Have you ever wanted to pull off the perfect heist? Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine places you in control of a crew of thieves who are out to do just that. Monaco is more than your average crime game; the objective is to steal just about anything that isn’t nailed down and then escape without being caught. Monaco has no restrictions on how it can be played. The player can choose to be stealthy or massacre everyone in the level; there is no right or wrong way to complete a level.
Monaco What’s Yours Is Mine is a co-op heist game that can be played either online with others or offline without assistance. Granted, Monaco is more of a party game than a single-player experience, but it’s not necessary to play online to enjoy the game.
There are four different character classes to choose from — Locksmith, Pickpocket, Lookout and The Cleaner. The classes, as their names imply, have specific skills. For example: the Locksmith class can sneak into locations, unlock doors with efficiency, and escape undetected. Sounds easy, right? Not exactly. There are plenty of traps that can make your job difficult, so you must be constantly aware of these dangers.
There are times when Monaco doesn’t take itself serious, like when you leave the bodies of your victims behind. While I would like to explain what happens, it really should be left for the player to experience.
As you progress through the single-player campaign, additional character classes unlock for use in both single-player and multiplayer. Even though some characters are better in some fields than others doesn’t mean they can’t use computer terminals for hacking or certain weapons like fire; they’re just not as efficient as those that are.
The game’s premise is pretty straightforward; the goal is to capture as much cash as possible and escape the level. Some aspects of the game will have you freeing additional characters or rescuing additional teammates, but the main premise of the game is always about stealing as much goodies as possible.
One important thing to keep in mind while playing Monaco is the amount of time it takes you to complete a level. Since the game is always keeping track of your completion time, it will add your ‘best’ time to an online leader board for everyone to see. You are constantly in competition with other gamers even when you’re not playing online. This is a great feature; it adds a competitive edge to Monaco.
Monaco uses an 8-bit graphic style that’s become quite popular these days. While pixelated, the graphics do a great job of conveying a retro feel. I can’t imagine the graphics being anything but 8-bit either; they fit the game perfectly. Plus, the in-game music is a fantastic collection of deep piano scores that play in the background as you sneak around corners and pick locks.
Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine is a fun game that allows the player to control the outcome of the gameplay. And while it’s a blast to play online, you can have just as much fun playing it solo.
James ‘Daripp3r’ Pittaro
Platform: PC (Available on Steam)
OS: Windows XP or later
Processor: 1.2GHz processor
Graphics: Graphics Card that supports Pixel Shader 2.0 and Vertex Shader 2.0(Vertex Shader Support can be supported with software emulation)
Hard Drive: 450 MB HD space
Developer: Pocketwatch Games
Publisher: Pocketwatch Games
Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine Official Website
|Simply beautiful 8-bit-style graphics|
|A classic, retro soundtrack.|
|Incredibly immersive gameplay that contains plenty of challenges.|
|Monaco succeeds at redefining the crime genre.|