キャプチャcooljapan01.JPGAt the Tokyo Game Show, I got to play the latest build of Monken, a game which will be free to play and distributed under a Creative Commons license. The developers have been hard at work since showing the game off at BitSummit in March. The crane is now easier to control, the graphics have seen some upgrades, and they've implemented a bonus stage, pictured above.

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Most of the graphical changes are minor, but they make the game feel a lot more polished. One of the most obvious changes is to the look of the terrorists. Where previously they looked kinda like construction workers who happened to have guns, the terrorist has been turned into a character with a cloud for a head and a bit of backstory (Japanese), which when translated to English reads:

Cloudman: Originally an advocate of love and piece. While out for a walk he switched out the guitar he was carrying for a gun and became an agitator of hatred and fighting. He takes hostages and occupies buildings. He demands of the government, "Bring back The Beatles!"

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Monken is currently slated for release sometime in December. It will be available on PCs, smartphones, and other touch devices.