App description: "Monkey Labour is a lovingly crafted riff on Nintendos Game & Watch handhelds, but with its own unique gameplay." --

* Hours of endless fun!
* Try pressing your finger on the LCD screen!
* Retro handheld device revival!
* Immersive attention to details!
* Compare your scores on Game Center!
* Unique set of achievements!

"Perfect recreation of a 1980s Game & Watch device. Great attention paid to authentic details. ... Dawn of Play remembers those early handheld games, and pays proper homage with Monkey Labour. ... Our thanks to Dawn of Play for the trip down memory lane, since Monkey Labour is clearly a labor of love."
- Slide to Play

Mobot the robot is expected to mindlessly labor at his job deep inside the bowels of a corporate production facility while his monkey boss vents frustration by throwing obstacles Mobot's way.

Help Mobot stick it back to the system while avoiding being replaced by a cheaper model in this deliciously retro 80s style electronic handheld game rehash.


"Gamers who remember the Long Long Ago will get a kick out of todays leading Fresh Game, Monkey Labour. ... For a casual game with some very old-school handheld ideas behind it, but with modern additions like achievements and online leaderboards, look no further."
- Appolicious

"... retro fun reborn ... The gameplay is simple but brilliant fun ... Monkey Labour may well be our favourite new iPhone game."

"Dawn of Plays first universal application entitled Monkey Labour will instantly bring you back to 80's and help educated new gamers to the enjoyment of gameplay simplicity. ... Monkey Labour features simple but addictive gameplay mechanics that any gamer will quickly get, however mastering the game will prove harder to master."

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UPDATE (July 2014):
Monkey Labour is now also available in German, French, Spanish and Italian!

More info:

Original post:

I would like to present to you a new iPhone/iPad game that we have just published on the App Store. The game is an 1980s handheld game reminiscence - a genre that has up until now been neglected on modern mobile devices. A lot of effort was invested into making the game look authentic both in gameplay as well as in appearance which can be seen on the game's homepage:

The game features simple gameplay but is hard to master - using just two control buttons, the player has to stoke an oven with lumber while his angry monkey boss throws obstacles his way. Fortunately, the creaky factory plumbing does provide some chance for retaliation as an overheating oven will send plumes of fire from the ceiling, enabling the player to scorch the monkey for extra points.. though risking the monkey's rage if it manages to evade the flames! We encourage players to score at least 1000 points in order to experience the game's full potential, though this is by no means the final target - the game gets increasingly faster and with Game Center integration, the player's ultimate goal is to set impressive high scores and earn achievements.

This release is the first of many quality releases for Dawn Of Play. Our goal is to go beyond the casual cutesy catch-all trend that seems to be dominating the mobile landscape and provide a gaming experience tailored to each product's potential customers. Monkey Labour is a good example of this - anyone who as an 80s kid has played handheld games will recognize the game type and decide whether they want the game or not.

Features at a glance:
- Universal app
- Perfect difficulty curve
- Impressive HD graphics (Retina support)
- Stunning AI: 10 unique monkey behaviours
- 3D engine with detailed 3D model of the handheld device
- Authentic 1980s look & feel including retro sound and graphics
- Game Center integration - achievements and leaderboards

I hope you like it.

Rok Jamnik
Dawn of Play
01-20-2011, 08:56 AM
Big retro fan here, too! I'd love a code if you have one!
01-20-2011, 09:01 AM
Please a promo code! i <33 retro games :3

01-20-2011, 09:36 AM
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I lived on LCD handhelds when I was a kid. I'd love to give this a try if you have any promos left!
01-20-2011, 09:50 AM
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Posts: 310
I would love a code. Big fan of old G&W/Tiger electronics styled games. Would gladly review on iTunes.
01-20-2011, 10:04 AM
Absolutely, I really enjoyed Twinoo.

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01-20-2011, 11:37 AM
Ok, now we are all out. 12 promo codes were sent out by private messages. Enjoy!

Anyone who was too late, follow us on twitter @dawnofplay, we'll surely have another promo code giveaway soon.

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01-20-2011, 12:04 PM
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Dawn of Play...thank you. You truly took me back to a better place in my life. Slide to Play weren't kidding when they said this was a labour of love. Everything about Monkey Labour oozes Game & Watch. The instruction manual, the actual device, the lack of music, every single thing about this game is f***ing charming. Thank you. old man will probably s*** bricks once he sees this. =P

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01-20-2011, 06:13 PM
Game Impressions

Very nicely produced game!

A+ attention to detail, a recreation of the old school Game & Watch LCD experience with tons of polish. Plays great and is definitely a "pick up & play" type of game. Time will tell how much replay value this type of game will have but they certainly kept me occupied for long hours as a kid.
01-20-2011, 06:36 PM
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The game really does work just like the old handhelds, but there is one tiny correction you might like to make: the in-game instruction page indicates that you are stoking the fire by shoving bricks into the fireplace, not logs.

Generally, this would be counter-productive. >_>
01-21-2011, 03:22 PM
Question - one of the on-screen elements identified in the instructions are "Gears" at the top of the screen. What are they for, when do they come into play?

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