BADGP Reviews: Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine

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Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine (Majesco, Pocketwatch Games) 

Released: May 10, 2013

July 18, 2013

Alex Linna

Review: A Heist Game for Four

The first half of 2013 was largely devoid of original and innovative experiences likely due to the impending new console launches.  Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine is one of the few unique experiences 2013 has to offer so far.  A 2D four-player cooperative stealth game that urges collecting and efficiency, Monaco combines its distinctive art style with its unique gameplay for a heist game one will not soon forget

What Monaco Does Right:

Use of MusicMonaco’s piano swells when detected and is muted and tense when stealthfully sneaking around.  Its use of music is excellent and greatly enhances the experience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69mniRXr7Ko

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Unique Look and AestheticMonaco has a really distinct look.  Kind of like blueprint, kind of like a psychedelic fever dream, Monaco can certainly be disorienting at first, but its this unique look is unlike anything else.

FUN – Playing with four-players requires an immense amount of cooperation, but it is incredibly satisfying when a group make a big score either by wasting all the guards or successfully evading them for an entire mission.

BeefyMonaco proved to be a much longer experience than I expected.  There are campaigns for each character.  There are many levels each one more complex than the previous one.

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What Monaco Does Wrong:

MusicMonaco’s music is really repetitive and not diverse at all.

The Look – As previously mentioned, Monaco’s art direction can be confusing.

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Conclusion

Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine is a game that truly needs to be experienced with others to be appreciated. As a solo experience, Monaco is much more difficult and tense, but I found it less engaging than when I was sharing the game with others.  It’s a game that would strongly recommend due to its unique gameplay, strong focus on cooperation, and stylish look and sound.

8.7 out of 10

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