Monster Strike Review – 148Apps

Developer: Mixi
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 2.7.3
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
Playtime Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

Monster Strike is an online, monster collecting, cooperative multiplayer, pool-like strategy combat game from Yoshiki Okamoto, a developer perhaps best known as the producer of Street Fighter II. To be frank, the description is about as crazy as playing it. Monster Strike is a bizarrely compelling game, even though the core gameplay isn’t always firing on all cylinders.

If the bouncy battling stood on its own, Monster Strike would be woefully mediocre. Battles usually aren’t terribly challenging unless taken on by underpowered monsters, but – luckily – making sure one’s monsters are powerful enough is probably the strongest component of the game. Monster Strike really shines in its monster collecting/upgrading mechanics. As players complete levels they are constantly rewarded with currency, orbs, materials, and monsters that can be used to fuse, sell, evolve, and hatch newer and more powerful monsters. As a free-to-play game, it’s remarkably generous in the rewards and abilities it gives to free players.

While these drawbacks don’t categorically make Monster Strike less fun, I can see how the game would seem significantly lacking to those not drawn into its collectible nature. If fusing and upgrading monsters doesn’t sound fun, then Monster Strike is likely just not for you. But, for players with some kind of loot lust, it might just be the next big thing for them to sink some serious time into.

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