Eidos Monster Lab
"It's alive... Alive!"
- Can pick up and play any time, good cartoon graphics, clear sound
- Controls can be frustrating until you figure them out
A charming detour, Monster Lab is a fantastically tongue-in-cheek adventure that has just enough charm in its gameplay to overshadow some lacklustre controls.
Price$ 49.95 (AUD)
Monster Lab is a new role-playing title that puts you in the shoes of a Frankenstein-like mad scientist looking to create life. Much like Frankenstein himself, Eidos' Monster Lab allows you to construct various forms of monstrous life through a combination of limbs, parts, and special attributes. With so many options, what will you end up creating?
Monster Lab takes place in the Uncanny Valley, where you take on the role of the newest member in the Mad Science Alliance. Playing the apprentice to three very crazy scientists, each mentor will teach you different evil science techniques — the first being the zany Professor Fuseless. Your first mission is to leave the Gothic Castle, and go help the village by destroying the monster that is wreaking havoc on the poor villagers. Taking control of the monster is very easy, and allows you a wide array of actions. You can explore the land, hunt for monsters to fight, or go searching for "ingredients" to create your very own monster.
You gain your experience in Monster Lab by eliminating other hand-made monsters and stealing their parts (ouch!) With over a hundred different monster parts available, you can mix and match heads, arms, legs and torsos to construct your perfect monster. A downside to this rather innovative feature is that creating parts for your monster can be frustrating., but once you get the hang of the game's construction system as well as it's rather wonky control scheme, you'll be busting out Frankenstenian beasts in no time. Welding new parts can also be difficult, as the mobile screen can be distracting, not to mention a rather daunting time limit. If you don't complete the task under the sufficient amount of time, the item will be destroyed in the Weld-O-Tron.
The RPG combat style is great, allowing the player to choose which attack you want to use in order to most damage to the opposing monster. The graphics are wonderfully charming in an innovative 3-D cartoon style. The animation is very fluent and the battles are a breeze to figure out, each encounter a quick and fun exercise. The best part about Monster Lab is it's variety — with so many parts and monsters out there, it's almost guaranteed that you'll never have to fight the same monster twice! The game's sound is very clear and concise, with eerie music that really makes you feel like you're in a mad scientist's lair. Mixed with the game's fantastic visuals, the inherent charm of Monster Lab really takes effect!
Overall, Monster Lab is a great game. It's a fantastic pick-up-and-play title that's great for on-the-go creation, and an addictive battle system that always wants you leaving more. If the idea of creating your very own army of Frankenstein monsters appeals to you, be sure to pick up a copy of Monster Lab!
Join the PC World newsletter!
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® Portable SSD
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Acer Swift 7
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Surface Pro 4
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 5 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
Latest News Articles
- You can download Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes for iOS and Android today
- Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes looks sharp, but will it survive the freemium transition?
- Nintendo's bringing Super Mario Run to Android in March, but Fire Emblem's coming first
- The Switch is a mix of Nintendo's past consoles
- Dead Rising 4 impressions: 'Tis the season to BBQ zombies with your flaming sword
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSenior .Net Developer with Silverlight proficiencyVIC
- TPDatabase Integration SpecialistVIC
- FTSenior Business Project ManagerNSW
- FTNodeJS DeveloperNSW
- TPDrupal Developer - Immediate startQLD
- CCProject Scheduler-Port MacquarieQLD
- CCSalesforce - Functional Analyst (BA)NSW
- CCInfrastructure Business AnalystNSW
- FTERP ConsultantQLD
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Sales & Marketing Modules)NSW
- FTMicrosoft ProgrammerSA
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Manufacturing and Trade & Logistics Modules)VIC
- TPDigital Project ManagerVIC
- FTOnline Solutions AnalystNSW
- CCNetwork ArchitectWA
- CCData Analyst - AutoHaulWA
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Manufacturing and Trade & Logistics Modules)QLD
- TPFront End DeveloperWA
- TPSAP Helpdesk SupportACT
- FTApplications DeveloperACT
- FTSecurity Engineer - Permanent - IT Services - SydneyNSW
- TPAgile CoachNSW
- FTData AnalystQLD
- TPICT Project CoordinatorQLD
- TPInformation Management SpecialistVIC