So, NinjaKiwi just released a new edition to the Bloons franchise this week…..and it’s not a Tower Defense game. It’s Bloons Supermonkey 2 and it’s every bit as fun as the rest of the series.
The first Bloons Supermonkey released way back in 2010 and I’ve always wondered if NinjaKiwi were going to make a proper sequel. So here we are six years later and although the visuals have changed up some (there is more of a 3D look to your Supermonkey), I’m happy to say that the fun is still there.
I was a little nervous after playing the first couple levels of BSM2. I noticed two different currencies, Red and Blue orbs. The first thing I thought was, “Here we go again. A paid game with a premium currency.”, but it’s actually not the case. Yea, you can purchase both types of “orbs” through IAP, but they are both equally as important and can be earned pretty much at the same speed. Without trying to make this whole review about orbs, the red orbs are for upgrading your weapons, and the blue orbs are for researching enhancements. I’ll get back to orbs later.
Bloons Supermonkey 2 is a SHMUP at its core. There’s not much of a story to it besides “colorful balloons are invading Monkey Town and only Super Monkey can stop them!” But, I never felt the need for a story in the game. It’s all about popping them balloons!
There are 50 levels in the game along with 5 different bosses. There’s a bit of grinding, but in a good way. (Now back to orbs) See, you earn red orbs by going through a level the first time. After that, you can replay the level and earn blue orbs. There is also a bronze/silver/gold/diamond system in each level and each medal is earned by how many balloons you pop. Good luck getting diamond on most of these levels. That’s popping EVERY SINGLE balloon in the level. I’ve gotten diamond once and that was on the first level. Im working on gold for the first half of the levels right now and that’s pretty tough as it is. Some of these balloons will come at you so fast and so many at one time, it’s almost impossible to get them all unless you’re highly upgraded. You will need to get gold in a good portion of the levels because you will need them to unlock the later levels.
I will say that I like the way NinjaKiwi used iMessage Stickers in the game. They actually use them as rewards for beating certain levels or bosses. It’s kind of a way to show off to your friends how far you’ve gotten. It’s not much, but it’s clever. There are also several different missions and achievements to……well, achieve throughout the game. There is actually quite a bit of content crammed into these 50 levels. I half expected to have this game beat in an evening when I first started it.
I’m still working through BSM2 as I write this. I’d say I’m about halfway through the game and I’m having a blast. I don’t know what it is that makes popping balloons so much fun in Bloons games, but just hearing the hundreds of them popping throughout each level, make the game worth every penny to me. I’d say if you’re a fan of the Bloons series or even a fan of SHMUPS, this game is well worth the price. The controls work well, there is a ton of different weapons to upgrade (90+), tons of power-ups to collect and use (40+), and of course, tons of balloons to pop. Bloons Supermonkey 2 is a welcome addition to the Bloons franchise.