If you’re into giant robots and giant monsters beating the crap out of each other, you no doubt saw and enjoyed Pacific Rim. You may have also given the official video game adaptation a spin and quickly discovered that, like virtually all games based upon movies, it’s not very good. Thankfully, Attack of the Friday Monsters hails from Japan, where they happen to know a thing or two about mecha and kaiju.
Actually, it lacks the former, but is filled to the brim with the latter. Also, you don’t actually play as any kaiju, but instead are a distant observer. Which might sound a bit lame, but the key difference between this and the Pacific Rim adaptation is that it’s a actually a good game. Plus the premise is fairly novel; you play a kid who lives in the outskirts of Tokyo, circa the 1970s. It’s a tribute to the simpler days of childhood, if one’s youth was spent in an alternate reality in which big monsters appeared in one’s backyard every Friday afternoon to engage in combat.
The goal of the game is to solve the mystery behind the monsters; what are they and why they appear. You also interact with a number of towns folk, solving their problems, and other things that are common in adventure games. Plus there’s cards to collect, based upon the monsters, which you use to compete against other kids. So there is a light element of combat to be found.
It’s the latest morsel from the Guild series to be brought to America. Produced by Level-5, best known for Professor Layton. They’re a collection of bite-sized games for the 3DS that have been designed by various acclaimed Japanese game designers. There are two collections thus far; the games themselves have been separated and sold individually in the States via the Nintendo eShop.
Attack of the Friday Monsters is the brainchild of Kaz Ayabe, a prolific designer whose work has never appeared outside of his homeland. He’s responsible for the My Summer Vacation series, which details a city boy’s exploits in the countryside while on holiday.
It’s a massive hit amongst mature Japanese gamers who wish they were a kid again, though most publishers have been skittish about the idea of localizing the game to English speakers, even though loads of people here are equally sick of their adult lives. Guess adding monsters to the mix is what’ll make anything more marketable. Hey, whatever works.
Attack of the Friday Monsters is available right now in the Nintendo eShop for $7.99, alongside the two other games that originally comprised Guild02; The Starship Damrey and Bugs vs. Tanks.