Magnavox Odyssey 2 logo

VoxOdyssey | Retro and Classic Consoles | Magnavox Odyssey 2 | Philips Videopac 37 Monkeyshines

Monkeyshines - Exciting Multiplayer Odyssey2 Game with Multiple Gameplay Modes

Experience the thrill of Monkeyshines on Odyssey2. Play solo or with friends, navigating through monkey bars, tagging monkeys, and avoiding capture.

Discover various game modes like Tailspin, Shuteye, and Monkey Chess for endless fun and challenges.

Philips Videopac 37 Monkeyshines

General Information

Developer - Magnavox / Philips

Publisher - Magnavox / Philips

Release - 1982

Platform - Magnavox Odyssey 2

Genre - Adventure

Number of players - 1P / 2P ( Alternate)

Philips Videopac 37 Monkeyshines

Monkeyshines is a captivating game designed for the Odyssey2 console, offering an exhilarating experience for 1 or 2 players. Dive into a vibrant world where you control agile characters trying to tag mischievous monkeys while avoiding being tagged back. Engage in fast-paced action across multiple game modes, each introducing unique challenges and requiring different strategies.

Basic Gameplay Instructions

Starting the Game: Press '0' on the numeric section of the Odyssey2 keyboard to begin.

Characters and Controls: Two men appear at the lower corners of the screen, controlled by the left and right hand controllers. Move your character left or right using the joystick and make them jump by pushing the joystick forward and pressing the action button.

Objective: Tag as many monkeys as possible by catching them and pressing the action button. Avoid getting tagged by the monkeys that turn red after being tagged.

Scoring and Levels

Points System: Each tagged monkey earns you one point. The score is displayed at the lower left of the screen, with the highest score from a series of games shown above it.

Skill Levels: The game starts at the first skill level, automatically increasing as you score points, adding more challenges. Higher levels feature monkeys that stay red longer, increasing the difficulty.

Special Game Modes


Activate by pressing 'R' for rotation. The monkey bars rotate, altering gameplay dynamics. Use 'S' to stop the rotation.


Activate by pressing 'I' for invisible mode, making the monkey bars disappear. The bars reappear briefly when a man falls or stands on another's head. Use 'V' to make them visible again.

Monkey Chess!

Engage in a strategic chess game against the Great Monkey. Use the keyboard to add or remove monkey bars, creating paths and obstacles. Coordinate with other players to outwit the Great Monkey.

Advanced Mode - Bananas!

Designed for seasoned players, this mode combines elements from Tailspin, Shuteye, and Monkey Chess, creating a highly challenging and chaotic environment. Enter the respective keyboard codes to initiate complex gameplay scenarios that test your skills to the limit.

Quick Reference Keyboard Codes:

Tailspin: R (Rotate), S (Stop)

Shuteye: I (Invisible), V (Visible)

Monkey Chess: Use letters and numbers to manipulate monkey bars (Letter/Number for horizontal, Number/Letter for vertical), ENTER to add, CLEAR to delete.

Embark on a thrilling adventure with Monkeyshines, mastering various modes and strategies to achieve high scores and outsmart the clever monkeys in this classic Odyssey2 game.

If anyone has any more information then let me know and I will add it here, also drop a like or follow on my social networks below. All support helps! also check out the VoxOdyssey feature game Contact VoxOdyssey From the contact page if you want to speak with me.

Support Voxodyssey for free with a like or follow on our social networks below

VoxOdyssey Feature games Search or sort games by their properties