We can laud the power of text-based adventures to inspire imagination all we want, but their chief problem remains: on the whole, they are not fun to look at. The tangible effect of paper in Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books seems to allow them to fall in a different category; interacting with digital text remained steadfastly in the realm of the Übernerd for ages. Radial Games Corp.'s Monster Loves You! solves this sticking point, cleverly, ferociously, and kindly.
What am I on about? Simple: Monster Loves You! is little more than a (very well-made) text-based adventure dressed up to head out on the town. But my god, what a sense of style! The bubbly-cute backdrops and animations are unflinchingly professional, matching the gleeful, bouncing storyline tit-for-tat. Raise a monster all the way from ooze to Elder, cultivating personality for it by racking up points in each of five characteristics (Bravery, Cleverness, Ferocity, Honesty, Kindness). Earn coveted Respect points by impressing your fellow beasties with your decisions.
It's all up to you - will you attempt to be a well-rounded creature, or would you rather max out your Ferocity by devouring everything in sight? Every decision has its consequences, and only the Elders can rain down judgement as to whether or not you've made something of your life worth Ascension.
The copy is whip-smart, appropriate for all ages yet engaging enough for, ahem, discerning adults.
Small complaint: the formatting is off with the text on occasion, and the code leaks through into the display. It doesn't impede gameplay, but should be tidied up.
If you're intrigued by the burgeoning possibilities of gamebooks, or you just love goofball stories, definitely try Radial Games Corp.'s Monster Loves You! You're going to love it right back.
by Janel , Appszoom
Mar 12, 2014