Pokemon on Xbox? Discover Monster Sanctuary

Capture little monsters, teach the best moves and strategize with a team to defeat other trainers. The mechanics that make pokemon the most profitable franchise of all time have been replicated by countless other games. Anyone who owns an Xbox console can check out one of these great “children” of the franchise published by Nintendo, and without having a Nintendo Switch at home.

Monster Sanctuary is available in the Xbox Game Pass catalog on Xbox One, Xbox Series, and PC, but is also playable on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch. In addition to having several mechanics extracted from pokemonthe indie title goes even further, mixing everything we love about the Pikachu series with another great video game classic: castlevania.

The game marks the debut of the German developer morai games, which decided to create an interesting combination of monster battles with a classic metroidvania, with a pixelated and side view. As in a good title of the genre inspired by castlevania and Super Metroidnew monsters captured in Monster Sanctuary not only serve the battles, but allow the player to overcome obstacles to explore new areas.

The game’s 100+ little monsters can evolve while combat is turn-based, featuring teams of three on three. For this reason, more than having a strong team, the player needs to create a strategy with synergy for team battles, distinguishing Monster Sanctuary even your initial inspiration.

Different than pokemon, each monster here has a unique skill tree, which allows you to customize a team to create unique combinations of attacks and passive effects in battle. It is still possible to test the best strategies against other players in online multiplayer mode.

Two teams of three monsters face off in a German game (Image: Disclosure/moi rai games)

Story

in the campaign Monster Sanctuary, which takes an average of 35 hours to complete, the player controls an heir to an ancient lineage of Monster Keepers, the Pokémon trainers of this world. The player must explore the side world to protect the shrine that gives the title its name against an alien threat that promises to put an end to the peace between humans and monsters.

New monsters captured, release new ways to explore this world and advance the plot (Image: Disclosure / moi rai games)

Development

Monster Sanctuary was released on December 8, 2020 for PC (via Steam), Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and directly from the Xbox Game Pass catalogue. Moi rai’s debut game received several free updates in 2021, adding new features, content, and balance changes with the latest update being called Legendary Keeper.

In September 2021, moi rai games announced a DLC with a new area for the game, new monsters and features. the DLC Forgotten World will be available for free in the first half of 2023.

The skill tree of each monster has three strategy possibilities to assemble a team (Image: Disclosure/moi rai games)

With information: moi rai games

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