There are few games where you have fun even if you keep failing. Monumental Failure, made by Scary Wizard Games, is, as the name betrays it, one of these games. While it doesn’t sport any amazing new mechanics or anything similarly groundbreaking, it has the most important element in all games: It’s really fun.
In Monumental Failure we assume the roles of builders creating some of Earth’s most famous monuments, such as the Stonehenge and the Colosseum. You build the entire thing in stages and you get graded after each stage based on how accurately you placed the object. As a nice little addition of flavour, you are rated by the Gods of each culture. The twist is that the way you build is not exactly standard.
The fun and absurdity of the game lies entirely on how you create the monument. The way you place a piece of a building varies from pushing it up a ridge before dropping it in place, dropping out of a plane with it and much more. Each building usually involves one to four builders, which are split into two teams, each controlled by a different set of keys. So, in order to properly place an object, you need to coordinate between your builders, which is much harder than you think.
This is because the game has actually put a lot of effort into its physics. Things such as small bumps along the way will affect your builders. Even how strong your builder is will affect the way you push an object, which usually means that it will turn sideways rather easily. In general, the physics of the game along with the absurd ways you have to build a monument are the main attractions of the game, at least for me. It is these elements that take a very simplistic game, devoid of any story and make it something worth playing.
In regards to the game’s music, for me it was another stand out feature. The developers have taken care to create specific songs for each building and culture, which is a very pleasant surprise and quite the attention to detail for a game like this. In terms of graphics, they look a bit outdated but the style the developer has chosen is still very pleasing to the eye. It’s got a nice low-poly look that I feel is always reliable.
The only issues I have encountered in the game are small glitches. These usually occur when a level requires flying or something similar and they don’t really affect the game all that much. Still, they kinda threw me off a bit, but it’s really not much of a problem.
In the end of the day, how much you enjoy Monumental Failure is entirely up to you. If you’re the type of gamer who needs a story and more complex mechanics to have fun, then this game is not for you. It is, however, a perfect example of a more casual game that can offer you hours of fun. What’s more, the game also offers local competitive and cooperative modes, meaning that this also a fantastic party game with your friends. So, if this type of game interests you, I’d definitely reccomend Monumental Failure.
You can get Monumental Failure on Steam for 10 euro.
Monumental Failure may not be Game of the Year material, but its few mechanics are more than enough to guarantee you hours of fun. Coupled with its art and graphics, this game can keep you and your friends company for quite a while.
+ Great, fun phsyics and absurd building requirements.
+ Art and music.
– A few glitches.
– Philip “Snowchill” Alexandris