I have often found that sequels tend to make me anxious. The excitement of revisiting a familiar world clashes with the unease of potential disappointment, leaving me weary. Games, of course, can be notoriously hard to judge before playing, or at least have more insight than trailers can offer. Do Not Feed The Monkeys 2099 was my first experience with the franchise from developer Fictiorama Studios, but an entry point I can confidently say I am pleased to have experienced.
“Each cage is unique, ranging from the alien and mundane to diabolical and deranged.”
Set in a future that has seen Earth depleted of its resources, Do Not Feed The Monkeys 2099 starts players off with a letter introducing them to The Primate Observation Club. Your lifetime membership is an inheritance from your late uncle, featuring requirements to avoid expulsion. This includes purchasing a certain number of cages, avoiding sharing Club activities, and of course not feeding the monkeys. You are then brought to your apartment where you will proceed to peer across the galaxy.
From your computer, you have access to a program featuring four cages. These cameras keep watch over different locations and it’s now your job to track anything of interest. Each cage is unique, ranging from the alien and mundane to diabolical and deranged.
Yellow highlighted objects or text can be clicked to save for running through a search engine. The search page even allows you to combine two keywords to locate websites and gather additional info. Digging for answers is often rewarded with cash, which you will need plenty of to avoid being expelled.
“Remembering to eat, sleep, and watch your health is necessary to make it to the end of Do Not Feed The Monkeys 2099.”
New cages are not too expensive, but you only have five days to acquire the necessary amount for your level. Buying the recording mod can net you a nice payout for juicy content but it’s not a dependable source of income. Moving away from your desk, you’ll find a device near the door where you can take on different jobs. These feature different wages, work times, and hours of operation, leaving you to juggle when to step away from your Club duties.
However, time and cash are only a few of the resources that need to be managed. Remembering to eat, sleep, and watch your health is necessary to make it to the end of Do Not Feed The Monkeys 2099.
What you eat can raise and lower your health so food choices are another aspect to track. Shopping takes time out of the day, without risking a lost payment when you fail to accept a delivery order. Neighbors and other visitors will knock on your door as well, such as debt collectors or questionable scientists. These provide less impersonal interactions with human, alien and robotic lifeforms than your computer and the occasional opportunity.
“If you’ve ever wondered what dark secrets lie hidden behind closed doors, Do Not Feed The Monkeys 2099 is the game for you.”
As you acquire more cages, your workload increases, but you steadily ascend through the ranks of The Club. Each new level achieved grants you access to additional features, providing more ways to engage with the world.
You might opt to dial a discovered phone number to encourage the person on the other end to share valuable information. Alternatively, you could choose to dispatch a gift to a specific address, while players also have the opportunity to invest in various business ventures. Moreover, each morning, the news bulletin chronicles occurrences and incidents across various planets, and some stories might resonate with your own experiences.
However, it comes a time when your journey as an intergalactic voyager will eventually conclude. Here you will be treated to an epilogue of events, describing the vague fate of yourself and those you have affected. This opportunity to reflect on choices made is amazing for correcting mistakes and lends itself well to the game’s multiple endings.
If you’ve ever wondered what dark secrets lie hidden behind closed doors, Do Not Feed The Monkeys 2099 is the game for you. Its take on dystopian consumerism, interspecies ethics, and the like are equal parts diabolical, hilarious, and disturbing.
Players can even enjoy spying on the unsuspecting with or without all of the stress thanks to multiple game modes. Fans of the first game can even rejoice in community-requested features, like a peephole and end-game content. Those looking to explore voyeurism in a safe, if not questionable manner, look no further than Do Not Feed The Monkeys 2099.
*Disclaimer: Reviewed on PC, code was provided by the Publisher.
Do Not Feed The Monkeys 2099 Review
Do Not Feed The Monkeys 2099 does what it sets out to do as a voyeur simulator. Watch, research, and inspect each cage and report your findings, or forge your own path and succumb to the results of defying The Primate Observation Club.