Benji Bananas is a new action adventure game that has landed in the Nokia Collection of the Windows Phone Store. The game has you playing the role of Benji who has to navigate his way through the jungle by swinging from vine to vine.
Along the way Benji must collect bananas and avoid the dangers of the jungle that will ruin his day. Benji Bananas has fantastic graphics, an up tempo pace and is a enjoyable game to pass the time with.
Benji Bananas' main menu is straight forward with options to jump into the game, play the "VS." Mode and access the games' settings. Settings cover sound, music, a help screen (with tutorial), an about screen and your gaming stats.
The "VS." gaming mode is a pass/play, multi-player game where you can compete in three game modes. A race to see who can get Benji to his girlfriend first, a race to see who can collect more bananas, and a race to see who can swing the furthest.
The main game has Benji swinging through the jungle to see how far he can travel while tackling a few missions. Mission include a variety of goals that includes travel distance, bananas collected and the number of swings Benji makes. When you first start playing, Benji Bananas will walk you through a gaming tutorial to give you a feel for the gaming controls. If you ever need to revisit the tutorial, you can find it in the settings under the help section.
You swing from vine to vine by tapping to grab hold of the vine and releasing your screen tap to let Benji soar through the air to the next vine. The more momentum that Benji can build in his swings, the further he soars.
As Benji travels from vine to vine, he can collect bananas that can be used to purchase power-ups and gear in the game's store. You can also use in-app purchases for many of these items or to buy bananas.
Dangers include spikey plants, snakes, tigers as well as gravity. The game pace has a bit of zip to it and animations are fantastic as Benji soars through the air. The game reminds me a little of Rainbow Rapture but in a colorful jungle environment and a flying monkey. Benji Bananas is an entertaining game and a quality addition to the Windows Phone gaming library. My only nit so far... I wish there was an option to buy out of the on-screen ads.
Benji Bananas is a free, ad-supported game for your Nokia Lumia Windows Phones, including the 512 MB devices. The game was also released recently on iOS after being on Android for awhile (nice to see Windows Phone catching up) and we're not sure how long the Nokia exclusivity will last.
You can find Benji Bananas here in the Nokia Collection of the Windows Phone Store.
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