Early players impressions:
Originally Posted by CzarCastic
First of all, let me just say that Craneballs has really nailed it with this game. You will not be disappointed. If you're a Craneballs fan or a fan of side-scrolling all-you-can-get games like Canabalt, Chop Chop Ninja, et al, you'll love it. This is a slick little game with tons of polish.
There are three gametypes to choose from: Beginner Career, Racer Career and Endless Mode. All three are available right from the start, even Endless Mode.
Beginner Career and Racer Career are pretty much the same, so I'll talk about them together. There are 40 races in each career. The tracks are the same in both careers. The difference being the speed at which you race. Racer Career is much faster. Think of it as hard difficulty, whereas Beginner Career is significantly slower and easier. Both races use the same tracks, so Race 1 in Beginner Career uses the same track as Race 1 in Racer Career. This is a game of reflexes and eventually memorization. I predict that leaderboard times will be separated by thousandths of seconds. Beating the target time earns you 3 stars. If you can't beat the target time (and I couldn't in the Racer Career), then you earn either 1 or 2 stars, depending on how close you get to the target time. The stars you earn accumulate and open up subsequent races. To begin each career, only 5 races are available. However, based on what I can tell so far, even a moderate player should be able to open all of the races fairly easily. The trick will be getting 3 stars and then ultimately beating the best online scores. There's a possibility of 120 stars over the entire 40 race career. It takes only 99 stars to open up the final set of 5 races, so you can almost get there without getting 3 stars in any race.
Endless Mode is available right from the start. You choose your racer, then you go. The goal is to get as far as you can. The tracks seem to generate randomly, so each attempt is a different race. There's a Challenge option available in Endless Mode. Selecting that option allows you to race as far as you can. When your race is over, you select a friend from amongst your OpenFeint friend list to challenge. Presumably, your friend races the same track as you to try to beat your score. I could not do this, as I don't think any of my friends has the game yet, but I'm sure this will be popular after the release.
There are a lot of nice touches in this game. The menus are well polished. The graphics are great. I love the similarity to Borderlands in the characters. On the Career menus, you're given a tally of your star count, as well as results in previous races. If you've not earned 3 stars in a given race, the menu shows you how close you were to beating the time (usually within seconds, or even hundredths of seconds). After completion of an Endless Mode race, you're given a screen that shows your results, as well as friends results. It's a nice touch to have that info there to encourage you to do better after each race.
Gameplay is fast and furious. You're given some general guidance in the tutorial, but really, the learning comes from playing. I know that it's best to always be in the air as much as possible. You switch your gravity by simply tapping on the screen. During gameplay, that is the only action needed. Anything you do to slow yourself down is bad. Slow down too much and the left-hand side of the screen will overtake you and it's game over. There are also obstacles to avoid (holes, spikes) that will end your game too. Speed boost and time bonus powerups are strewn throughout the races, but I was mostly focusing on not dying. As I get better, I'll work on grabbing those powerups more often. The time bonuses will be the difference between the leaders on the leaderboard, so I understand their importance.
Anyway...I think that's enough for now. I need to get back to work, which really just consists of me playing Monorace at my desk and acting busy.
Bottomline: If you're a fan of the all-you-can-get genre, then this is the game for you. Although, if you're reading this, you probably already know this. This is just another confirmation that you shouldn't hesitate to grab this as soon as it's available. If nothing else, you can see yourself at or near the top of the leaderboard, if only for a few minutes. Who doesn't like that, right?
Originally Posted by CygnetSeven
Beginner: I chose to play as Jane. (duh) Gameplay is simple and responsive. Tap the screen to jump and avoid obstacles. I finished level one in third and level two in first so I guess I'm getting better. Rankings are based on time thresholds, not in game competitors. As you play you collect stars (1-3) based on your finish time. Stars will unlock future levels. Beginner has 40 levels. Racer has 40 levels. You'll want to replay levels until you get three stars (similar to Angry Birds or Cat Physics) Levels 6-10 require 7 stars to open, 11-15 require 16, 16-20 require 26, 21-25 require 37, 26-30 require 50, 31-35 require 70 and 36-40 require 99 to open. (whew) So if I only get one star on all races I can't open the next set of levels. Got it?
Endless: Endless kicked my a** and reminded me that I'm only a beginner. Friends scores are posted in the corner and so far aznriceboi13 is leading with 600 points. My top was about 175. Wow, it'll be awhile before I get past his time but this adds another dimension to an already great game.
Overall: I was about to say this was an above average physics based game with great gameplay and fresh style... and then I opened endless mode and it went over the top! What a treat! Especially with openfeint and your friends scores staring you in the face. Love it! Love it!
Originally Posted by Touchgamer3g
First off, when you launch the game the main menu is sleek in design and very "straight to the point". You have your Options, Credits, Tutorial, and OpenFeint along the left side and Beginner Career, Racer Career, and Endless Mode along the bottom. In the middle, you have your three characters to choose from named Big D, Jane, and Gus. As far as I can tell, the characters are only skins (no special powers, abilities, etc.).
The game's graphics are unbelievably realistic. The three characters are very detailed and just from the look of them you can see there personalities pop right off the screen.
There is a level selection screen where you can see all of the forty levels available. Each level saves your best time and how many stars you earned. Also, you can try to beat the Designer Time.
The gameplay consists of trying to get to the finish line by using gravity to your advantage. You have to tap the screen (along the bottom) to switch from riding your bike on the top or the bottom, avoiding obstacles. There is a lot of skill involved and fast reflexes are needed.
In Endless Mode (my favorite), it is just what it seems- Get as far as you can without crashing your bike. Your best ride is saved and you can also see your friend's results which is a nice feature.
Overall, Monorace is a fun, engaging physics-based racer with a ton of personality. If you are looking for a game you can spend hours with or just one to play in short spurts, do not hesitate to pick this one up.
Originally Posted by Jyankee30
Monorace is a side scrollin' 2-D action packed thrill ride brought to you by craneballs.You have a selection of 3 characters to ride a mono-bike with.Before I get into game play, I'll go through a couple of other technical things.The menu interface is easy to navigate. The actual game-play mechanic of switching "gravity" is highly responsive and smooth.There is fast app switching with the iOS4, with switching between apps or hitting the home button you will start exactly where you left off. There is openfeint for all the score/leader-board junkies. There is ratings for every stage, each total career, and for endless mode. Also for the menu of endless mode and each individual stage of both beginner and racer careers there is a quick friends leaderboard which I assume shows your openfeint friends' top scores. Think your friend cant beat your top score? You can also send challenges to friends or other people that have monorace.
Throughout game-play, your objective is simple. Avoid obstacles, use time and speed improvements (stage by stage), and keep from getting stuck behind a ledge.Simple.There are 3 options of game-play. There is the beginner career, the racer career and endless mode. Beginner and racer career are similar as they are set tracks with a time objective. Based on the time taken to complete these tracks, you will be awarded star ranks...Much like the ranking system in angry birds. The difference between beginner and racer careers is the obstacle frequency and speed, Racer being faster and obstacles more frequent than in beginner career. To proceed between stages you need to achieve a certain star rank. There are multiple stages in each career.
Endless mode is a game in-of-itself. Its similar to any other randomly generated side-scroller, Random traps, gaps and slow-down/speed-up strips will go on endlessly until you crash and burn.
The game is immensely polished. The score for the game matches the game-play perfectly, fast-paced and covering several genres of music. The mono-bike sounds are authentic to a basic motorcycle. The environment visuals may be dull for some but are not intrusive.
Overall this is a great, polished game that has included 2 full career modes and an endless mode that will keep you coming back for more.