If you think back 20 years, if you wanted to play survival horror, you had, like, three franchises to choose from. Now, there are more choices than we know what to do with, which is a pretty wonderful problem to have. Today’s entry is Monstrum from developer Team Junkfish, which is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and (for the past five years) on PC.
What makes Monstrum distinct is that it takes place on a 1970s cargo ship that is procedurally generated for randomized terror. The one certainty is that one of three unique monsters is on the ship with you, each one having its own behaviors and dangers. Only your wits can get you off that ship in one piece.
Monstrum promises the following features:
- Survive a changing environment and monster with each new game.
- Use whatever you can find to outwit the monsters and escape the ship.
- Hide, distract, and run, but be careful not to fall into the numerous traps.
- Death is permanent. Try to stay alive or you’ll have to start all over again.
Monstrum is $29.99 on the Nintendo Switch eShop, maybe a bit more expensive than we’re used to for this sort of game, but the title has garnered quite a bit of positive buzz over the years on PC. At present, Junkfish is working on Monstrum II.