Thursday, February 23, 2012

Project Spotlight: Monster Guru by Gimo Games

I've admittedly grown a little tired of role-playing games over the past few years as they seem to grow less inspired with each new iteration.  However, there will always be a soft spot in my heart for monster capture games like Pokemon, MagiNation, and Revelations.  It's one of the many reasons I'm excited for Monster Guru by Gimo Games.

I won't pretend that nostalgia doesn't play a large role in my interest in Monster Guru, but that's hardly the only element that will make this a must-play game.  Just head to their Kickstarter page and take a look at the video and images.  The whole thing is hand-drawn and looks absolutely beautiful.  Both the characters and environments look rich, original, and immersive.  I don't know much of what this game will be about but I already can't wait to dive into the world.  In addition to the visuals, the soundtrack is great.

It isn't all about the aesthetics, though.  There are some cool gameplay mechanics as well.  Since Monster Guru is being released on iOS, it will take advantage of the geolocation feature of such devices, tracking where you go and translating that to the in-game map.  I'm excited to learn how this will impact gameplay as more details come out about the game.

It's only $5 to get a copy of this game for your iOS-enabled device, but really, at least spring for the $10 tier to get a download of the wonderful soundtrack.  Other rewards include an artbook, designing your own monster (my personal favorite), and even contributing in meetings with the team.

The most original projects come from smaller creators, and Monster Guru looks to contrinue this trend.  If you're looking for a beautiful, creative game, Monster Guru is definitely worth checking out.

www.gimogames.com


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