The wild popularity of Fruit Ninja [99¢ / HD] is a hard act to follow, but I think Halfbrick's next game is more than up to snuff. In Monster Dash {99¢], you play as Barry Steakfries, a man who loves two things in life: Running and killing monsters. Of course I don't know him personally, but I've been able to discern as much from spending the past week playing Monster Dash in almost every second of spare time I can find.

Monster Dash is a randomly generated survival platformer where you run to the right as long as you can, much like Canabalt [$2.99]. This is where the Canabalt similarities end, as between Barry Steakfries and wherever he's running to is an array of monsters which all must be either avoided or slain. Barry's default weapon is a shotgun, which has limited range, but along the way you will find weapon crates packed with sub machine guns, a powerful six shooter, and even a machine gun jetpack.

Barry's life is represented in heart on the top right corner of the screen, and you can regain health by picking up heart power-ups on your run. Colliding with an enemy or hitting spikes causes you to lose health, and when you run out of hearts or miss a jump and fall to your death your run is over. From there, your score is submitted to OpenFeint online leaderboards, and you start again. On your run you will randomly warp through four different settings, from an egyptian world filled with mummies to the rooftop ruins following a zombie apocalypse.

Monster Dash is host to oodles of OpenFeint achievements and also a ridiculous amount of stat tracking, keeping count of things like your total distance travelled, how many monsters you've stomped, most consecutive stomps, and a bunch of other things. Also, not only is there a leaderboard for single run distance, but you can also compete for total distance ran, total monsters killed in one run, as well as total monsters killed overall.

The graphics in Monster Dash consist of fantastically drawn sprites, and the fast paced music fits perfectly with the pace of the game. Overall, Monster Dash is just a ton of fun, the controls are simple and just consist of tapping either side of the iPhone screen to jump or fire, and I'm really having a hard time finding anything to complain about. Best of all, Halfbrick has had an amazing track record with updating Fruit Ninja with all kinds of additional game modes and content and all day people have been contributing their own ideas as to what would make Monster Dash even more awesome in the thread on our forums.

Halfbrick obviously hasn't committed to implementing any of these things, but it's not hard to imagine how well various power-ups and additional weaponry could fit in to the game. Regardless of whether or not these things ever happen, I'm happy as a clam with Monster Dash. If you like Canabalt-style gameplay and hate monsters, you basically need to download Monster Dash as soon as possible.

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  • Will

    So does Openfeint freeze the game or drop the frame rate every time you get an achievement?

    • ErkB729

      i haven't noticed any freeze or drop in frame rate when i've gotten an achievement. ;-)

      • Will

        That's good, because OF has ruined countless Aqua Moto 2 races for me.

    • Sera

      well, do not activate open feint ;)

  • Will

    So does Openfeint freeze the game or drop the frame rate every time you get an achievement?

    • ErkB729

      i haven't noticed any freeze or drop in frame rate when i've gotten an achievement. ;-)

      • Will

        That's good, because OF has ruined countless Aqua Moto 2 races for me.

    • Sera

      well, do not activate open feint ;)

  • Metalbear

    Downloading now. The OF achievements sold me on it.

  • Metalbear

    Downloading now. The OF achievements sold me on it.

  • John

    I don't really like how the starting theme changes with every game you play, it is really jarring to me and irritating, I wish it started on one theme, and the next ones are all in a random order.

  • John

    I don't really like how the starting theme changes with every game you play, it is really jarring to me and irritating, I wish it started on one theme, and the next ones are all in a random order.

  • Miost

    I'd like to try a lite version first...

    • Sera

      you don't have to. it's just great, if you like games like canabalt, robot unicorn attack etc

  • Miost

    I'd like to try a lite version first...

    • Sera

      you don't have to. it's just great, if you like games like canabalt, robot unicorn attack etc

  • lovely

    shooting monsters should somewhat add to your highscore

  • lovely

    shooting monsters should somewhat add to your highscore

  • http://www.toucharcade.com Mr T Bailey

    Just bought it, really worth $1.19 (in Australia), infinitely better then the bag of chips I was considering buying from the office vending machine which only would have increased my salt count and ended up as fish food.

    Really fun, shoot and jump time waster. Cool weapons too. Nice atmosphere, very polished.

    Thanks for the heads up TA.

    • http://www.toucharcade.com Mr T Bailey

      I just laughed out loud in my cubicle after reading "Death better be ready to rock off for the top bunk!"

      Comedy gold Halfbrick.

  • http://www.toucharcade.com Mr T Bailey

    Just bought it, really worth $1.19 (in Australia), infinitely better then the bag of chips I was considering buying from the office vending machine which only would have increased my salt count and ended up as fish food.

    Really fun, shoot and jump time waster. Cool weapons too. Nice atmosphere, very polished.

    Thanks for the heads up TA.

    • http://www.toucharcade.com Mr T Bailey

      I just laughed out loud in my cubicle after reading "Death better be ready to rock off for the top bunk!"

      Comedy gold Halfbrick.

  • lovely

    this game needs some slow motion matrix-style powerup. now that would be awesome..

  • lovely

    this game needs some slow motion matrix-style powerup. now that would be awesome..

  • jordz

    dose anyone remember monster bash?? i had to look twice. lol

    • Sera

      yes. it's by the creators from angry birds

  • jordz

    dose anyone remember monster bash?? i had to look twice. lol

    • Sera

      yes. it's by the creators from angry birds

  • MrMuesli

    Double jump please.

    • Sera

      please indeed

  • MrMuesli

    Double jump please.

    • Sera

      please indeed

  • Sera

    if you do not like open feint, don't activate it?! what's the problem?
    i've bought the game and i is really fun, bu the level esign is a bit boring. cenabalt's level design is way better! and super quick hooks (avalanche) has the best level design, compared with random generated levels!!

  • Sera

    if you do not like open feint, don't activate it?! what's the problem?
    i've bought the game and i is really fun, bu the level esign is a bit boring. cenabalt's level design is way better! and super quick hooks (avalanche) has the best level design, compared with random generated levels!!

  • eev

    This is not very nice to compare great game Monster Dash with such mediocre game like Canabalt.

    • Sera

      canabalt isn't medicore.
      it's style and music is awesome and the game is much fun to play. just the pirce is to high and there is all the time the same (only one level, one chacter)
      but canabalt is stil a great game!

      • eev

        Price of Canabalt is ok, gameplay too. but power consumption, network stuff and support are mediocre.

  • eev

    This is not very nice to compare great game Monster Dash with such mediocre game like Canabalt.

    • Sera

      canabalt isn't medicore.
      it's style and music is awesome and the game is much fun to play. just the pirce is to high and there is all the time the same (only one level, one chacter)
      but canabalt is stil a great game!

      • eev

        Price of Canabalt is ok, gameplay too. but power consumption, network stuff and support are mediocre.

  • http://www.postajob.org Jobs

    Good site loving it from the word go practical stuff.

  • http://www.postajob.org Jobs

    Good site loving it from the word go practical stuff.

  • Skyr795

    Hey cool, isn't this the protagonist from that PSP mini they did, Age of Zombies?

  • Skyr795

    Hey cool, isn't this the protagonist from that PSP mini they did, Age of Zombies?

  • Carlos

    I really like this game, but I think that the game needs a combo system!! like fruit ninja (which hadn't that system at the beginning)

  • Carlos

    I really like this game, but I think that the game needs a combo system!! like fruit ninja (which hadn't that system at the beginning)

  • Dubdub

    This looks awesome, but I really hope they're making an iPad version soon - I already have way too many pixel doubled iPhone games. Please update, TA, when an iPad version comes :) pretty please?

  • Dubdub

    This looks awesome, but I really hope they're making an iPad version soon - I already have way too many pixel doubled iPhone games. Please update, TA, when an iPad version comes :) pretty please?

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    this game is awesome. I wish there was a monster counter so I could spend their skulls on awesome in-game purchases.

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    this game is awesome. I wish there was a monster counter so I could spend their skulls on awesome in-game purchases.

  • sammysin

    Aww, I'm happy as a clam with this too Eli!

  • sammysin

    Aww, I'm happy as a clam with this too Eli!

  • dlehman

    Can anyone clarify how you do an "aerial stomp" in this game? I'm unclear how an aerial stomp differs from landing on a monster's head.

    Do you have to actually be jumping in the air when a monster happens to fly into the scene, and then just happen to have your feet in the vicinity of the arc of its head?

    • ImNoSuperMan

      You'll need to kill a vampire monster while its landing down from the sky. I dont think you need to do anything here. If you happen to hit the monster in air, it'll die and you'll get the achievement :)

  • dlehman

    Can anyone clarify how you do an "aerial stomp" in this game? I'm unclear how an aerial stomp differs from landing on a monster's head.

    Do you have to actually be jumping in the air when a monster happens to fly into the scene, and then just happen to have your feet in the vicinity of the arc of its head?

    • ImNoSuperMan

      You'll need to kill a vampire monster while its landing down from the sky. I dont think you need to do anything here. If you happen to hit the monster in air, it'll die and you'll get the achievement :)

  • junkie

    machinegun_jetpack rulezzz! :D

  • junkie

    machinegun_jetpack rulezzz! :D