Do Not Feed the Monkeys

Do Not Feed the Monkeys screenshot

First Impressions:

Having never played a game that was anything even remotely similar to this, I was bored and confused for the first 10 minutes of gameplay. It seems that the player has been accepted into some sort of exclusive club or company and needs to spy on various “Cages” (security cameras) containing “Monkeys” (people or animals or other objects).  

The interface is a computer with a few apps on it such as email, chat, browser, and security cameras. On the desk next to the computer, there is a newspaper and a notebook.

After about another 5 minutes of playing, I was hooked. It took me a little bit to get the hang but once I found that I had the ability to take notes and search in the browser to find information about the “monkeys” I was spying on, the game became much more interesting. 

Going Further:

The more I played this game, the more I enjoyed it. It might sound frightening, but I think the reason this game drew me in as well as it did is that it played on my natural desire to spy on other people’s lives. People have a natural tendency to gossip and invade others privacy and this game plays really well into that.

After playing for an hour, I had purchased 3 additional cages and solved the first cage. For the most part, I think that the pace that things moved at felt really nice. Although the “monkeys” could have been a little more active - most of my cages were pretty dull.

Many games that require the player to keep their character’s sleep, happiness, and nourishment levels at a healthy level, do so at the expense of the player because it is done poorly and just becomes a nuisance. My character didn’t seem to need food or sleep more than was necessary and going to the store or going to sleep was a nice way of passing time and added to the “suspension of disbelief”.

I’m really glad that I chose to play this game. I definitely plan on finishing it after finals are over. I’m really intrigued to reach the end of the game and discover what the “final primate” is (as my friend mentioned during a chat in the game).

Reviewed by
Nathan Macfarlane