Monster Island: The Game of Giant Monster Combat
Monster Island: The Game of Giant Monster Combat Playtest Review by Reidzilla on 11/10/02
Style: 2 (Needs Work)
Substance: 2 (Sparse)
While entertaining, a poor example of what could have been a great product
Product: Monster Island: The Game of Giant Monster Combat
Author: Bruce Harlick & Patrick Sweeney
Company/Publisher: Firefly Games
Line: Action! System
Page count: 32
Year published: 2002
Comp copy?: no
Playtest Review by Reidzilla on 11/10/02
Genre tags: Modern day Horror Comedy Asian/Far East Superhero
by Firefly Games (www.firefly-games.com)
While entertaining, a poor example of what could have been a great product.
As I mentioned in a earlier review,
I have been a Giant Monster fan since I was a child. I would be remiss to
mention that I had been looking forward to the release of this book and of its
competition, Giant Monster Rampage (GMR) by Mystic Eye Games. While I have
already posted a review for GMR, I will say here that I feel that
I have broken down
Cost: $9.95 for a 32 page, B&W interior, Full-color cover, staple bound book. This brings the cost per page to roughly $.31; unacceptably expensive. 1 out of 5.
Art: Well drawn, grayscale comic style art; unfortunately, not very much of it. Also contains a full color insert of cardstock Monster figures. 5 out of 5.
Layout: Medium text density with legible fonts. While clean, the general layout is VERY plain; two columns of text with no page decoration. This style harkens back to the day before computer layout programs were available. Not really up to par with the other game publications of the 21st century. 3 out of 5.
Crunchiness: 3 pages of TOC, intro, &
what you need to play; 10 pages of monster creation; 9 pages of rules, optional
rules, & scenarios; 8 pages of setting background, pre-constructed monsters,
and a monster sheet; & a 1 page ad for the next supplement.
Monster Creation: A generic, point expenditure
system is provided to purchase the monsters attributes and powers. I mention generic
because that the system seems very similar to a number of generic RPG systems (the
most successful being GURPS), many of which are available for no cost. While
this will allow anyone to use any of the other Action! System™ games (Not that I have heard of any) in conjunction
Playability: After going through monster creation, my group and looked over the rules and found nothing unique or thrilling about them. They seemed like a simplified version of most of the generic RPG rules we had seen before; very boring. As a result, we choose not to play. 2 out of 5.
Monster Creation: 2
Conclusion: After totaling up the scores I
have decided to give a Style of 2 and a Substance of 2. Unfortunately, I feel
that the purchase of this game was a waste of money. Anyone looking to play a
giant monster table top game using plastic or cardstock monsters would better
enjoy Giant Monster Rampage or most any other monster game than