Dare The Monkey

dare icon 1024Say hello to Dare, your little monkey hero! Risk life and limb as you run, jump, and roll your way across increasingly tricky worlds.

Available exclusively on the App Store for iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

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Apple Watch Gameplay

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Dare the Monkey

Say hello to Dare, your little monkey hero! Risk life and limb as you run, jump, and roll your way across increasingly tricky worlds.

Dare the Monkey is an extremely addictive, super casual, one-touch platformer that evokes the spirit of classic arcade and console games. It’s a love letter to the golden age of Sega and Nintendo games but expertly reinvented for mobile. Think Donkey Kong Country meets Mr. Jump with a touch of Sonic the Hedgehog thrown in for good measure.

Easy to pick up but difficult to master. Play it if you Dare!

Features

  • Inspired by classics such as Donkey Kong, Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario
  • Designed to appeal to lovers of casual games such as Crossy Road and Mr Jump
  • Tricky levels that will challenge platform lovers and hardcore gamers alike
  • Over 50 levels, across 3 different game modes
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV
  • World’s first endless runner on Apple Watch
  • Full support for iPhone X

Backstory

Natural disaster has struck Dare’s beloved jungle habitat. To save his tribe, our little monkey hero dashes off on an adventure to find the twelve hidden statues of Jambo – his monkey god. Only when enough gold has been collected and offered at each location will peace and harmony be restored.

Developer Interview

The Spirit of Coin-Op Reinvented

Three years ago indie developer Alan Caleb embarked on a journey to create a super casual, one-touch, platformer that would evoke the spirit of classic arcade and console games. The end result is Dare the Monkey – a love letter to the golden age of Sega and Nintendo games but expertly reinvented for mobile. Think Donkey Kong meets Mr. Jump with a touch of Sonic the Hedgehog thrown in for good measure.

Aesthetically it takes you to a happy place. Dare – the game’s little monkey hero inhabits a world of azure blue skies, blinding suns, and pools of iridescent water. Visually it’s how you remember classic coin-ops looking. There’s a sense that every pixel has its place as you run, jump, and roll your way through each of the game’s gorgeous environments.

“There was an energy and optimism about the games I grew up playing.” reminisces Alan when talking about the inspirations behind the project. “Every world was the perfect version of what it was trying to be, complete with vibrant colour palettes and percussion-heavy backing tracks. I wanted to recreate that on modern hardware rather than the gritty realism you see in many games today.”

It’s not just the visuals that are influenced by eighties and nineties video games. Dare the Monkey’s super addictive gameplay borrows heavily from that era too. Levels are constructed around short, simple compulsive loops that keep players coming back. And that simplicity has been carried into the game’s controls too. Accessibility is at the heart of its design. Anyone can learn to play: a few taps of the screen and you’ve grasped the basics.

Like many great arcade games, Dare’s easy to play but difficult to master. “That was intentional” says Alan. There’s a delight in its replayability. A rhythm to proceedings. A certain feel that lets you know you’re getting better. “You’ll begin by collecting coins just for the hell of it.” he continues, “but before long you’ll be chasing down every last one as you strive for excellence.” It’s these little things that combine to make something that’s hard to put down.

It’s easy to think that Dare has been developed exclusively for an older audience who’re after that heartfelt nostalgia of their youth. However that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“When I was developing Dare the Monkey I was thinking of younger gamers as much as myself.” For it to succeed it needed to strike a chord with as wide an audience as possible. “I took it on the road – traveling to games expos up and down the country.” explains Alan. “It was a good decision.” he recalls. “There was no shortage of kids and teenagers queueing up to play it. I learned so much about what was working and what wasn’t. It really helped shape the game.” Although still early in development one thing was clear: “They loved it!”

“The feedback from the expos was everything I’d hoped for.” continues Alan. But there was one person in particular he wanted to impress. “During development I was always thinking about my seven year-old son. I wanted Dare the Monkey to help forge an even stronger relationship between us both.” It’s apparent that it has. “We love taking turns playing on my iPhone; trying to learn from each other’s mistakes. You know, as an adult it’s easy to dismiss the importance of these little shared moments – but to a kid they’re everything.”

Dare the Monkey’s reach goes beyond just the iPhone. For starters, there’s the iPad. “The larger screen brings each world to life. You really feel as if they’re real places that the game’s characters actually live in”. It doesn’t end with the iPad though. “Kids these days will never know the thrill of visiting an arcade with your pocket full of coins.” says Alan. “That’s what inspired me to bring Dare to Apple TV. That big screen experience is the closest most of them will ever get to the thrill of an arcade cabinet’s soft and alluring phosphor glow.”

But it’s not all about big. There was one more platform Alan was eager to target. “The fact that Dare focusses on a few simple core mechanics makes it perfect for the Apple Watch.” he explains. It’s another nod to his youth where he fondly remembers playing LCD watch games in class, hoping not to get caught by his teacher. “It’s the first endless runner to appear on Apple Watch” he says with some pride. “and perfect for short gaming fixes when you’ve got a few minutes to spare”.

Whether it’s a slice of nostalgia you’re after or simply a challenge, there’s something there for everyone. Dare the Monkey bridges the sensibilities of classic coin-ops with the look and feel of a modern high-definition game. For Alan it was more than just wanting to provide something that was fun to play. It was about providing an experience.

Dare the Monkey is exclusively available on the App Store for iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

HRN Games

HRN Games is a new UK based video game publisher with a focus on the mobile games market. It was founded by Dave Goodger of Hot Right Now LTD – a mobile ringtone publisher. Dare the Monkey is HRN Games’ debut release.

Team Dare

Team Dare is a two-person indie game studio founded by twin brothers Alan and Christopher Caleb. Dare the Monkey is their first game, which was development in sunny Scotland over a three year period.

Contact

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