Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale was developed by Millennium Kitchen and published by LEVEL-5 Games (known in the West mainly for Ni no Kuni) for the Nintendo 3DS. Tim Hart takes a look at this distinct mystery game to find out out if it lives up to existing hype…
In the 1960s and 70s, two new genres of media occurred in Japan. One was Kaiju, the giant Monsters the other Sentai heroes. In a small town outside of Toyko every friday giant monsters attck the town…Or do they?
Our tale involves a young boy called Sohta recently moved into the area with his parents’ laundrette business. His father is quiet and lacklustre and his mother caring but stern. We learn the story of life in a small town and the children’s mild obsession with ‘Monster Cards’ and TV series filmed in the town…
TV, but not TV
Any game I can play while lying in bed considering the nature of the universe is all good in my book. The controls are simple and the ‘Monster Card’ game is basically ‘Scissors, stone, paper’ with a few extras. So you won’t suck at it all game, there’s an awful lot of random element to it. But it’s fun nevertheless and then you can get extra information from the other children and cast a spell to make them fall over. Yes, you did read that right. It’s all childish fun, which is what a lot of this game is about.
You make your way through the town collecting ‘Glims’ (a promotional item from the TV station made from the crashed meteor of ten years past) and for every seven you get a monster card, which you can level up by getting duplicates. The names of the cards were just pure awesome like Eaglarian: the Atrocious Avian.
But throughout the game you have 26 episodes (like a season of anime) which are the mysteries of the town. Each combining into the overall plot arc. Admittedly the time for game duration is 2-3 hours tops. But it’s such a lovely story of childhood innocence, the bonds of friendship, self discovery and the infinite summer it doesn’t really matter. Everyone in the town has their own story to tell and if you take the time, you learn an awful lot, while playing in an anime-esque style that works well with the nature of the game.
This is a defo thumbs-up here. Attack of the Friday Monsters is enchanting and I’d most certainly recommend it for new/young gamers to introduce them to the 3DS. It’s not overly complicated and it’s fun to play. And that’s what I want in a game. Fun.
Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale is out now for download on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Our reviewer bought their own copy of the game.