Entertainment, Price: $15
Reviewed April 2003
If you are looking for a game with humor
and cute graphics combined with puzzle and action, check
out Monsta. Developed by iNDUSTRY Entertainment, Monsta is
a turn-based puzzle/action game that is set in tile-based
dungeon looking rooms. You, playing as our hero Joe, will
need to either kill all the monsters or escape from the dungeon
without being killed in order to complete the level. There
are 50 levels with well laid out puzzles and plenty of monsters
to be slaughtered.
You control the game using either the hardware
buttons on your PDA, the stylus or combination of buttons
and stylus. As a turn-based game, your hero will take 3 action
steps (later in the game, he may pick up items that allow
more moves/turn), which can include moving or killing. The
monsters’ actions however vary in number of moves and
level of energy they have. You will need your fire power
to kill the monsters, or use your intelligence outwit them.
The AI levels of these monsters also vary, making the fight
both interesting and challenging. Some monsters are outright
dumb; others make you wish you were hiding behind Arnold
Schwarzenegger. Knowing the monsters’ movement patterns
and Joe’s winning strategy is essential in beating
the game. Every time you beat a level, you should make sure
that you save the game in one of the several game save slots.
Modern military hardware is also available
throughout the dungeons. These deadly weapons include flamethrower,
double-barreled gun, grenades and dynamite. I don’t
have to tell you how important it is to not let the monsters
beat you to these nice toys. If they do get there first,
you’ll need to find protection items to minimize the
The humorous part comes in as Joe makes
comments in the beginning of each level. Some of his remarks
sound like Chinese fortune cookies, others I can’t
repeat here. For those of you who will play the game with
young children, find the Censored option in the menu.
The colorful 2D graphics in Monsta are
stylish and sharp. Each room has its unique color theme,
design and layout. Each monster has its own unique appearance.
The interface is intuitive and easy to use. You can click
on any monster to see their stats, which is very important
for Joe to come up with the right strategy.
The sound selection is good and styled
to fit with the cute animated graphics and characters. The
game does not yet support hi-res, but will run on any Palm
OS 3.5 or higher devices, both color and grayscale, including
Palm OS 5.
Beating up monsters guns-ablazing
is fun, beating up monsters with only three moves is challenging.
If you think you are up for the challenge, pick up a weapon
and step in this monster infested Monsta world.
Playing Hint and Tips
First you need to check the stats of each
monster in the dungeon and then plan your moves. You don’t
have to kill everyone in some cases, just locate an exit
and move out.