For a while now, we’ve been teased with the upcoming release of a location known as Monkey Palace in Treasure Isle. We didn’t know much about the land before now, other than the fact that it was inhabited by monkeys, but now that the land is open, we can share all of the details of this complex new feature with you.
To put it most simply, the Monkey Palace is a lot like Fire God Mountain, in that your treasure digging escapades will be judged according to how many plots of land you dig before you find a piece of treasure. However, instead of being able to jump right into the Palace and start digging (like you could Fire God Mountain), you must first gather Golden Tickets – four, to be exact – in order to gain entry into the Palace.
These tickets can be earned by posting a news item to your wall, asking your friends to give you the tickets (note that the Golden Ticket is not a free gifts page item, so you really do need to ask your friends for help).
Once you’ve gained access to the Palace, you’ll see that there are 7 levels to the palace – the Entrance, five basic floors, and then the Throne. Each level will contain a single treasure piece (from new collections, like coconuts, or tropical bugs), and you’ll need to find it to move onto the next floor. Sure, you can click on each square as you would every other island, square by square, but the point of Monkey Palace is to find the treasure in the least amount of clicks possible.
The “Dig Hints” found elsewhere in the game will allow you to do this – find a tile that says “Treasure is Really Close,” and you know you are within one tile of the square, as one example – the concept is loosely based around the classic game of Minesweeper, for those who are more accustomed to that game.
To give this new feature even more incentive is the potential to win… wait for it… 1 million Island Cash. No, that’s not a typo – it’s not 1 million coins, or 1 million pieces of fruit, it’s 1 million Island Cash, the game’s premium currency. Zynga is giving away that amount to one lucky player, who can finish the entirety of Monkey Island in the least amount of digs. The contest will run until August 13, so you’ll have plenty of time to run through the Palace multiple times (Golden Ticket supply permitting) in order to (hopefully) lower your score and better your chances of winning.
Head over to the game’s page to start your journey into Monkey Palace – good luck to all those that enter Zynga’s contest!
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