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Video Game / Monkey King: Hero Is Back

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Monkey King: Hero is Back is a 3D Beat 'em Up game by HEXADRIVE and Oasis Games, based on the 2015 Chinese animated film film of the name, which was itself based on the legendary Journey to the West. It was released on October 17th, 2019 for PS4 and for PC through Steam.

This adaptation pits the Great Sage himself, Sun Wukong, newly freed after 500 years of imprisonment, with Liuer, a young boy who looks up to the Monkey King in a journey that brings them close together.

Monkey King: Hero Is Back provides examples of:

  • Big Brother Mentor: Liur looks up to Wukong almost like a kid asking his brother asking him to play with him. When he saw Wukong fight monsters, he asks him if he could teach him.
    Wukong: You don't learn martial arts. You steal them.
    Liur: Oh, oh, I I should just watch you fight, should I?
    Wukong: Do what you want.
    Liur: Yay!
  • Charged Attack: The typical beat-em-up strong attack. However, it is pulled off faster when at the end of a combo of weaker attacks.
  • Counter-Attack: Unusually, it is possible to counter-attack with both a weak and a strong attack, which will have different effects. The former doesn't just hit the enemy, but also locks Sun Wukong into a QTE stand-off; the latter just hits them really hard and knocks them way back, but isn't guaranteed to defeat them on its own.
  • Expository Gameplay Limitation: The player is often forced walk slowly while the exposition occurs.
  • Golem: There's a rock golem boss. After defeating it, you have to fight its variations three more times.
  • Invisible Wall: These are present in pretty much every level, to much chagrin from the players.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: One of the spells briefly summons a bench that acts as a shield.
  • Mirror Match: There's a battle against the shadow Sun Wukong.
  • Optional Stealth: Downplayed. It is possible to sneak up on some enemies in order to ambush them with more effective attacks.
  • Palette Swap: Most of the enemies are various reskins of the mountain trolls.
  • Spike Shooter: One of Sun Wukong's spells allows him to shoot needles.
  • Talking Animal: Sun Wukong, the titular Monkey King, and Zhu Baijie, a talking pig.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Wukong and Zhu Baijie get on each other's nerves a lot, but they still make a good team.
    Liur: Nice to see you two getting on.
    Both Wukong and Zhu: We're not.