First Impressions: Monster Prom
Rounding out our PAX East First Impressions is a little gem called Monster Prom. Developed by Beautiful Glitch and published by Those Awesome Guys, Monster Prom is a fun, cooperative dating simulator that puts you in control of, well...a high school-aged monster. Players interact with classmates with the ultimate goal of getting a date to the prom, and the result is a hilarious adventure that is endearing and oddly relatable.
Monster Prom supports up to four players, giving each the opportunity to choose and name a playable character from a roster of classic monsters - including a zombie, a werewolf (who is of course, the school jock), and even Medusa. Once all characters are selected each player will go through a brief series of questions to establish baseline statistics, such as smarts, boldness, and charm. Increasing these stats by successfully navigating various high school-themed scenarios will bump your chances of getting a "yes" to the prom - provided you ask the right person! Each other character in the game has a distinct personality that align with certain stats, but not others, so it's important to choose wisely. It's possible to be rejected (*shudders, remembering high school*) forcing you to miss out while your classmates dance the night away. I am proud to say that Manny and I both landed dates during our play through... which is totally how it went in high school, right?? Right...
Monster Prom shines brightest in the interactions between characters. There are no voice actors, so all dialogue is messaged through on-screen text boxes, but each character has a tangible personality and voice, thanks to some phenomenal writing. While a lot of video games miss the mark when it comes to genuinely funny character interaction, Monster Prom swings for the fence and hits it every time. The quick hits of high school-themed humor stay sharp throughout the game, and we found ourselves regularly cackling like children throughout the 40-or-so minute gameplay session.
Monster Prom is the perfect game to play with a group of friends, even for those who aren't the most avid gamers. There isn't too much in the way of replay value, because the encounters and witty banter can become repetitive after you've exhausted all the scenes there are to explore. However, this game is sure to be an absolute hit at your next gathering - just come to peace with laughing at crude and silly humor. Keep an eye out for Monster Prom, which releases on April 27th on Steam.