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Monkey Labour - 80s handheld LCD retro game

By Dawn of Play

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"Monkey Labour is a lovingly crafted riff on Nintendo’s Game & Watch handhelds, but with its own unique gameplay."

"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."
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* Retro handheld device revival
* Available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and OS X.
* Compare your scores on Game Center
* Unique set of achievements
* Hours of endless fun!

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 today’s 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 Play’s 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."

What's New in Version 1.1.7

+ bugfixes
+ iPhone 5 support
+ an awesome sprinkle of coolness


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Customer Reviews


Amazing, fun, nostalgic return to the '80s. I really had forgotten about LCD games and how much fun so many of them were to play. This game is no exception. This is a wonderful trip back to adventure and new discoveries, and reminds us that simple can ofttimes equate to fun. Simple graphics, simple play, and a whole lot of happy times. You know, so many of the retro games focus on 8-bit or 16-bit graphics that many of us forgot about LCD. Well, guess what? It's back! So if someone tweets about Monkey Labour, tweet right back...OMG, IT'S TRIPINDICULAR!!


The app store is filled with dodgy remakes of old Game and Watch games. This is something greater. It is the flawless creation of a G&W game that was never made. What's more, this would have been among the best ever made. Playing it is the feeling of finding some undiscovered classic in a thrift shop. Five stars.

Nostalgic and Beautifully Done

Anybody with a fondness for the games and consoles of yesteryear should pick this up - beautifully detailed. The wave of nostalgia I got when getting engrossed into the familiar beeps and boops gave me shivers.

Monkey Labour - 80s handheld LCD retro game
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: Nov 26, 2012
  • Version: 1.1.7
  • Size: 14.6 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Razum

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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