Gay Girl Casually Reviews Games #8: Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (2018)

Strolling around my favorite village (I first read it as ‘lumpia’ lol).

Why play?

Avoid if:

This little puzzle in Lava Caves can be quite frustrating and I’m proud of solving it (after multiple tries) even before I got the the ice-freeze ability thingy!

STORY & PREMISE

This family turned into foxes and racoons. Meanwhile, I turned into a pig hihi.
At the end of each boss fight, you unlock a new animal form.

GAMEPLAY & CONTROLS

Choose the best animal form that fits a level’s physical environment. Image from PC Invasion.
  • As a pig, Jin moves quite slower. You also sink underwater, with no way of floating back up on your own (you must use bouncy boxes, especially if you’re about to run out of breath). You attack enemies with your piggie foot and fat belly; do dive attacks (jump + stomp); and cast magic spells (i.e., fireballs, thunder bolts, bombs, mini-hurricanes, boomerangs). You can use magic against enemies or as a means to solve puzzles. You also have the special ability to sniff out clues and truffles, which are used to level up your magic powers.
  • As a snake, you can spit venom (which is also used to light up crystals in dark unlit places), crawl against mossy structures, and forge your way into tiny spaces. When plunged into water, you will automatically float back up to the surface.
  • For me, Jin’s frog form is the most versatile one. You can attack enemies using weapons (i.e., swords, spear) or your very long tongue; equip accessories (i.e., armors, magic bracelets, shields, boots); spit out stolen bombs; float, swim, and dive (breathe) freely underwater; and on top of all that, you can swing your way through horizontal and vertical obstacles using your tongue — control-wise, it’s like Spiderman shooting webs up in the air.
  • As a lion, you can also use weapons and equip the above items; like a pig, you can do dive attacks; you cannot swim underwater; but you do possess the so-called charge ability, which allows you to run fast, bump into, and destroy enemies or barriers (i.e., rocks, vertical and horizontal obstacles).
  • I am yet to unlock my dragon form, and I am so excited to finally be able to fly!
This shopkeeper doesn’t look very friendly…
  • Weapons and accessories help you thrive in certain environments (i.e., a pair of boots that allow you to walk on clouds, a shield that deflects fireballs, a sword that freezes enemies and lava etc.).
  • You can buy them from certain shops across different parts of the game’s world (i.e., certain items are only available in certain locations).
  • They can also be levelled up through the services of a blacksmith. You pay in gems, which you acquire from cleverly hidden treasure chests.
The thingy below the frog is a special save checkpoint with healing features. Image from GameSpot.
  • There is a limit to each spell though (i.e., you only get 5 fireballs in the beginning). As you find more truffles, you can level up your spells (i.e., increasing your fireball count to 15).
  • You can replenish your magic spell points by purchasing them from a shop, using golden coins.
Life heart treasure chest found in Lupia Village. Image from Switchaboo.
  • You can replenish your life hearts by drinking a healing potion or by healing yourself in a special save checkpoint (not all checkpoints have healing features).
  • You can also find special treasure chests containing additional life hearts (i.e., Jin starts out with only 3 life hearts; right now, I have 8 and there are plenty more life heart treasure chests to find).
As you can see, all Lupia villagers have turned into animals. That’s Ollie the musician, I think he turned into an otter? Image from Neoseeker.
I am yet to unlock all parts of the world map. Image from Steam Community.

WORLD & ART

Intro plays out like an anime.
Monster Boy’s original form prior to the curse: A normal blue-haired lad.

MAIN CHARACTER

Had to roast myself in pig form just to extract information from this hungry pirate lol.

DIALOGUE

This bandit, Mack Malino, challenged me to a race at the Hidden Temples.

MUSIC

VALUE

Jin’s frog form is my favorite! And bats are among my least favorite enemies (haha).

CONCLUSION

GAME INFO

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I have short hair now.

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