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Life simulation, Metroidvania
Monster Tale is a Nintendo DS platformer and virtual pet game developed by DreamRift and published by Majesco Entertainment in 2011. It was only released in North America. It follows the story of a young girl, named Ellie, and her adventures in Monster World with her monster companion, Chomp. Together they must stop the evil Kid-Kings and return Monster World to its rightful inhabitants, the monsters, and also find a way for Ellie to return home.
- Ellie - Brina Palencia
- Meade - Todd Haberkorn
- Deanu - Leah Clark
- Zoe - Monica Rial
- Ethan - Cynthia Cranz
- Priscilla - Tia Ballard
According to the game developers, there was pressure from publishers not to feature a young female lead. Peter Ong, the co-founder of DreamRift and director of Monster Tale, told Nintendo Power that "this choice was actually somewhat controversial with some publishers. Our experience was that many publishers are looking to avert the risk of a main character that hasn't been proven to capture large audiences. As a result, there was some concern from publishers that Ellie should change to a male or a more mature/sexy female."
Monster Tale received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. Critics praised the game for its sprite-based graphics, interesting combat and its action-platforming similar to the Metroid series.
On March 29, 2015, DreamRift announced that a 3DS remake for Monster Tale is in the works, and promised that it will improve "every single aspect of the adventure." As of 2020, the game still has not been released yet, so it is presumed to be cancelled. The 3DS remake was going to be called Monster Tale Ultimate.
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