On Monsters, Heroes, and Childhood: Attack of the Friday Monsters!

In this case, simplicity is, indeed, beauty.

Published by none other than Level-5, Attack of the Friday Monsters is more of a story rather than a game. The moment I laid eyes on it, I knew I had to get it–even if it is an eShop exclusive. I thank my lucky stars that this went on sale. So instead of chipping in $8 of eShop credits, I got it for, like, $3. Or something.

Okay, so Attack is more of a visual novel type of game where you get to control that kid above who is missing a tooth (I forgot if he has a name). All you need to do is walk around town, talk to people, and certain episodes will automatically activate. It’s a bit confusing at first but, really, you just need to follow the markers at the map in the lower screen.

9_fullafm1What initially got me into this game was the fact that it looked like it came out of a Ghibli film. I mean, look at it. It has “Ghibli” stamped all over. And then I find out that it even has a Ghibli-like premise–that is, whimsical. So in your wee town appears monsters, every Friday, which are actually a part of a shoot for a hero show. Basically, what you thought were real monsters are actually just a part of an Ultra Man shooting.

At the latter part of the story, you meet this butler-looking gentleman who is, apparently, an alien. And he tell you things you’d never imagine. Well, it would be too much of a spoiler to let those out.

fridayaThe only actual “action” you’d get in-game would be the Monster Cards. Simple, clean fun. It plays out like rock-paper-scissors and quite reminiscent of those cards games we used to play when I was a kid. And it’s quite a challenge to collect all of them.

The only down side of Friday Monsters? It is possible to finish all episodes in one sitting. But still, the simplicity of the game will make it sound like it would be such a bore. Surprisingly, it is not. Excellent story-telling and beautiful graphics, plus a whimsical plot, make Attack of the Friday Monsters worth your gaming while.


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