Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale Review

MonstersAttack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale (Available exclusively on 3DS eShop)
ESRB Rating: E
Number of Players: 1
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Level-5
Developer: Millennium Kitchen
Release Date: July 18th, 2013

A Tokyo Tale piqued up my interest when it was announced in a Nintendo Direct earlier this year. It’s from Level 5, who also previously developed The Starship Damrey and Bugs vs. Tanks on the Nintendo eShop for the 3DS. Attack of the Friday Monsters looked like a solid adventure title with some cool Japanese monster fights thrown in for entertainment value. What seemed like a rich story actually turned out to be a pretty disappointing. With a dull story and no actual puzzle elements, this is a game you need to avoid at all cost.

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The Bad:

– Extremely boring gameplay. You basically navigate around the same town constantly heading to a different shop or visiting a different character.  Once at your location, press the A button and a series of texts explain what’s going on, and point you to the next objective. That’s what you do for the entire game.

– The monster fighting card game is just a simple game of rock-paper-scissors. Nothing exciting about it.

– There’s one single scene of monsters fighting during the whole game, while the rest is just basic non-entertaining chatter about a little boy’s life in the old Tokyo countryside.

– Thankfully the game is extremely short; however, the two hours it took to beat the game were some of the longest hours of my life.

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The lowdown:

There are much, much better titles on the eShop. Level 5 already released the excellent Starship Damrey, which is a much better adventure game than this. Pick up that title instead and stay far away from this one.

Final Score: 2.5/10

2 thoughts on “Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale Review”

  1. Man, I have never seen such mixed reviews for this game. I actually just read the review from Destructoid, which gave this game a 9/10, no joke. http://www.destructoid.com/review-attack-of-the-friday-monsters-a-tokyo-tale-258514.phtml

    I admit, from what I read about the story, it made me think of a Studio Ghibli movie, which I found really interesting. I think it’s just one I’ll have to try for myself. I do want to try Starship Damrey as well.

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