Guide the monster Monsu to jump and punch its way forward in a side-scrolling adventure, unlock diverse cards to recruit side-kicks to facilitate the fight, and help Monsu to retrieve its treasure stolen by villagers.
Cartoony graphics with a playful vibe
Jump, run and push forward in the side-scrolling journey
Collect scattered gold diamonds to activate a Fever flight
Unlock 40 unique cards and use them as companions or items in adventure
Challenge friends for a duel or gift each other lives
June 25, 2014 (NZ)
Monsu is a combination of the platform action and fun of a collectible card game wrapped in a playful, cartoony side-scrolling adventure.
Monsu stars the titular green monster on an endless chase running and fighting to get back his stolen treasures. As in a typical platform side-scroller, players will control Monsu to jump over gaps, spikes or other deadly hazards, stamp upon enemies and run through buildings to advance as far as possible while collecting gold diamonds scattering all the way.
What makes the action platformer different is the addition of a card system. Players in Monsu can purchase and collect a total of 40 unique cards, which can be the green monster’s companions or handy items in the journey.
From a hammer goblin to a pit falcon, from a mighty mammoth to a humming bird, every creature has its own attack ability and a personality that adds extra fun to the frenzied adventure. These quirky beings belong to two types: flying or grounded. Besides, there is a third type of cards, weapons and items such as score boosters, power-up extension and spear attack.
Players can only take one of each type to the adventure. The combination can be free style, though. To let a Dino runs alongside a fat chicken or bring a Frags Bunny together with a Yeti, it is players’ call. Animals vary in abilities, which are unleashed differently. Some must be triggered while others happen automatically. Players need to pick up a magical cherry to hop on the Dino for seconds or double jump to launch spear assault, for instance, but they do not need to do anything to have the bunny throwing carrot bombs or the chicken causing earthquake.
While Monsu offers different levels, each with an objective to complete, every run is an endless challenge. Even when the level goal is completed, players need to continuously run forward, keep safe and gather as many diamonds as they can, for diamonds give score and affect how many coins players can get as reward at game over.
A level objective is not the stop for a run but completion of it rewards players 2 gems (per level), the premium currency of Monsu. Monsu comes as a free-to-play title and unavoidably brings the IAP.
Players need to purchase cards in the shop to make their collection. Coins unlock common cards while gems guarantee rare and epic ones. And coins are also expended on dressing Monsu up with 24 items and upgrading cards to increase their powers. Earning coins by playing is one way but a slow way, because of the lives-based timer. Simply, all narrows down to paying up as always does.
Monsu is in the soft launch period at the time of writing and available for free in the New Zealand App Store. Whether it will be released worldwide is an open question. Based on the current version, Monsu is fun with its quirky creatures and endless running style adventure. It is mainly for casual players and most suitable as a time waster for short bursts of play.