VERY shortened review. To see my full review, please click HERE.
We have full 360-degree control of both our character and the camera... most of the time. Sometimes we have only limited control of the camera, which I believe the devs did to help us know which direction we're supposed to go. There were a few moments when I simply could not figure out what I was supposed to be doing, but by taking my time to look around, I'd eventually spot something flashing. These flashing objects are items that you can climb, jump on/to, clamber on, etc. Our character is quite acrobatic, but you don't have to stop and watch him twirl around to finish his maneuver before jumping to the next location; that can be fun, but when you're being attacked, I really don't recommend it. ;p
We have a companion on our journey, which already know if you've looked at any of the game screens. Trip has many abilities of her own, and she is also the reason we've been collecting those tech orbs. First off, though, let me explain a little bit about the dynamics.
We have a screen we can bring up to interact with Trip, and there we have some options. We can tell her to create a distraction, run or do some kind of action (like flipping a switch for us), apply a health serum (provided that we have some), and the upgrade function, which is where the tech orbs come in. There are four sub-options for upgrades: Staff, Combat, Shield, and Health.
There is a well-known GLITCH during one scene in the game, and I'm putting this in spoilers in case you don't want to see the solution:The second time we run into one of the mechs with wrecking balls for "hands" is where the glitch shows up. You hear something, but see nothing unusual. There's a brick wall there that's supposed to have broken, but all you see is a solid wall. Eventually one of these mechs will appear, but there doesn't seem to be a way to defeat it, no matter how many times you hit the damned thing! Meh The game is telling you to taunt it, but it just runs into one of those low walls and gets stuck there. *sigh*
What you need to do is taunt it until it runs into one of the large, solid walls -- the one right below Trip is the one I used (and maybe it's the only one that works, I don't know!) Once it hits the wall, you need to do a takedown in order to defeat it, so be sure you're close enough that you don't run out of time!
EXTRAS (unlocked upon completion of the game):
Pigsy's Perfect 10 - Play as a lonely Pigsy just looking a bit of company*
Classic Monkey - Changes Monkey's outfit to red & gold and doubles his striking power
Ninja Monkey - Monkey becomes outfitted in black, and he has unlimited stunning and plasma ammo
Sexy Robot Trip - Changes Trip's outfit and doubles the length of all stunning attacks
I really enjoyed everything about this game -- from the sights and sounds to the story to the gameplay, I just enjoyed the hell out of it. I have to agree with those who have mentioned that this is a hidden gem. I really do think that the game deserved a lot more attention than it got, and I highly recommend it to any action-adventure fan.