Hey kids, do you like JRPGs? You’re gonna love Monster Viator! Ok, I can’t keep going on like this. Out now on the Nintendo eShop, Monster Viator, from Kemco Games, is a dungeon crawler in the mould of the 16-bit classics.
Those 16-bit classics are the likes of Secret of Mana, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and other such titles. Least, that’s what the gameplay appears to be – and that’s a good thing.
You play Culter, a Dr Doolittle-type hero, only he can talk with monsters rather than animals and is like the Pied Piper of beasties; building an entourage of over 20 of them to accompany you on your quest to uncover your identity.
A straightforward trajectory for our hero in Monster Viator, but the Deslle Empire has a prince named
Biscuit Biscute, who is determined to throw a spanner in the works and stop Culter from getting anywhere. Who is this chump, and can Culter overcome these obstacles?
Monster Viator adds a bit of a twist to the older titles that influences it. First of all, there’s the ability to ride a dragon, soaring through the skies. And, not as cool as a dragon but impressive nonetheless, Cutler can ride a raft down the river. Sure beats walking everywhere.
There are all the usual RPG elements thrown in; equip armour, weapons and accessories for each member of your party, explore top-down maps and dungeons to crawl, switching to a turn-based combat system not too distant to the Final Fantasy style of play. The originals, not the remake.
Shame on all you who are currently playing it (I’m jealous).
It already went onto my wishlist this weekend, so when there’s a bit of time available, I’ll download and give it a go. Yeah, like there’s any time to play – the backlog is still building, but it might be worth skipping it and playing Monster Viator.
Monster Viator is out now on the Nintendo Switch.