You know those crappy level 1 monsters you fight at the beginning of RPGs? What do you think they do when you aren’t around to slash their faces off? Mediocre Monster is here to answer that question.
You play as Gob, an employee of The Bestiary, a company that outsources monsters to various places around the RPG worlds. Employees pretend to be vicious monsters, then fake their deaths when lowly heroes smack them with their swords. It sounds like a sweet gig, right?
Gob lives in a place called The Grind, which used to be a bustling town full of RPG monsters. Unfortunately, all the monsters have been leaving recent years to work for the Mobile or FPS industries. Do you see what they’ve done there? The mayor of the town started playing free-to-play games, and he started spending so much money he had to using town funding to fuel his habit. Again, do you see what they’ve done there? The Bestiary took the hit hard, and had to hire Gob, an even more pathetic tutorial monsters, to bolster the ranks.
This carries over the gameplay as well. Its set up like a stand turn based RPG, only you’re playing as a single monster instead of a party of adventurers. All the fights are “supposed to lose” fights, and there are several strict rules you have to follow to give these heroes a good experience.
Aside from that, there are also elements of visual novels in how the story is told, and simulator games, as you have manager rosters, perform well to make more money, and spend the money on new gear. Gob is even give the job of reviving the town, meaning he has to build new stores and attracting new residents. You have to balance both doing your job as a monster, and as a town savior in order to progress through the game.
They’ve even created a meta in-game game called Legends of the Adventure that Gob is assigned too, complete with its own heroes and title screen.
This is the kind of game that can sell itself on its idea alone. It’s unique and has an interesting spin on the standard RPG formula. There’s plenty of variety in game as well, and balancing all your tasks and jobs will be handful itself.
There’s a lot of information on the page itself. The pitch video is a ridiculous musical trailer detailing the game, and it’s just the right sort of campiness to make it funny and not too annoying. It says a lot about the gameplay mechanics and the story, but there isn’t a breakdown of what the money is for specifically, and the Risks & Challenges section is thin to say the least.
But if that doesn’t bother you, Mediocre Monster is seeking $50,000 until March 24. Be sure to check it out, and come back to more articles about it here at Cliqist.
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