Last week’s Xbox Live Deal of the Week marked the return of the popular sales program, but it failed to impress due to the subterranean quality of the game on sale, Fusion: Sentient. Still, the DOTW’s return promised brighter days to come, and quickly, too. This week’s deal is Monster Island, widely regarded as the best Angry Birds-type game currently available on Windows Phone. Plus it’s on sale for not just $1.99 like we’ve come to expect from a discounted $2.99 game, but only 99 cents!
Monster Island is basically a monster-themed version of Fragger. Instead of a grenadier, you’re now a monster who must defeat invading monsters. Aim and throw five different kinds of monster grenades to destroy your stationary enemies. With a whopping 262 levels (and more promised in a future update), it offers plenty of bomb-throwing fun.
Monster Island features a robust in-game shop in which players can purchase new characters, level unlocks, level skips, and level solutions using in-game currency. Initially the game’s Achievements actually required players to purchase coins with Microsoft Points, breaking the rules of Xbox Live. Thankfully the game was pulled over those concerns and returned a month later with less villainous Achievements.
Introducing the reverse Fling
Monster Island dropping to 99 cents for a week is somewhat ironic because another of Miniclip’s games Fling initially launched at the 99 cent price only to mysteriously increase its price to $2.99 two months later. We contacted Miniclip about the price raise but received no response. Monster Island’s Deal of the Week status shows a bit of benevolence (or at perhaps savvy) from the Swiss publisher. At any rate, any Xbox Live sale that surprises us in some way shall henceforth be known as a ‘reverse Fling.’
Monster Island is on sale for 99 cents for one week only. If you like throwing things at helpless stationary targets, it’s a must-buy. Get it here on the Windows Phone marketplace, I mean, Store. Who says Marketplace any more?
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