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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Ellie must take care of Chomp and see to his needs, even while in the midst of a dangerous adventure. Responsibility, loyalty, and friendship are all themes.
Positive Role Models
Ellie is a plucky, intrepid heroine. She's is brave in the face of danger, and loyal to her friends. She's also very caring and responsible when it comes to Chomp, her pet monster.
Ease of Play
The game is very deep and detailed, so there's a lot to keep track of, but the instructions are usually clear and the controls are easy to handle.
Violence & Scariness
Your hero and her monster can defeat enemies by either hitting them physically or zapping them with a magical energy blast that come directly from the hands. Enemy monsters blink when hit, then disappear from the screen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monster Tale is a platforming action adventure in which a young girl and her pet monster will fight off enemy creatures with both melee and physical attacks. The fighting is cartoony and not at all graphic. There's also a significant pet-raising element, as Ellie must feed and care for her pet creature at the same time as she continues venturing through Monster World to find her way home.
Is It Any Good?
Combining a pet sim with an action platformer seems like it would have been a big gamble, but for Monster Tale, it pays off in spades. The adventure aspect is just as clever, imaginative, and exciting as, say, some of the old 2-D Mario games. But the pet aspect takes it to a whole new level. If you want Chomp to become smarter, give him lots of books and scrolls. If you want him to become stronger and gain more physical powers, make sure you let him work out with a bicycle or ball. There are 30 different forms Chomp can end up taking. It's a brilliant way to add customization to the game experience. This is a fantastic adventure that plays well and has a captivating story. It has an old-school aura to it, but feels utterly fresh and original at the same time. Quite a feat.
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