Yahoo Games writes:
"The Monkey King isn't a terrible game, and at its budget price (it's going for 15 bucks most places now) it might still make a worthwhile stocking stuffer this season for shooter fans, who probably own lots of classics from the genre in downloaded Virtual Console form but have few, if any, physical disc games rounding out that library. And it also boasts a simultaneous two-player co-op mode, which certain tag-teams of shooter players are always on the lookout for. But overall, it's a poor effort that needed a lot more polish, and less last-minute presentation changes. I really wish they'd stuck with that original art."