Game Review: Monster Super League

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# Adventure with the Astromons!
Collect over 550 types of Astromon in Monster Super League!
Catch wild Astromons out there in the field, or summon them by hatching the mysterious eggs!
Collect & evolve your favorite Astromons!

# Immersive Content!
Dive deep into the story of Astromons through 8 different regions!
Challenge yourself in daily Dungeons for better rewards!
Battle against other players in the Astromon League!

NOTE: This game is available on iOS and Andriod but I only have the Android version. This review reflects my experience with the Android app only. 


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Besides Final Fantasy: Record Keeper and Fantasy War Tactics (review pending), Monster Super League (or MSL) is among my longest played mobile games to date. I actually believe I was searching Pokemon or Pokemon-esque games and this one popped up. I was so obsessed with the artwork that I immediately downloaded it. I am not going to pretend I am not an art snob when it comes to games…

This game has great graphics and runs smoothly. There are multiple areas to play besides the main campaign without being overwhelming. The RNG can be as frustrating as it is rewarding but the grind doesn’t feel like a chore.

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The Wiki is a major help! Definitely check it out.

Pros:

  • Free to play, which is always a plus. Of course, you can pay to play but, if you don’t care about PVP, it is not necessary to enjoy the game.
  • Being able to use friends can help immensely if you are in a tight spot.
  • The player can auto-battle most of the areas 20x in a row. This can make for easier grinding if your monsters are up to the task.
  • The list of monsters to catch is large and evergrowing. There are special events and special monsters and the player can almost every monster in each element (fire, water, wood, light, dark)

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    Dossier of Monsters

  • The devs are fairly consistent but listen to their player base. They also are always adding new and different events that keep the game interesting and fresh.
  • The player is constantly obtaining resources just for playing the game.
  • The player can use gem sets to buff monsters. The gems are easy to obtain and the system is relatively simple especially compared to other games.
  • Each monster has 3 evolutions, each with separate appearance, and can be ascended to 6 stars regardless of what star they start at. These processes are also pretty simple and straightforward though they require a bit of grinding.
  • Daily tasks are easy to complete and rewarding.
  • Battles are turn-based, giving the player a chance to plan their attack.
  • As I stated above, the artwork is beautiful, the graphics are great, and the game runs smoothly.

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    Grinding out levels

  • I have personally never run into any bugs and those that do exists are fixed quickly.
  • The player is able to link their account to save their data. This has saved me personally multiple times.

 

Cons:

  • Everying, literally EVERYTHING, requires gold which is the game’s basic currency. More often than not, it will be the lack of gold that stops the player from progressing in some way.
  • If it is not the gold, it is the lack of stamina. Stamina grows with each level, but, in a game like this, there can never be enough stamina. There is always a dungeon/level/what have you that needs to be ground out.
  • The player starts out with very low space for monsters which can be frustrating if you are in it for collecting monsters or trying to evolve monsters. The player can expand it. For gold.
  • The player needs to grind for everything from leveling to resources. While the grind can feel rather rewarding, it can also be frustrating particularly if it’s stopping the player from completing a specific goal.
  • Event monsters can be hard to obtain especially for those who aren’t able to spend time and real-time money.
  • PVP can be a nightmare, mainly for those who don’t usually PVP.
  • The AI for the player’s auto battling can be dumb and, honestly, the reason the player loses at times.

 

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Been stuck on this beast for weeks…

 

I can understand that the con list may make the reader question my rating, but I stand beside it. Despite the list, the cons do not outweigh the pros and have not detracted from my enjoyment of the game. The only thing that honestly burns me up the neverending need for gold and the AI’s period bouts of stupidity that ruin runs for me.

❧ Arec

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Disclaimer: As always, my reviews are purely my opinion and are not influenced by any outside factors. I am not paid/bribed/etc. to write them. I just enjoy writing reviews.

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