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Review of Monster Loves You

3/10/2014 05:00PM

 

This is a paid app I got in the Google Play Store. It's about $2, and it has an interesting premise; a story based on your decisions as a monster, and how the world around you changes to it. I thought it seemed a little grandiose for a phone app, but I decided to try it anyways.

 

One thing is for certain, there's not as many choices as it would seem to have. This game basically boils down to a 'choose your own adventure' type game with a couple added features.

 

You have different characteristics, which you can gain and lose by the choices of options generated for you. Don't be fooled by the icons though, they often have nothing to do with the choice presented I was trying to go for a 'nice' monster, and although I avoided all the angry, scowly faced icons, and the ones with a slashing hand or whatnot, I still got into a lot of fights. Later on, you get reputation, and after that, if you get to the Elder stage, you can be diplomatic and help monster/human relations. Or make them go to war, whatever is your preference.

 

There are four to five stages of the game, depending on how you play. There is infant, which is very short. Child, Teenager, Adult, and Elder. You can only get to Elder if you make the right choices as an Adult and earn enough respect, or get all of your status that high. Once you've played the game a few times, you know how to, so it's not that difficult.

 

And that's my major problem with the game: not enough options. Yes, you can't choose them all for each stage, so you have to play again to see them all, but honestly, you really only have to play again ONCE to see them all. It seemed to me there was enough choices for one runthrough, and enough for a third of another, and then you already started repeating. Added content to this game to give more choices later would be a HUGE improvement on this, and worth possibly even a minor payment for upgrade.

 

I also don't care for the fact you can't choose the way your monster looks when you turn into a teen, and as far as I can tell, it's random there.

 

I do like the writing, however, and some of the scenes are very cute, and even a little endearing. The monsters do seem to have a bit of world-building behind them, and I would like to see more options just to see more writing as well. I would have liked some options leading into others. One where you managed to heal a sick spider, for example, as a child, could have led to another choice encounter as a teen or adult. As far as I can tell, it didn't do this.

 

Would I recommend the game? It depends on if you like the 'choose your own adventure' style of writing. If you do, I would say this game has a bit of replay value, and the writing is nice enough that it's worth the minor cost. It's something I would say to play a couple times, and then leave for a month or two, so you don't have all the options memorized, and then play again. If you play it a lot, you're probably going to get tired of it fast. I'd also say this game might be good for younger children who are learning to read. There are some big words, but I could see it being entertaining for them.

 

All in all, I'd give this game a 7 out of 10.