If you ever wanted some more classic Pokémon-esque collect-a-thon RPGs, well then look no further. SOEDESCO along with Studio Aurum have teamed up to create Monster Crown, coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019.
This game was another Kickstarter darling that somehow made 900% of its $4,000 goal. (Wow, people sure love collecting creatures.) It’s a really small team, so the term “indie” fits perfectly. The game seems to take design inspiration not only from Pokémon but also older Japanese properties like Dragon Quest. And, as someone who looks into Pokémon fan projects in their free time, I can safely say that a lot of these designs are pretty slick. It is all about the designs, after all.
Where the name comes from
It seems the “Crown” in the title is referring both to the Philosopher Kings of Crown Island and the island itself. These tyrants ruled the area we’ve been sent to explore with an iron fist for 20 years until they were overthrown. But now it’s up to us to stop a mysterious villain from attempting to revive them, along with our monster companions. This is already a refreshing and more adult take on most of the plots in similar games.
Honestly, I like the art style but I would understand if people weren’t super sold on the retro graphics anymore. Gameplay-wise, Monster Crown does seem to be unique, and definitely worth a look. I don’t think there’ll ever be a shortage of Pokémon-esque games; the formula is just too appealing.
Plenty of collectible creatures on the way
This year is especially good for the creature-collecting RPG genre. We’ve got Monster Crown on the way, along with Temtem (another Kickstarter success), so if you’re a design-centric fan looking for something fresh, the Nintendo Switch apparently has you covered. Now if only Persona 5 could finally get ported over.
But what do you guys think? Does Monster Crown look like something you’d be interested in? Are you a fan of the designs? Do you think this will hold you over until Nintendo surprises us with Pokémon in 2019? Let us know your thoughts down below. And if you want to give the game a shot, they have released a demo for Kickstarter backers, so you can check that out as well!
Writer, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, and “geek culture” aficionado. Jake B is an avid art lover based in San Francisco, California who has been hooked on video games and animation since he was just a wee lad. As one of those so-called “creative types” Jake obsesses over art in any medium, whether it’s video games, cartoons, or anime. Ask him about any artist, they’re probably already in his bookmarks. Gaming is one of his biggest passions, and an industry he takes seriously.