Towelfight 2: The Monocle of Destiny ($0.99) by Butterscotch Shenanigans, LLC is a simple arcade game where you must find the main bad guy and kill him by “shooting animals out of your face.” Just because you can project can-eating goats from your magical monocle, doesn’t mean you have to.
Players control the dog-loving monocle-wearing Hardik as he travels across a wild landscape in search of the irritating god Forn, who has locked JOBi away in the underworld.
Move Hardik with the game’s virtual D-pad controllers on the left side of the screen. Shoot frogs, goats, snakes, and more, out of Hardik’s magical monocle by using the D-pad controller on the right side of the screen.
Players must find Forn by visiting different sections of the game. Each new screen produces a smattering of enemies that you must destroy before the gates will open up to let you pass.
Enemies include groundhogs, hamsters, and acorn-throwing squirrels. The forest’s friends are not very nice in this territory. Hardik shoots frogs, goats, snakes and more out of his monocle. Each “bullet” can be modified to cause more severe damage. For example, the goat explodes with an area-of-effect when shot, but you can add extra shrapnel with the “Can O’ Soup” modification, and make the effected area larger with the “Robo Horn” modification.
The game is full of clever quips and humorous nods to the gaming community. For example, whenever you hit an enemy, a non sequitur word or phrase, like “Purple Nurple,” will appear. Whenever you die, JOBi will say something like, “I don’t even have arms and I die less than you…”
I have one bad thing to say about this game. It is terrible on the iPhone. I first downloaded it on my iPhone 5 and it was just about impossible to play. Once the game launched, the developers discovered that there is a bug that keeps it from rotating to landscape mode. OK, so that explains the awkwardness of the portrait mode. However, it doesn’t explain the unbelievable difficulty in using the tiny controls, or reading the itty-bitty font. My only hope is that everything will get stretched out once the bug is fixed so that your fingers can actually fit on the D-pads. Otherwise, it is completely useless on an iPhone 5.
This game is fantastic fun for anyone who likes simple arcade games with humorous undertones. It is clever and funny and the gameplay is classic dual-stick action. If you like simple, but exciting games that let you shoot animals out of your face, then you’ll want to download this game right now.