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This monster mash-up will have you crate-stacking all day long 

Monster Stacker is a fun physics-based game for the iPhone and iPod touch which mixes the popular ‘tower-builder’ genre with classic elements of Tetris.

If you loved the likes of Tower Bloxx and enjoy taking Tetris for a spin, then Monster Stacker will be the game for you. In it, users take on the role of a ‘monster supplier’ who stocks up dungeons with crates of ghoulish beasts. Working for a handful of, shall we say, colorful characters, iPhone gamers must stack up these crates across a number of dark and spooky environments.

Once a crate has touched a star for a short length of time, its added to your reward.

Once a crate has touched a star for a short length of time, its added to your reward.

Monster Stacker features a typical tower-builder setup: you control a crane claw which auto-swings from side to side, and using a one-tap control system you’ve got to carefully drop your crates one on top of the other. Unlike typical tower-builders, however, in Monster Stacker the aim of the game isn’t as simple as merely building up high-rising towers. Instead, stars appear throughout each level, and users must design their structure in order to have a section touch as many of the golden stars on-screen as possible.

To make matters even more challenging, each crate isn’t a perfect square. Rather, its shape will differ depending on the kind of monster it’s housing – and therein lies the game’s Tetris-style elements. Because in order for your crates to form a workable structure that captures every golden star (while also standing upright), you’ll need to carefully choose how to slot each jigsaw-like piece together.

Unlockable monsters range from wolves to skeletons, bats, and goblins.

Unlockable monsters range from wolves to skeletons, bats, and goblins.

You’re a monster!

This all might sound a bit complicated, but Monster Stacker is actually a simple and fun app that iPhone gamers of all ages can enjoy. You’ll need to position crates carefully in order to maintain the stability of your structure, and at the end of each level you’ll be awarded a star rating plus a payment of gold coins (depending on how high your tower was, and how many stars you managed to secure). Plus, if you bag a three-star score, there’s a chance you could unlock a monster egg for each level, too, and this rewards gamers with an unlockable monster of their own.

The challenge at hand, then, is to unlock as many in-game monsters as possible while building your towers as tall as you can, thereby clocking up super-high scores. Game Center integration should get you competing against online pals, and a number of different environments means you won’t get bored of Monster Stacker in a hurry. These include a classic dungeon, a ‘forest lair,’ and even a volcano area. Each one poses unique challenges (such as trees, fire, and lava) and features a different rogue who’s contracting you to stack up his monster supply. However, fret not: these so-called bad guys are actually rather funny and friendly, and offer users advice as they progress through the game.

Bosses might look gruff, but they help more than hinder in Monster Stacker.

Bosses might look gruff, but they help more than hinder in Monster Stacker.

Price: Free

Size: 17.1 MB

Version: 1.3.0

Platform: iPhone and iPad

Developer: Gareth Vaughan

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Monster Stacker Review: Addictive Tower-Builder
“Monster Stacker is a game for all ages that poses fun challenges, interesting gameplay, and high replay value”
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  • Suitable for kids and adults
  • Longevity
4.0Overall Score