Aug 17, 2012
Monster Life is a city-building game with vibrant, paper-inspired 3D animation. In the village of Numa, all monsters where killed by the evil creature, Chaos. Little did he know that a monster keeper kept his monster hidden and secretly built a safe place for them.
Monsters are born in the village’s barn. To prepare them for battle, a monster has to be fed, played with, and trained to fight. All these actions allow the player to earn gold coins and add XP points. When it’s time to fight, simply tap on the map icon and travel to the fighting grounds. Battles are not that complicated, as all one has to do is wait for the monster’s turn to attack. When battles are won, there is a specific reward, given in gold coins. There are 36 battle grounds in four different islands.
One can generate more money by putting up structures like a shop or a fountain. These structures generate a specific amount of coins in several time intervals. Buildings and structures are accessible from the Shop, along with purchasing more monsters or habitats which become their home. There are over 20 monsters to collect. However, one needs to be at a certain level before one can buy a certain monster from the Shop.
The game also has a function for sharing in social networks, Facebook and Twitter. Although the game itself does not require Internet connectivity, it will require it to connect to social networks.
One can also play the lottery by tapping on the bell by the beach, at which point a boat will prompts to choose which type of lottery one would like to bet on.
Monster Life is obviously more of a casual game than anything else, with its cute and easy game play. Being so, this game appeals more to young children than adults. Although the characters are supposed to be fierce monsters, their appearance is extremely kid-friendly. Because of the need for monsters to be taken care of, this can also help kids foster a sense of “responsibility” that hopefully translates to their real world activities.
The 3D quality of the graphics renders itself well during gameplay, except for occasional lags which was probably caused by too many apps running in the background. Navigating in the virtual world is an otherwise smooth and fascinating experience. Not only are the graphics superb, they transition smoothly as one goes in and out a certain area of the village.
The only issue I have with this game is its slowness in getting anything done without running out one’s resources. Even skipping certain tasks requires gems. For gold coins, one has to wait a specific number of minutes before a structure can produce more. This makes the game something one can’t play for a long period of time, and is best for several, short sessions within the day.
Overall, Monster Life‘s brilliant and endearing graphics make for a fun intermission from a hectic day. It may not be for all adults out there, but kids and kids at heart alike who are drawn to paper-like illustrations will find this game worthy of a download.