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Mono

CNET Editors' review

The excellent shooter Duo features a two-directional gun with enemies and weapons based on mathematical functions. Binary Zoo's follow-up uses similar elements and a unique treatment of colors to create a one-of-a-kind gaming experience. Start with a black or white screen and then turn it into its opposite color by shooting colorful blobs that paint the screen as they explode.

Auto-fire is selected by default. You can turn it off and use the left mouse button to fire manually, but there's no reason to do so. The right mouse button allows you to rotate your ship. Since the mouse moves the ship as well, directing your shots takes some practice, but it quickly becomes second nature.

As the screen changes color, your enemies are affected. Red makes enemies return fire; green speeds them up; and blue makes them home in on your ship. All of this is rather extraneous, however, since you'll be too busy moving and firing to pay much attention to what the heck's going on. The easy and normal levels aren't much different, but playing on hard is psychedelically masochistic. Don't worry when the screen starts to pulse and throb. It's supposed to do that.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.4 stars

    out of 42 votes

    • 5 star: 26
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current version:

    4.4 stars

    out of 42 votes

    • 5 star: 26
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Arcade fun with lots of colors!!!!!!!!"

    June 3, 2012  |   By mootrix

    Version: Mono 1.02

    Pros

    easy controls
    crazy dazzingling color parade

    Cons

    None found

    Summary

    Beautiful arcade game that really stand out form the generic stuff out there.


    But is it art?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "fast action fun game!"

    March 31, 2010  |   By pchoate

    Version: Mono 1.02

    Pros

    easy play, excellent graphics, simple but fun

    Cons

    it's basically an update of an old style arcade shooter

    Summary

    great free game

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very addictive, fun, and entertaining."

    December 17, 2009  |   By meparker

    Version: Mono 1.02

    Pros

    Simple to play, but hard to beat.

    Cons

    No cons, I like the game.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Game"

    April 16, 2009  |   By Manhunter098

    Version: Mono 1.02

    Pros

    Its a very fun game with a great arsenal of powerups. It takes strategy beyond simply shooting randomly at all the enemies. The graphics and the effects are very trippy and you can play your own music.

    Cons

    As a self proclaimed expert who has managed to make it to a maxumum of 95% this game is impossible to beat even on easy mode, in fact the only difference between modes is the speed at which the enemies start out when they first appear.

    Summary

    The game mechanics are not very clear. After a while playing though I have managed to figure them out.

    Basically every 10% that you fill will create an extra enemy. When the game reaches 50% when you are struck by enemy fire you loose a powerup level, you also loose a powerup level if you are struck by a full sized enemy. At 75% the powerups will begin to explode if you do not collect them.

    The strategy to doing the best in this game is to completely fill in only the corners first, so only destroy enemies in those areas until they are filled, by then you should be at around 30-40% completion. Furthermore by trailing behind the large enemies you can cause them to curve more sharply (this is aided by destroying more blue enemies, kill them anywhere you like on the screen when you are starting out). Also when starting out avoid destroying too many red enemies near the center of the screen.

    Make sure to keep your blaster from firing unless destroying a specific enemy in this stage to preserve the fully sized enemies so you can corner them.

    The optimal control for the game is to use the arrow or asdf keys to point your ship at the enemies and the mouse to move around, using the mouse to rotate your ship makes it difficult to control your position and focus on specific enemies, you will loose a lot faster if you use the mouse to aim.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "So much eye candy, your eyes will get a stomachache."

    March 26, 2009  |   By brianbdm

    Version: Mono 1.02

    Pros

    It's such a colorful game, and such a brilliant idea!

    Cons

    The gameplay is rather monotonus, but the graphics more than make up for it.

    Summary

    In case you didn't notice, the colors of the blobs are Red Blue and Green. When you have Red Blue and Green light, you get white. Starting with a white background and adding red blue and green to your screen blends your colors together to get the white background.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Like being in a paintball fight...on acid"

    February 3, 2009  |   By CarolJWright

    Version: Mono 1.02

    Pros

    What a tri!!. Vivid colors, hyper music (might try changing it one day), and appropriate sound effects. Got to 67% after two days. Don't think I'll ever get to 100, cause at Easy level 67% is delightful chaos.

    Cons

    Not many instructions in the folder's html file. The action is furiously fast, so not much time to think and plan, just react and eventually figure it out. Like the color doesn't spray until the SMALLEST balls are destroyed.

    Summary

    Perhaps the WASD keys could be manually reconfigured. This is what points the direction of the gun nozzle Up, Down, Right, Left. Is there a way to determine how much of my playing piece is left? Is there a benefit from running over several stars in quick succession rather than staying with a satisfying bullet spray. Very nice game!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very Good Arcade Game"

    January 24, 2009  |   By wolby2001

    Version: Mono 1.02

    Pros

    Simpleeasy to use, controls are easy to get used to. Very Addictve.

    Cons

    A bit jumpy sometimes and a bit of a "messy" game.

    Summary

    A great simple and easy to use arcade game, the only drawback apart from the above mentioned con is the fact that the game becomes a little bit confusing, with several "baddies" also known as flying circles attacking your ship at once while your shooting bullets in every direction it is a little hard to follow. Excellent game and the Crazy Powerups make it all the much better

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  • 5.0 stars

    "never seen anything like it."

    November 20, 2008  |   By rileyblog1

    Version: Mono 1.02

    Pros

    very very addicting. ultimate tweaker game.

    Cons

    there really isn't any cons for this game. maybe thats it's almost too easy to pick up for first timers.

    Summary

    this is by far the best downloaded game i have found on download.com so far. i wasn't expecting much when i started playing it but now it's all i do!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "fun"

    November 22, 2007  |   By anh tu dep trai

    Version: Mono 1.02

    Pros

    good

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  • 5.0 stars

    "What A RIDE!!!!"

    July 11, 2007  |   By kdubb49

    Version: Mono 1.02

    Pros

    The colors and automatic shooter make it very Addictive. GREAT!!!!

    Cons

    None, just have to figure out how to have my own music playing in the background.

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