Ape II: Return of Monkey Man

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Wildcard Stream Vol. 73 - The Mike Company

Escaping from Cuba. Defeating radioactive girls. Stopping the Quesadilla Kid in 3 games from one company with a very similar vibe between them all.

Authored By: Dr. Dos
Published: Mar 1, 2024
Part of Series: Wildcard Streams
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♦ Livestream of 3 ZZT worlds. ♦

♦ Stream Contents ♦
• (1:41) "Cuban Adventure" by LoonyMike (2000) [https://museumofzzt.com/file/view/cubanadv/]
• (10:15) "Ape II: Return of Monkey Man" by Gabriel Rocklin [https://museumofzzt.com/file/view/monkey2/]
• (35:42) "Mike's Quest 3" by Unknown [https://museumofzzt.com/file/view/mikeque3/]

The fine folks of the Mike Company arrive to show us what they've got. Despite the company name, only one of these is explicitly credited to a Mike.

First is Cuban Adventure, where would-be basketball champion Phil has been put into prison because he caused his team to lose the big basketball game in Cuba. Luckily the key to his cell was left inside, leading to Phil's brief jail escape adventure.

A walk-up-and-shoot game obsessed with ruffians as guards and spinning guns. There is one silent boss fight and then some more diverse creatures when you run through a forest towards the airport so you can board a plane back to Tualatin Oregon. Nothing all that wrong with any of it, but lacking in any kind of development and the action is a tad sparse to hold my attention for very long.

Then Ape II: Return of Monkey Man which I had high hopes for with the name. I wanted something off the wall and nonsensical and kind of got that. There's a great intro about becoming the new Monkey Man after your father retires and fighting Alfred Ape after his father Aaron Ape retired.

Players are given four levels to go through to collect the keys to Alfred Ape's castle. The action here isn't all that exciting either, but it does have the benefit of including dialog and some weird characters that make things more appealing. Crazy pigs, radioactive girls, and some thankfully glossed over "natives" try to stop you along the way. This one held my interest longer, though it's not the most memorable title out there.

Lastly, Mike's Quest 3 which shares a lot of similarities with the earlier games from this stream. There are levels that can be accessed in any order covering forests, beaches, castles, and the clouds which themselves are mostly linear runs forward through some basic open action screens. There's a little bit more as at least one friendly NPC is happy to help players learn basic ZZT game rules teaching them to look out for fake walls or invisible ones.

Each area has a copy/pasted boss with unique lines every time they're shot that protect the key to the final castle. After two games of light action, Mike's Quest 3 had the rough luck of going last, and lacked the appeal of Monkey Man's cast. It did at least have a great villain name: The Quesadilla Kid.

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♦ Originally streamed on March 3rd, 2024 ♦

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