|Developer(s)||Behaviour Interactive, Nickelodeon Virtual Worlds Group|
|Release||March 17, 2011|
Monkey Quest was an MMO geared toward children's multi-player gameplay. It was developed by Nickelodeon Virtual Worlds Group and launched in March 2011. It was showcased at GDC in 2011. Monkey Quest was shut down on September 26, 2014 so that Nickelodeon could focus on other digital and mobile experiences. The Monkey Quest: Thunderbow app was also removed from the App Store on July 31, 2014.
The player's monkey entered the land of Ook. The player was then able to travel around and meet new inhabitants of the virtual world. The player needed to complete multiple quests along the way. They could meet friends, buy new objects, visit the Mayor Bumbee, battle monsters and much more. As the user played, their monkey unlocked more lands, discovered more about the legendary Monkey King, and could even become leader of a tribe.
There were five monkey tribes available:
- The Chim Foo
- The Sea Dragons
- The Ootu Mystics
- The Ice Raiders
And the fifth and final tribe, the Mek-Tek (Mechanical Technology). This tribe was never playable as the game was shut down before it was released.
There was a large number of Quests available throughout the game. There were 4 different kinds of Quests:
Main Quests could only be done once by every player. As the player leveled up their character, main quests would get harder to complete.
Daily Quests could be done once a day by any player, regardless of their current level.
Side Quests - Quests that could be done in addition to the other quest types.
Quests that required 2 or more players. Most of these only required 2, but some required 3 players. A Pet could also help in these quests.
There were 5 kinds of different types of Quests in Monkey Quest. Each type depended on which section of Ook the player is in.
- Mek-Tek (Mechanical Technology), was never available to begin with, due to the fact that the game was shut down before it was ever released
- Sea Dragons
- Ootu Mystics
- Chim Foo
- Ice Raiders
Due to an update, all players (non-members and members) could access trails. This followed the deletion of NC Trail Keys and Guest Passes.
To explore the worlds of Ook, players used the arrow keys on their keyboard. Jumping was controlled by pressing the space bar and pressing the arrow keys whilst jumping allowed the player to jump in that direction. Pressing the space bar then the down arrow whilst in midair made the character do a dive bomb towards the ground. The player could also press either the CTRL key or the X key on their keyboard whilst facing an in-game NPC to either access new quests or obtain various information about Ook and its residents. The game had five equippable hot keys (C, V, B, N, and M) to control weapons, potions, pets and any other items players wished to access quickly.
There were two types of currency in Monkey Quest. The main type of currency was bananas, which were commonly earned from quests and could be used at a vendor to buy items, whilst the other currency, NC (Nick Cash) could be bought with real money or could be earned by levelling up and could be used to buy items from the NC mall which was located at the bottom right corner of the screen in Monkey Quest.
There were membership plans that allow you to pay in real life money for special features in the game such as access to all trails, ability to join each tribe, along with accessing certain areas only available to paid members.
Possibility of a film adaptation
In August 2012, Variety reported that Paramount Animation (which like Nickelodeon is owned by Viacom) was in the process of starting development of several animated movies with budgets of around US$100 million. According to Variety, the intellectual property for these films, which is to be supplied by Nickelodeon among others, included Monkey Quest.
On August 14, 2014, Nickelodeon announced that after 4 years of operation, Monkey Quest was being shut down permanently on September 26, 2014. Subsequently, every player was given membership for the remaining time of the game. Players were offered refunds for their memberships if they contacted Nickelodeon within a given time before the game shut down. The website was also updated with a closing message on the index page. The Monkey Quest website did not close until January 30, 2016. The game remained open for a month after the announcement, finally closing on the set date, September 26, 2014. After the game's closure, Monkey Quest's website was updated with a new FAQ to help with billing support and inform users about the game's closure. Monkey Quest's site, monkeyquest.com, now redirects to Nickelodeon's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/nickelodeon. In response to the closure, former players have attempted to recreate Monkey Quest. The most successful recreation, Monkey Quest Reborn, is currently in Alpha testing and is expected to be released mid-2021.
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