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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 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.
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."
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