My Little Monster

My Little Monster

or, how to train your dragon to fight pandas

In a similar vein to the Pokémon series, My Little Monster sees you training up a cute dragon and entering him into fights with a host of bizarre enemies, from demonic pandas to sentient cowboy hats. It’s a little bizarre, but frequently hilarious, and fans of old school RPGs will love the in-jokes, stylised pixel art visuals and chiptune music. Each day, you have the option to spend Yen on unlocking new skills for your monster – such as healing or fire spells – working out at the gym to raise your monster’s stats, or heading to the shop to buy hats for your monster. Hats have different properties, such as raising your monster’s overall HP or attacking power – even if most of them make him look a little daft. Battles are turn based, but with no waiting around, similar to the superb Mario RPG series on Game Boy and Nintendo DS. As your monster battles, Yen and power bonuses flash up on screen, and are collected by tapping them. This keeps you invested in battles at all times. My Little Monster is a fun RPG that’s as bizarre as it is charming, and if you fancy a tactical RPG with plenty of laughs and a retro vibe, you should check it out, even if said tactics are threadbare when compared to the genre heavyweights.

Rated  out of 5

Far from a hardcore RPG, yet full of great gameplay and hilarious in jokes that make it well worth your attention.

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