Monkey Magic is a platform game based upon a cartoon of the same name. The cartoon (and thus, the game) is based upon Journey to the West - a 16th century Chinese novel in which Monkey (renamed Kongo for Monkey Magic) defends his fellow simians, engages in adventures, and challenges the gods in heaven.
Kongo begins his journey with only his martial arts to defend himself, but soon he meets Master Subodeye, who teaches him the four elemental powers: Shrink, Grow, Fire, and Ice. Kongo learns to cast these spells on himself and on others for various effects. These magical powers form the basis for Monkey Magic's many puzzles.
At the outset, Kongo is assisted by Batty. Batty explains the mechanics of the game should the player get stuck. After the first half of the game, Batty is revealed to be working for the evil Derth Voyd. But Kongo will put an end to his evil plans!