A developer has to ensure that their game is based on a pretty distinctive and original idea if they are to try and come up with something that fits into the point-and-click genre. There are many games of this kind in existence but only a few that are truly memorable, mainly because of the simple nature of the format and because not many developers have the talent to actually make it interesting.
Monkey Go Happy is a sizeable series of games from Pencil Kids that just so happen to be memorable and original enough to stand out in an otherwise overpopulated genre. There aren't just a few Monkey Go Happy games however: there are six just in the regular series alone but many more including the Monkey Go Happy Elevators Spinoff, the Monkey Go Happy Marathon series, Mini Monkeys, and a few special editions to boot. With so many to choose from, keeping track is a little difficult but this short article hopes to allow you to distinguish between the piles and piles of monkeys you will encounter in these games.
It all started with the standard Monkey Go Happy series of games, a series of what now stands as 6 point-and-click games, all with the same theme: monkeys of all kinds. Specifically, the challenge is to solve the different point-and-click puzzles to stop the extremely sad monkeys from crying. It isn't just a few tears either: each monkey has a heartbreaking face, quivering lips, and glassy eyes to make you extra motivated in finding the solutions. The very first Monkey Go Happy has just a single monkey which must be taken care of in various ways, though all entailing the solving of problems by clicking items in a particular order on screen. You simply have to locate each item by hovering your mouse over things until the cursor changes. Problems start simple like shaking a coconut down from a tree and opening it with a knife, but the problems do become more complex as you go along.
Each successor of Monkey Go Happy, from Monkey Go Happy 2 through to Monkey Go Happy 6 includes more and more monkeys to choose from in your journeys (all of different ages - baby to elderly monkeys - and all equally as upset as each other). Later games in the series also allow you to choose accessories for your monkey such as different hats.
Monkey Go Happy Elevators is an off-shoot of the original series, and to the untrained eye is almost exactly the same as the series which it shot off from. There is a slight change in format however, as instead of multiple puzzles chosen from a main menu, the problems this time come in the form of different elevators, each one containing a problem that must be solved in order to find the toys hidden behind the puzzles. There are still sorrowful monkeys around, and also different quirky hats to make your monkey wear, particularly in Monkey Go Happy Elevators 2.
There are several editions of the Monkey Go Happy games that come in the form of the Monkey Go Happy Marathon series. Again, they look almost identical in appearance and share the same characteristics such as the point-and-click genre, quirkiness, and inclusion of sad monkeys. The only difference in these games is that you must solve the puzzles in immediate succession, one after the other, scoring points as you go. No need to collect any toys this time, just solve and move on to the next one. There are many, many puzzles to solve between the original Monkey Go Happy One and the second, third, and fourth games, all of which being more difficult as you go along.
Monkey Go Happy Mini Monkeys is another spin-off, this time involving the same point-and-click action but with a slightly different twist: collecting miniature monkeys and putting them into baskets. That's right, this one is more of "find the monkeys" affair than the original series, but it is equally as entertaining since you have to scroll through a variety of different scenes with the left/right on-screen arrows in order to fill the basket with the maximum number of monkeys.
As if there weren't enough monkeys going about in the other editions of the series, there are some Monkey Go Happy Special Editions as well. Again, each of these aren't much of a departure from the main concept, but there's a Monkey Go Happy Christmas Edition with all of the festive bells and whistles added, as well as Monkey Go Happy: The Castle, which plays out as a sort of adventure where you must navigate through castle grounds, solving puzzles along the way.
Even though those these monkey games don't have quite the polish of other point-and-click titles of the stature of Morningstar, the games rustic designs and heartbreakingly adorable monkeys make the series extremely popular among fans of the genre.