Monster Crown is officially out now on PS4 and Xbox One after making its debut on PC and Nintendo Switch late last year.
If it wasn’t apparent enough from the key art and monster designs, this game is heavily inspired by the Pokémon series. However, this isn’t a copy-and-paste clone despite its obviously similar premise and visual design.
Successfully funded via Kickstarter, Monster Crown styles itself as a “dark monster taming RPG”. Its creators wanted to explore an aspect of the genre they believe Pokémon didn’t fully dive into – monster breeding. There’s a big emphasis here on splicing creatures together in an almost Frankenstein manner, building a roster of exotic hybrid species.
Since launch, Studio Aurum has been busy rolling out regular content updates, tweaking gameplay elements while also improving performance.
About Monster Crown
Unravel Crown Island’s dark story as you create your own monster legacy. With a history of sadistic rulers and heroic saviors, the island faces another threat in the form of a malicious young woman seeking power. It’s up to you and the monsters you make pacts with to prevent the return of tyranny. Will your decisions make you a savior or a dark messiah?
- Make pacts with monsters to receive their protection in return for shelter
- Breed and fuse over 200 base monsters to create your own new species
- Travel across Crown Island with your monster allies to uncover a dark world
- Choose a pivotal decision that will drastically change the ending and post-game
- Play online to battle and trade, and have your new species reach across the globe
We went hands-on with Monster Crown during its days in early access. Here’s what Thomas had to say about the Pokémon-like RPG:
Monster Crown seems pretty similar to Pokémon on the surface, putting players in the shoes of an adolescent who gains the first monster before being sent off on a journey by their parents. Reckless parenting aside, the game takes this premise and runs with it adding adult themes and an uneasiness to the general vibe.
Source: Press Release