Developer: COMPILE HEART, IDEA FACTORY
Publisher: Idea Factory International
Release Date: Mar 14, 2017
Edited by KnightAvenger
Monster Monpiece is, in my opinion, a visual novel (VN) with about equal parts gameplay and mechanics. It is from the wonderful people over at COMPILE HEART and IDEA FACTORY, who have put out some amazing games in the past. While this is definitely not one of their top tier games, the story and the gameplay are mostly solid. Essentially, the story begins with something familiar, a tale of things from the past. Basically, humans got rowdy and one of the gods decided to give them a bitch slap to calm them down in the form of a tower and, from it, the monster girls were created. Eventually, the monster girls did too good of a job and the god delivered a second punishment tower, this time in the form of stripping the monster girls of their powers. Now, they can only use them while working together with a human partner.
We fast forward to the current time where academies are set up to train masters and monster girls in unison. You take on the role of a student at one of these illustrious academies. You are May, a timid girl, one of the types you would love to just tease. She and two of her closest friends get chosen to go to another academy to have a match. Once there, they end up being thrown into a battle that may very well put the world at stake. Honestly, what I have seen of the story is fairly typical for an anime-like setting. The characters and their interactions are what made the story passable for me. Now the gameplay itself was very, very solid. The only problem I had with it was that there was too much VN story mode at times. If I wanted a VN, I would have played one.
The core of the gameplay is the cards you can collect via various means. The booster packs are the main way to get cards, but you can also find cards on the map nodes. Booster packs can be a reward from training missions, be found on map nodes, or be bought in the store with the money you get as rewards from battles, which is the easiest way. The deck building is actually kind of interesting due to the way you level up cards. In most card battle games, you can only have a set number of one card, no matter the level. However, with this system, you can have three of each level of the card. This makes for a much higher number of deck possibilities.
I could have done without the card leveling system, but it’s simple in terms of using it. It is slightly perverted because you are having to rub the monsters’ girl bodies in various ways. The best way to go about this, I think, is to explain the entire system. As you win battles, you earn rub points which can be spent on attempting to level up the cards. Each card has a point cost, based on its rarity. Once you select the card and pay its cost, a larger image of the girl from the card appears with a gauge on the left screen. The object of this mini-game is to touch, rub, poke, or pinch the girls’ weak points which you must find. Doing so will cause the gauge to fill on the left. There are some more in-depth features to this but that is the simplest way I can explain it. When the card successfully levels up, some of its clothes vanish. The PC version has some of the cards stop their unclothing at a certain point compared to the PS Vita version, which has a lot more risque ones.
The artwork for the cards is ok but what is truly amazing is the artwork for the VN story mode sections. It is absolutely gorgeous artwork. What is not amazing is the battle screen graphics. The 3-D models for the girls on the battle grid look like absolute trash. They look like some poorly constructed polygon mess. The music and sound effects were kind of normal and nothing exceptional. The voice work for some of the VN scenes was absolutely amazing, especially May’s. In the beginning, it really gives off that timid girl, unsure of herself, and brims with confidence as she becomes more sure of herself. Now is the game worth playing? Absolutely. Is it worth the $19.99 price tag? I am truly on the fence about that. It has some great, some good, and some bad qualities. Thus, my suggestion is to look at the game on Steam, the game’s website, and some youtube videos and then to make an informed decision for yourself.
- Unique deck building
- Amazing VN story mode events
- Poor battle stage and models
- Can be very pervy with rubbing
- VN parts can be a bit long
BoxCatHero gives Monster Monpiece a Drastik Measure 6.9 out of 10 (69)
The bad is kind of balanced out by the good, but I could have given it, maybe, a 7.5-8 if the battle stage graphics had been better.