Monster Tale

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Monster Tale
Monster Tale Coverart.png
Cover art
Developer(s) DreamRift
Publisher(s) Majesco
Director(s) Peter Ong
Programmer(s) Ryan Pijai
Artist(s) Michael Veroni
Composer(s) Ian Stocker
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Life simulation, Metroidvania[2]
Mode(s) Single-player

Monster Tale is a Nintendo DS platformer and virtual pet game developed by DreamRift and published by Majesco in 2011.[3] 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.

Voice talent[edit]

Controversy[edit]

According to the game developers, there was pressure from the publisher not to feature a young female lead.

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.

— Peter Ong, Nintendo Power issue 263

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 79/100[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com B+[5]
Destructoid 8/10[6]
Edge 6/10[7]
Eurogamer 7/10[8]
GameSpot 8/10[9]
GamesRadar 4.5/5 stars[10]
IGN 8.5/10[11]
NGamer 80%[12]
Nintendo Power 8/10[13]
Nintendo World Report 8/10[14]

Monster Tale received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[4] Critics praised the game for its sprite-based graphics, interesting combat and its action-platforming similar to the Metroid series.[15]

Remake[edit]

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."[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fletcher, JC (January 5, 2011). "Monster Tale brings Chomp home in March". Engadget (Joystiq). Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ Parish, Jeremy (June 12, 2012). "Metroidvania". GameSpite. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ Hatfield, Daemon (May 11, 2010). "Project Monster Evolves". IGN. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Monster Tale for DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ Parish, Jeremy (March 31, 2011). "Monster Tale Review". 1UP.com. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ Bennett, Colette (March 23, 2011). "Review: Monster Tale". Destructoid. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  7. ^ Edge staff (June 2011). "Monster Tale". Edge (228): 101. 
  8. ^ Schilling, Chris (May 30, 2011). "DS Imports: The Last Hurrah (Page 2)". Eurogamer. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  9. ^ Kemps, Heidi (April 4, 2011). "Monster Tale Review". GameSpot. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  10. ^ Miller-Watt, Josh (March 22, 2011). "Monster Tale review". GamesRadar. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  11. ^ Thomas, Lucas M. "Monster Tale Review". IGN. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Monster Tale". Nintendo Gamer: 57. May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Monster Tale". Nintendo Power. 265: 90. March 2011. 
  14. ^ Cole, Michael (February 11, 2011). "Monster Tale". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  15. ^ Luke (July 13, 2011). "Monster Tale (DS) Review – Metroid + Tamigachi [sic] = ?". Fork This Llama. Retrieved April 6, 2015. 
  16. ^ Osborn, Alex (March 29, 2015). "Monster Tale Ultimate Announced for 3DS". IGN. Retrieved April 6, 2015. 

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