Astranon's Rating of Monster Loves You!:
Gameplay (Is it fun?): 1/4
Visuals (Does it look good?): 3/4
Originality (Is it one of a kind?): 2/4
Playability (Is it free of errors and other issues?): 4/4Overall Rating: 63% out of 100%
Astranon's Review of Monster Loves You!:
A game of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" genre, Monster Loves You! allows the player to assume the role of a monster from the time it is born until it returns to the slime from whence it came. The story of a monster's life changes (somewhat) based on the player's decisions. The artwork is very well done, and the soundtrack isn't too bad either. When you're tired of playing games that require you to hack and slash your way to victory, this one can come across as a pleasant departure from the norm...assuming you have never played it before.
Don't get me wrong. There is nothing inherently wrong with playing a "Choose Your Own Adventure" game. The problem, however, is that Monster Loves You! is less of a game than it is a book. And people don't play books. They read them. There is no opening or ending sequence. There are no animations (save for a few static pictures being popped onto the screen or a pair of dice being moved across it). You don't actually get to see the situations you are confronted with as a monster (yes, there is background artwork, but it has little or nothing to do with the events that occur). You don't even know what the monster you are raising looks like. In short, there is nothing to justify why Monster Loves You! should not exist on paper instead of in the Steam Store.
OK, so Monster Loves You! doesn't have much going on visually. But what about the game mechanics? Well, your monster has five different attributes: Bravery, Cleverness, Ferocity, Honesty, and Kindness. Each decision the player makes can either increase or decrease them. At times, there is no effect at all on attributes. Some decisions require a high amount of a certain attribute to be successful. The problem here is that there is no variation whatsoever in how the game adds to or takes from a monster's attributes. In other words, it doesn't matter whether you are trying to play the game as a "good" monster or a "bad" monster. The same choice that resulted in +5 Kindness for your first monster (who may have eaten humans) will have the same result as for your second monster (who only ever ran from humans). Does the way in which you play the game with one monster influence the next time you play? The answer is no. The exact same choices that were presented to you the first time you played will be presented the next time you play. The lack of change due to past choices is odd, considering the game tells you that "You are born from the slime that holds the memory of monsters."
Monster Loves You! does well as a story but not so much as a game. I do not recommend this game.
[Note: This review was written to help other gamers make an informed decision before purchasing. It is in no way intended as an attack on opposing viewpoints. You are welcome to agree or disagree with what I have written here. Either way, I hope you have enjoyed reading it. Thank you.]