This is a 3DS download game that came highly recommended from a number of different people and sources, so I had high hopes going into this one. It's definitely one of the most unique 3DS eShop games, and it's got a lot of charm in a fun, child-like adventure sort of way. The game is part TCG and part third person adventure. The gameplay consists of controlling a little kid as he goes around his new town meeting people and figuring out what's going on with the monsters that appear in town every Friday. Along the way, you collect cards that you use to play Monster Cards with the other kids in town (it's basically rock-paper-scissors fleshed out into a full game).
Without giving too much of the story away, you play as the son of the town's new dry cleaners in a town whose main draw is the television studio where monster TV shows are filmed, and every Friday afternoon, monsters appear right outside the town. The different quests are called "episodes," and some will be finished almost as soon as they begin while others may last from the very beginning of the game until the very end (which will probably take you roughly 3 hours).
It's a very unusual game, and it really does give you feeling of being 9 years old again with the wacky adventures that kids that age conjure up for themselves. Despite the fact that I have a lot of admiration for the game and think it's an excellent addition to the 3DS digital library, I didn't care much for it. The Monster Card games were entertaining, but the overall game and story left me feeling very "meh." I think the biggest reason for that is that I have a hard time getting into stories that don't have meaningful character development, and while the game is well made, the characters are - with only a couple of exceptions - very flat. That's not necessarily a bad thing. You don't HAVE to have fleshed out character development to have a good game. For me, however, it's a bit of a turn off, and I think that's why I didn't enjoy the game as much as most people do.
If you've got a 3DS, I'd absolutely recommend giving it a download. It's not all that expensive, and it is a very chill, relaxing experience. Just don't go into it expecting a deep story or complex character development.
My Rating - 3 Neps
I'm Mr. Deck
And I like to play video games. I like to collect video games. I like to talk about video games, and I like to write about video games. During the day, I teach history at a high school in central North Carolina; during the night, I spend my spare time gaming. Then I write about it.