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Monster Tale by Majesco




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  • Mild Cartoon Violence
Monster Tale is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.
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  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Publisher: Majesco
  • Developer: Majesco
  • Category: Action , Platform

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The Up video game will take players on an exotic adventure with Carl Fredricksen and his young sidekick, Wilderness Explorer Russell, as they set off on a wild journey through the undiscovered jungles of South America. Players will be able to experience all four main characters from the movie -- Carl, Russell, Dug the lovable dog or Kevin the prehistoric bird -- while playing as a single-player or with a friend cooperatively throughout the entire game. Players will encounter exciting, new environments as they navigate through treacherous jungle terrains, battle dangerous creatures and trek the slippery slopes of the Amazonian Tepuis. In addition, the game also features multi-player game modes, including an epic level that will allow up to four players to compete in aerial combat.

  • Developer Pedigree: From the key leads of the critically acclaimed DS game Henry Hatsworth and the Puzzling Adventure (IGN's Platform Game of the Year).
  • Genre Mash-Up: Platform adventure on the top screen mixed with a deep pet raising game on the Touch Screen.
  • Raise & Evolve Chomp: Train your monster companion in the Touch Screen Pet Sanctuary. Give Chomp food, equipment and toys so that it grows, evolves and gains new abilities to assist Ellie's adventure. Chomp has approximately 30 unique forms with different attributes and abilities including attacks, shields, bombs, and bounces, among others. Chomp's abilities are directly related to how you raise him so nurture him with the utmost care.
  • Chomp Will Do Your Bidding: Ellie can summon Chomp from the bottom screen to the top screen at any time. Use Chomp to help fight enemies and leverage his abilities to access new areas.
  • Explore Monstrous Worlds: Battle through 5 non-linear worlds and face off against a menacing kid-monster duo at the end of each. A Wicked Treehouse, Monster Nightclub, Ancient Ruins and even a Monster Express Train await you and your monster friend.
  • Pamper Your Pet: Collect money throughout the game then use those earnings to shop for food, toys or equipment for your monster pet. How you use Chomp in battle and what items you give it--including weapons, pick-ups and power-ups--affect how it evolves. Defeated enemies may even drop items that Ellie can pick up to use for Chomp later on.
  • Pump Ellie Up: Apply earnings toward new abilities or stat enhancements for Ellie to make her a more formidable fighter.
  • Epic Battles: Go head to head with giant boss monsters and their kid-king masters! String together devastating combos and throw down some super attacks to get the upper hand.
  • Conquer Thy Enemy: A myriad of inspired enemies await defeat. They fly, burrow, rocket, jump, teleport, crush and much more in lots of devious and challenging ways.
  • Acquire Runes: Defeat certain boss characters or discover hidden areas to earn runes as you play. Gain permanent upgrades to give Ellie additional abilities like dash, roll and wall jump to aid her on the adventure.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is what the DS was made for This game is just about the pinnacle of DS gaming. The majority of Nintendo DS games are all shovelware or lame gimmicks (there's plenty of overlap). The worst offenders are the first-party games, which make claims of a new, innovative way to interact with gaming. Once you actually play it, you get some worthless, flawed, touch screen mechanic. Heaven help me if I ever buy another game with touch-based movement. That's what makes this game special. It seems that Majesco Entertainment is the only company that remembers that DS stands for Dual Screen. If the entire game is just a dream, I'd never want to wake up. Running around stages with all of the powers is nothing short of elegant Parkour bliss. Enemies do grow along with you. Of course you will come across beginner enemies when backtracking, but they will have stronger enemies with them. Even if something is a one hit KO, a good combo will hold it for a while. The latest powers are especially impressive. Super charged shots are a piece of cake for Ellie. The only way to make combat more exciting would be to add a rambunctious monster teammate that fights with its own unique powers. And the creators did exactly that. The lower screen doesn't demand too much attention, but it's just as interesting. Early on there are not many item drops, but after the first boss or so it accelerates. Sometimes there's an excessive amount of items for Chomp to use, and its fun to let him activate them all. Moments like that best demonstrate the fluid duality of the protagonists: Ellie can thrash enemies with her fighting skills, Chomp can barrage foes with toys, but the best strategy is for the duo to fight in tandem. Naturally, this takes the most skill. The advantage is that boss battles become even more exciting. The characters in this game are unique and intriguing. One of the few drawbacks of this game is that the bosses aren't playable (there's an idea for the sequel). They have drastically different fighting styles and presentation. Don't be alarmed; "hit it til it stops hitting back" is a viable plan. Each character has an independent and moving backstory, although some may resonate better than others. Learning about the individuals that drive the plot is a rewarding experience. The entire game is beautiful. There really isn't much to say beyond that. Separate worlds are appropriately designed; lush meadows are pretty, and gloomy cliffs are daunting. Character design is also brilliant. It is beneficial to remember not to judge the boys by their initial appearance. The music at the title screen is probably enough to hook most people. If that's not enough, then the stages will certainly do so with their wide range of themes. The music grow in intensity further into a stage. Ellie's attacks sound as explosive as they look. Chomp is delightfully vocal. The few voice clips that exist are absolutely terrific. Replay value is mildly low. Starting from scratch can be fun, though. Knowledge of Chomp's growth trees helps to hone in preferred skills or experiment with new ones. What really would have convinced me to give this game a perfect score would be the ability to fight bosses again. Another fun idea would be the customization of Chomp. Once a physical feature is unlocked, Chomp can be modified anyway desired. These are just a few concepts that would be incredible in a sequel. This game really made my DS library feel complete. I hope to see more games like it. I don't care about poking objects, taking pictures of garbage, or glasses-free 3D when it comes to my DS. Games need to satisfy the namesake of the system they're on.
    Date published: 2011-10-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay It's addicting, but a ton of "backtracking" and there's nothing to do after you beat it
    Date published: 2011-06-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Game is great. Top five is what I think about when I look back at games I played. Great action, story, creativity. You just can't put it down. I played it twice because there was not enough game to try out all the monsters and their ability. Maybe Monster tale 2 would allow to use every monster you unlock. But this still is top 5 game. Get it, play it!
    Date published: 2011-05-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOW WOW WOW The best part of this game is raising chomp, many evolves!(PS I found the wall climbing glitch near the end!)
    Date published: 2011-04-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding This game is extremely polished. The graphics are great, the art style fits very well for the type of game. After about 30 seconds of turning the game on you're already in the action. The pet system is very well done and easy to control. Pros: Easy to play, Pet system very simple, Chomp is very customizable (L and R buttons are used to hotkey his abilities), Many different evolution paths for chomp allowing for many play throughs, Balanced combat system with both melee and ranged (both benefit eachother), music is fitting, and a shop used to buy gear/abilities Cons: none so far Overall the game is great for all types of gamers casual and hardcore alike.
    Date published: 2011-03-18
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