Review: Monster Slayers (PlayStation 4)

Monster Slayers is a rogue-like deck-building RPG adventure. Create a hero and choose your path through the perilous Northern Valley as you battle to become a true Monster Slayer.

Pros:

  • Cutesy cartoon graphics.
  • 1.33GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Roguelike card battler gameplay.
  • Eight classes- Rogue, Ranger, Knight, Barbarian, Cleric, Wizard, Merchant and a Dragon. Each class has unique cards/decks and weapons.
  • World map level select.
  • Fast mode on/off this increases animations.
  • Earn EXP and level up to increase your stats and unlock loot.
  • Companions- You get one at the beginning then one after every boss fight. These guys provide an extra ability and vary from healing to more gold to stun or doing high damage attacks. You always get a choice of two.
  • Fame- Earned by playing this is like your permanent EXP. You use this to unlock new cards, abilities or buffs that come into effect after buying.
  • A lot of fun to play.
  • An area consists of a grid system that will randomly spawn locations that could be enemies, merchants, treasure or a captain or something. Upon clearing the section you open up a few more and continue this until you uncover the boss.
  • Enemy levels are shown on the map.
  • So much replayability.
  • Big boss fights and finishing it will allow you to close the current area and carry on.
  • Loot- Find/buy/earn new items like gear for your character with stat buffs, new cards all handled by a rarity system.
  • Coins- Used as currency and you buy from the merchant with these.
  • Earn/find/upgrade cards as you play.
  • You get at least one mulligan. (reshuffle)
  • Clear UI showing Mana, Health, AP, MP, Cards in burn pile etc.
  • Opening tutorial.
  • Decent voice over guy.
  • A lot of player choice with loot usually having multiple choices, companions and general dungeon crawling.
  • Quick to pick up, Learn and enjoy.
  • AP and MP- Action and mana points and dictates what cards you can play.
  • Items/Loot found in a game is always saved regardless of a game over.
  • Near instant loading times.
  • Campsites- Heal you but you get a reward card and you can if you like, Gamble and try and take more cards one at a time but a bad card will end it.

Cons:

  • Annoying pause between attacks when the enemy is having its turn.
  • So RNG dependant.
  • Awkward to use the menu.
  • After playing cards it auto selects your companion power meaning its always possible to accidentally fire it off and waste it.
  • Not always clear where you are on the map as its just a slight white outline.
  • Cannot compare items with what you have.
  • Cant see stats when putting on gear.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

Monster Slayers is a fine example of a roguelike card battler. Easy to pick up and learn, The game runs so well and flows to the point where it almost becomes hypnotic. I have many many hours on this on both PC and now PlayStation 4. It includes all previous DLC and is a faithful port of the Steam version. Yes, I have a few personal bugbears but to be honest it all plays so well and is so much fun that you soon forget everything around you. Its a game that you play if you like card games, Card battlers or even roguelikes as its so well crafted. In short, Worth your time.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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