Mon­key­ing around could end up steal­ing much of your time

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION -

The game Sling Kong en­cour­ages its play­ers to get into some mon­key busi­ness. The aim of the game is to launch your adorable an­i­mal avatar (who is, by de­fault, a mon­key) as high as you can up the cur­rent level. You launch your fuzzy friend from peg to peg, though you’ll have to avoid some ob­sta­cles that pose some se­ri­ous peril. If you can as­cend and suc­cess­fully avoid th­ese haz­ards, in­clud­ing fire, buzz saws and pound­ing blocks, you’re re­warded with a higher score. As you play, you can un­lock other char­ac­ters. The app also has other mini-games that can help you earn in-game cur­rency to buy more char­ac­ters.

The game does have in-app pur­chases for those who want to buy more of the game’s gold. It’s also ad-sup­ported, though any­one who buys some­thing through the app can ditch ads. There’s also some im­pli­ca­tion of vi­o­lence when you miss a peg or hit an ob­sta­cle. But there’s never any vi­o­lence on screen. The app car­ries a 9+ rat­ing, which can be a guide for par­ents who are wor­ried. Over­all, though, Sling Kong is a fun way to pass the time.

Free, for iOS and An­droid.

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