Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monster Party (1989)
Bandai is probably most well known for releasing the game Stadium Events, which would go on to become one of the rarest NES games ever. I don't own Stadium Events and I never will, I don't have a fucking thousand dollars to blow on a shitty NES game, besides I have Nintendos World Class Track Meet, which can be found anywhere for like two fucking quarters. Yet people want the more expensive rarer version, because they are retarded. Uh, I don't really know where I was going with that but still, Bandai was most well known for that game and the biggest reason is, most of their other games sucked (a few were pretty good but you'll have to wait to see which ones I liked!!) but the best game they published was Monster Party.
I was surprised to find out that Bandai didn't develop this game (at least according to Wikipedia!) but Human Entertainment did. The same people who developed the totally awesome Kabuki Quantum Fighter, which to be fair, was a pretty strange game in itself, BUT Monster Party is even stranger. EVERYTHING about this game is strange. the levels are strange. the plot is strange. the bosses are really fucking strange. the enemies are strange. EVERYTHING. It's like they took every cliche from every horror film ever and threw it into a game. Every single kind of monster you can think off is in this game. And it's awesome.
Monster Party boasts pretty damn good graphics, very good music, good controls and a neat little plot. You play as Mark whos coming home from a Baseball game and is approached by a Demon named Bert, who wants you to help him save the Dark World! So in this game you get to play as both Mark and Bert who have different attacks. Mark fights with his baseball and Bert can fly and shoot pellets at enemies. You become Bert whenever you pick up a pill. The game is pretty challenging too so you won't beat it in a sitting unless you are really good, but enough practice and you can beat this game.
Despite having a pretty big cult of fans in America, Monster Party was never released in Japan (although a prototype exists.) It's one of the few games that weren't released in Japan (I think Star Tropics and Zoda's Revenge were also kept from the Japanese) It's a shame that they didn't get to play this game but to be fair THE JERKS DIDN'T LET US PLAY KID DRACULA SO THEY CAN GO EAT A PILE OF DICKS.