Sunday, June 04, 2017

Monster Business


Monster Business is a fun-themed platformer released in 1991 by Eclipse and produced by incredibly talented people you may recognise from the ST scene. As storylines go, this one is a Christmas cracker!! Crazed "mad meanies" have been loosed from their forest habitat and are pinching valuable items from Mr Bob's construction site. You are (wait for it) Leroy The Beast Buster who must help Bob blow-up the invaders. Yep, this entire situation sounds like total diarrhoea but we should still help Bob because we are the only beast buster in Tin Town. O_o

Each level follows a familiar Bounty Bob design of platforms and slippy slides where we chase after the beasts. Be careful because they kill with one touch so I'm grateful that we carry an air-pump weapon to inflate them for a bloated and cruel death. This is nothing short of hilarious and once they begin floating away you are able to nudge them into oblivion, leaving behind their stolen goodies. If you're lucky, they might drag along some live animals...


The levels are bigger than you think using smooth vertical scrolling to hunt down the freaky monsters!

The joystick controls are spritely and I like how there are two height levels to jump - this depends on how long you push upwards. Repeatably pressing the fire button activates your weapon to bloat the monsters - so I appreciated the autofire function. Two-players are supported but sadly not for co-op, which would have been superb...

The graphics are nice with simple backgrounds and ultra-smooth scrolling. However, it's the sprites which shine the most: I dare anybody not to laugh when seeing that ginormous duck waddle across the screen. I loved their expressions and bloated deaths!! Audio is so impressive with a superlative range of gorgeous chiptunes by Laurens Tummers, aka Lotus! The sound effects are great but completely overshadowed by the music.


Bloating animals is shockingly entertaining and I guarantee you will enjoy hunting down your cute prey. However, it is quite repetitive and this lack of variety will reduce your long-term enjoyment. I also thought the time limit was too harsh... Monster Business is best with friends and I guarantee everyone will be giggling like school kids!!

Ignore Bounty Bob and play Monster Business instead using a floppy or your hard drive.

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