Monster Sanctuary Review

Monster Sanctuary is an indie game which is available in early access on Steam now. It is developed by Moi Rai Games a newly created team that works on this very project. As for the publisher it is a well known Team17 Digital Ltd, which also published My time at Portia, which we often write about on our blog.

So Monster Sanctuary is an adventure role play game with 2D pixel graphics, which we score around 7/10 points. We valuate games by five parameters such as gameplay, graphics, controls, sound and narrative. Further we explain each score for Monster Sanctuary.

Monster Sanctuary Gameplay

This turn-based rpg with an open world turned out to be very interesting and with a new approach. Here you’ll collect monsters as loot from mobs. After you kill a monster there is a chance to get an egg of this specific monster. After that you can activate the egg and use a newly come monster as your familiar. It will fight for you and even perform some special actions to get you through the world. Such as lightning dark rooms or breaking secret doors.

Monster Sanctuary fight

Moreover, you can create a party of monsters. Three can be active during the fight other three are in a backup. You can swap between your monsters to adjust the team to the fight conditions.

Monster equipment

Also, you can equip you monsters with weapon and 3-4 accessories to rise their characteristics. Besides, you can feed them to permanently increase their characteristics.

Moreover, in advantage to all of that monsters can level up and get talent points with every new level. Each monster has its own talent tree. There you choose abilities for the monster from 4 categories. Because of such variety you can create unique monsters even withing one type. For example, put points only in support spells or vice verse in damage spells.

Monster Sanctuary skill tree

Ans the most fascinating thing is that further in game you can transform your monsters by making them light-shift, dark-shift or even evolution them to higher types.

Monster Sanctuary Graphics

The game has very decent detailed 2D graphics. Even though the game has pixel graphics. Monsters and other actions made with a great animation.

Monster Sanctuary graphics

Monster Sanctuary Controls

Controls are rather comfortable. Though you may face some difficulties with scrolling items during craft.

Sound and Narrative

While playing you will hear pleasant and relaxing music and in-game sounds. As for the narrative. The game has simple and linear story-line. Still Monster Sanctuary is not complete yet and some story-line parts or areas are still blocked.

To sum up, we can say that the game is very decent and we would like to see it complete and play with pleasure.

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Review
  • Summary
    70Total Score

    Our reviews are based on five criteria that allow us to give the most accurate assessment of the game. Gameplay displays the main features of the game, mechanics and overall player's game interaction. Narrative reveals the main storyline, well-written dialogue and the impact of the player's actions on the world around them, as well as the atmosphere. Graphics shows how well a game looks visually, regardless of type and perspectives. Sound is how well the dialogue and sounds of the game are sounded, as well as how the music and soundtracks accompany the game. Last but not least, Controls are how comfortable they are and allow the player to expect full control over their character.

    • Gameplay
      80
    • Narrative
      60
    • Graphics
      80
    • Sound
      60
    • Controls
      70
Pros&Cons
      • Simple and fun turn-based game
      • Lots of monsters/pets
      • Interesting monster talent system
      • Too short (not a full game yet)
      • Some in-game features are not complete
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