- System: PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch
- Publisher: Team 17
- Developer: Moi Rai Games
- Release Date: December 8, 2020
- Pricing: $19.99
- Rating: E
- Genre: Adventure, RPG, Metroidvania, Platformer, Strategy
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://www.team17.com/games/monster-sanctuary/
Monster Sanctuary Launch Trailer
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
This game is a perfect example of the 'less is more' approach, where everything is just right and nothing appears overdone.
In other games, you could just focus on the monsters you like, be it because of how they look or how powerful they are. In this one, you also need to take into account their Explore Abilities, a special skill that you must use outside of combat to solve puzzles and access different areas. Some monsters can activate elemental orbs, some can help you push rocks and heavy objects, some can be used as mounts, etc. That's an interesting mechanic because it forces you to find specific monsters that otherwise you might ignore, but it also makes you investigate about them since not all Explore Abilities are obvious.
Another thing Monster Sanctuary makes different is the turn-based combat, as you can decide the order of your attacks regardless of your monster's speed/initiative. If it's your turn, you can choose the order of your attacks, and that brings us to another interesting mechanic: the combo system. The more hits, the higher damage the next attack will deal! This is not that important at first, but it's crucial in PvP and harder battles against Champion monsters. And what are Champion monsters? Well, these are special creatures that have more HP and strike harder than their normal counterpart. Defeating Champions is one of the goals of the game, and the more you defeat, the higher your Keeper (the equivalent to Trainer or Tamer) rank will be. In fact, you need a specific rank to unlock certain modes like online PvP or the Infinity Arena, as well as other post-game activities.
All in all, Monster Sanctuary is a game that does a lot of things right in terms of monster breeding and combat mechanics. In fact, every monster has a unique skill tree that can be easily reset at any moment with a not-so-expensive item, so you can change their build for better synergy with your newly-found monsters or just start over now you have more experience in battle. In fact, all monsters can be equipped with a weapon and 3 pieces of gear, so that means more end-game options!
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
You can take it as a single-player endeavor and have fun for around 20 hours, or start training and theory-crafting so you're ready when more people start jumping into competitive battles. 101 creatures are waiting for you, and if you like metroidvania games, you definitely want to try this one!
- There's a fair share of challenging puzzles and Champion monsters to keep you busy.
- The battle mechanics are quite interesting, especially thanks to the combo system and the use of monster gear.
- We honestly wish the story was longer... although it isn't actually short.
- If you are into the competitive scene, try the PC (Steam) version instead.
Honey's Final Verdict:
If you too want to become a Keeper, you can find Monster Sanctuary on PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch.