Crescent Moon Games's big hitter this week is Monkey Boxing, a game about monkeys that can -- wait for it -- box like humans do. With gloves. And in a ring. In clothing. It's sort of weird at first or, really, even thirteenth glance.

With two button controls, you're tasked with beating the crap out of opposing monkey boxers. One button is just a simple punch command, the other a block. When you land a bunch of punches, they automatically string together into combos. But when you time a block just right, you break these combos and leave a big enough opening to start back into your own in kind. You'd figure this would be overly simplistic, even for a boxing game starring monkeys, but the timing component kinda makes it. Matches have a pleasant push-and-pull feel to them, as you and your opponent take turns drilling each other and countering. Also, ultimately the person with the best rhythm and timing wins the match.

The single-player component has some neat RPG-ish that allow you to put new eye ware and trunks on your monkeys as you progress through the campaign's ladder. You can also train up your monkey between matches, leveling his strength, endurance, and speed.

If you're feeling froggy, you can take your monkey and use him against a friend via the game's same device multiplayer. On iPhone, the need for the UI elements and two monkeys on-screen make this a little too hard to play comfortably with someone else, but on a big old iPad this mode of play feels just fine.

Monkey Boxing is certainly slick little arcade game, maybe perfect for those who don't want the complexity of a Punch-Out but wouldn't mind punching something every now and then. It's kind of a no-frills title, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Look for it tonight when it hits.

Forum Thread: [NZ] Monkey Boxing - (by Crescent Moon Games) [Universal]
International App Store Link: Monkey Boxing, $2.99

Monkey boxing should be available on the US App Store at 11:00 PM Eastern, or potentially much earlier if you're in a region east of the USA. To be alerted when the game is available, open this story in the TouchArcade App [Free] and add it to your watch list. A little after 11:00 PM tonight you'll get a push alert with the download link.

  • bigrand1

    I couldn't help but laugh when I heard those monkeys squealing when they got hit! Funny stuff. Gonna pick this up!

  • iamthekiller

    Brad, what's going on with all the multiple "coming tonight" posts? I looked forward to going to Toucharcade on Wednesday and seeing the one big "coming tonight" post with all the new games in one organized post. Now it's one random post after another.

    • garret44

      I was wondering the same thing, are you guys splitting it up because of big releases?

    • echo_pdx

      Yeah, I'm not wild bout this change either. The big "Coming Tonight" post was/is my favorite TA feature and I hope this experiment is aborted in short order.

  • itsalexclark

    I agree with the other posters, I preferred when coming tonight was one article. still love this site.

  • Illuminerdy

    I like that the write ups for coming tonight are more substantial, but I preferred the single post. It was fun reading the comments section of that single thread and seeing what people were picking up. Maybe there's a happy medium. Meatier write ups, but still in a single post?

    • Zeldaniac


    • MrSHakerEsq

      Not this.

  • Brian Boulnois

    well this is the longest 48 hours i seen for a game to be submitted to apple... that game being star command......

    • iamthekiller

      It's been submitted. It's just still in the approval process...
      We will have a big fat release trailer with the release date as soon as we have it.
      2:22 PM - 17 Apr 13

      • Brian Boulnois

        thats what they said last week.....

  • toxiccheese

    One "coming tonight" list please!