Monster Loves You! is a decision based adventure game which is best described if you remember those old Choose Your Own Adventure Books from around the 80's, where you had a story written down in this book and once in a while you have a choice to make that leads you to different pages and different continuation of the storyline. But Back to the Here and Now.
The Gameplay is more like a classic text adventure. Much to read and at the end you get a collection of things your character can do. For better visualisation you have beautiful handdrawn background, depending on your current location. To make every choice in this game more worthwhile (and to compansate the missing feature of running around in the world and exchanging things for something you could actually use on your adventure) there is a little stats-based system build into it. Nothing much, it keeps track of various characteristica that change depending on the decisions you make. And it actually doesn't do anything else in the game, it's only needed at the end to calculate which ending you will receive, which can range from tragic to hilarious, if you play your cards right. But more of that later.
You start your adventure in a giant green pool of goo. Soon you will grow arms, and legs, and wings? Maybe. You can help those little things around you, or just eat them. And when you have grown strong enough you will embark from the slimy goo, seeing the light of the sun for the first time, and begin your new life as a little Monsterling.
The Story follows you through your life from a little monsterling to your adulthood and eventually your death (and even beyond if you meet certain criteria). In every life stage you receive a collection of adventures you can go on, each one takes a day from your clock until it's time to grow up. But careful here. You have more adventures than days, so you can't take on all of them, the adventures are only presented as icons, and many adventures share the same icon. So you can only guess what you will encounter there. This system will go through all 3 life stages. As little monsterling you learn the ropes of being a monster and rarely leave you broodchamber. During your childhood / Teenager times you learn something about the outside world and how dangerous and fascinating humans can be. Those humans should be on a modern day level. Your adulthood begins with an initiation rite to determine what kind of task you will do in the monsterworld. It's calculated from the stats you build up in your life, but doesn't add anything to your further adventure. You just live your life and do tasks inside and outside of the monster settlement. At the End it's time for you to return to the pool of goo you came from and pass on your memories to the monsters of the next generation. Or, if you did something right with your life, you may receive an oppurtunity to become an elder and just maybe doing some great deeds out there.
What you can expect from Monster Loves You! is a fairytale like adventure game which let you see such stories from quite a different perspective. And maybe you encounter characters like Puss in Boots, or Hänsel and Gretel. The Art is exceptionally well made and the fact that each playthrough will have different adventures and outcomes you gain a certain replaybility. So give it a try and choose your own little twisted fairytale.
If you want to get a better look at a playthrough of this game just click the link below:http://youtu.be/pX7Gbe8U7gI?list=UUMxIS2guRxfCuJ1gllMecuA
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