Monster Tale

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Monster Tale
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Cover art
Publisher(s)Majesco Entertainment
Director(s)Peter Ong
Programmer(s)Ryan Pijai
Artist(s)Michael Veroni
Composer(s)Ian Stocker
Platform(s)Nintendo DS
Life simulation, Metroidvania[2]

Monster Tale is a Nintendo DS platformer and virtual pet game developed by DreamRift and published by Majesco Entertainment 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]


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."[5]


Monster Tale received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[6] Critics praised the game for its sprite-based graphics, interesting combat and its action-platforming similar to the Metroid series.[17]


On March 29, 2015, DreamRift announced a remake of the game, titled Monster Tale Ultimate, to be released via the Nintendo 3DS eShop.[18] Announced changes to Ultimate included reduced backtracking, visual improvements, and the ability to toggle between the original soundtrack and a new orchestral soundtrack.[19] However the 3DS version failed to ever release. On January 11, 2021, Majesco announced that Monster Tale would soon be coming to modern platforms.[20]


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  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 c d e f "Monster Tale (2001 Video Game)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 19 March 2021. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  5. ^ "Monster Tale". Nintendo Power. Vol. 263. March 2011. p. 90.
  6. ^ a b "Monster Tale for DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  7. ^ Parish, Jeremy (March 31, 2011). "Monster Tale Review". Archived from the original on August 12, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  8. ^ Bennett, Colette (March 23, 2011). "Review: Monster Tale". Destructoid. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  9. ^ Edge staff (June 2011). "Monster Tale". Edge. No. 228. p. 101.
  10. ^ Schilling, Chris (May 30, 2011). "DS Imports: The Last Hurrah (Page 2)". Eurogamer. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  11. ^ Kemps, Heidi (April 4, 2011). "Monster Tale Review". GameSpot. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  12. ^ Miller-Watt, Josh (March 22, 2011). "Monster Tale review". GamesRadar. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  13. ^ Thomas, Lucas M. "Monster Tale Review". IGN. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  14. ^ "Monster Tale". Nintendo Gamer. May 2011. p. 57.
  15. ^ "Monster Tale". Nintendo Power. Vol. 265. March 2011. p. 90.
  16. ^ Cole, Michael (February 11, 2011). "Monster Tale". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  17. ^ Luke (July 13, 2011). "Monster Tale (DS) Review – Metroid + Tamigachi [sic] = ?". Fork This Llama. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  18. ^ Osborn, Alex (March 29, 2015). "Monster Tale Ultimate Announced for 3DS". IGN. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  19. ^ "Monster Tale on Its Way to the 3DS eShop in a New 'Ultimate' Version". 28 March 2015.
  20. ^ "Nintendo DS Platformer Monster Tale Is Making A Comeback On Modern Consoles". Nintendo Life. 2021-01-11. Retrieved 2021-01-11.

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