about Monster Island, and this applies to any Xbox LIVE achievement hunters out there. While we took the Monster Island trial for a run we took a look at the achievements and noticed one particular achievement at the end of the list titled “Big Spender.” If the achievement name alone is any indication, to unlock the achievement you must spend Microsoft Points on 3 coin packs. The coin packs are accessed through the in-game store as in-app purchases. The cheapest coin pack gives you 1500 coins for 80 MSP, you would need to spend 240 MSP ($3.00) to unlock an achievement. We hope this achievement-for-MSP scenario doesn’t spread to other Xbox LIVE games, it will truly kill the real reason why achievements exist to begin with – to provide that challenging push and bragging rights in a video game.
As with all Xbox LIVE games, there is a free trial of Monster Island available. If you choose to plunge into the full Monster Island game experience, it will cost you $2.99. Monster Island is published by Miniclip with a release version of 184.108.40.206 and download size of 16 MB. Supported languages are Deutsch, English, Español, Français, Italiano, and Português. It’s a real shame Miniclip, and Microsoft actually, have decided to allow an in-app purchase to count as an achievement. Then again, it’s no different than downloading DLC that brings more achievements with it, we suppose.
Download Link: Monster Island
Monster thugs are on the loose harassing the inhabitants of the colorful world of Monster Island. Now, it’s up to you and your arsenal of mini-monster bombs to get rid of this plague of unwanted visitors. Can you stand against such mischievous foes?
Unlock five different monster bombs, each with its own abilities: Rocko, Sticky, Xplode, Blui and the fearsome Don Tonator! Toss them at enemies over 3 worlds and 200 reactive puzzles which will dazzle you for many hours of unparalleled fun.
Change your character in the store to get new and cool looks.
* 252 levels over 4 different islands (and more to come!)
* Choose one of 12 unique heroes
* Leader Boards and Achievements
* Interactive tutorial to learn how to play
Try also the free web version of Monster Island on our website: http://www.miniclip.com/games/monster-island/