Monster Prom Review - An Amusing Adventure
Monster Prom is a quirky dating sim that distracts the player from its issues with hilarious dialogue and the wonders of four-player co-op.
Three weeks are left until Monster Prom, and you need to score a date before time is up. The player can join three others on a journey full of triumph, misfortune, and hilarity as they get attached to any of the six unique love interests. With thousands of interactions and over a dozen endings, Monster Prom’s biggest selling point is its variety.
When the player starts Monster Prom, they’ll have a choice between four playable characters: Yellow, a cute and shadowy figure with adorable little friends; Red, a fashionable creature with a flamin’ hairstyle; Blue, a lovable rendition of Frankenstein’s Monster; and Green, an undead character as charming as they are tough. Afterwards, a ridiculous pop quiz welcomes the player and provides different bonuses. The first two questions determine if the player gets additional Smarts, Boldness, Creativity, Charm, Fun, or Money when they start.
These stats are necessary for asking one of the six love interests to prom, so it’s a good idea to figure out monster affinities beforehand. For example, Vera—a green woman with snakes for hair—seems to be interested in the Smarts stat. The third question on the pop quiz determines who you’ll have a starting affinity with. For example, answering the question “what would be your dream first date?” with “a professional meeting where you charm your date with some astonishing business advice!” provides starting affinity with Vera.
Once the game actually begins, the player can go to any of six areas to increase their stats. The six environments are: Auditorium—Creativity; Class—Smarts; Library—Money; Outdoors—Fun; Gym—Charm; and Bathrooms—Boldness. Once the player increases their desired stat, an interaction begins with a specific group of characters. After reading the dialogue, the player must figure out which of two options will lead them closer to an ideal prom.
The most amazing thing about this system is how many unique interactions and outcomes there are. Monster Prom publisher Beautiful Glitch has created thousands of situations which keep the game fresh for quite a while.
Unfortunately, this all seems in vain because of how uninteresting the conclusions of Monster Prom are. The base prom ending is disappointing, providing a basic “Congratulations!” with little to no flavor text. The game possesses special endings, but even these are underwhelming in the context of how much work the player puts in to secure a date.
When it comes to the co-op, each player can go after seperate love interests or compete for the same monster. This can cause serious issues as events are limited to specific times. For example, if a friend and I were going after the same character, the person who gets their turn first has priority. If I were to sit next to someone at the lunch table, no one else could sit there for the rest of the round. Because of this, it’s self-destructive to have two people go after the same monster.
Additionally, special events occur where a player can completely screw over another. In between each week, something unique happens to someone randomly. If one of the love interests tells you that they’re into another player, you can convince them of it being a good or bad idea.
All six of Monster Prom’s dateable characters are incredibly unique, each providing a new experience.
Miranda Vanderbilt is an adorable and incredibly privileged mermaid princess who’s oblivious to the value of monster life, making her genocidal as a result. Most interactions with Miranda involve pandering to her expectations of life as the most important creature in her kingdom. She’s a connoisseur of lighthearted murder, but she’s not a fan of anything that seems cruel or mean. Miranda also possesses a handful of serfs who practically do everything for her.
Damien LaVey is a sadistic demon who loves to destroy things and set them on fire. Most interactions with him involve making other people’s lives miserable. He gets freakishly excited over death, destruction, and violence. However, he’s also secretly into many girly things and has been obsessed with femininity since childhood.
Scott Howl is an incredibly dense and lovable werewolf with more good intentions than brainpower. Most of his interactions involve trying to get him to understand simple concepts. Other than that, he loves sports more than anything and tries to create a competition out of the littlest things.
Liam de Lioncourt is an overwhelmingly knowledgeable vampire geek who loves to prove people wrong. Most interactions with Liam involve him trying to make art out of things that are mundane and uninteresting. He’s also the most stereotypical hipster imaginable and is usually in other people’s conversations to play the straight man.
Polly Geist is a rowdy ghost who loves committing monster sin as much as she loves partying. Most interactions with her involve alcohol, drugs, and an amusing sense of millennial humor. For example, the player will find her saying things like “YASSSSSSS” or “DYING IS GREAT.”
And then there’s Vera Oberlin, an aggressive and very exploitative gorgon who never stops trying to scam anyone she can. Most interactions with her involve trying to trick people or going into new business ventures to make as much money as possible. Vera despises being bothered, and she’s typically very happy if the player gets annoying monsters away from her.
Each character of Monster Prom has hilarious traits that make each situation a pleasure to read through. Sitting with friends and witnessing the game’s comedic insanity had all four of us dying of laughter.
However, there’s inconsistency in picking the right question for the right monster. There are many situations where it seems like the answer should be obvious, but Monster Prom tricks you in some convoluted way. It’s also difficult to determine if a situation is meant to pander to a specific character or if it’s a situation where both can be charmed.
For example, Polly and Vera were talking about dodgeball, and at the end of the conversation I had to decide what should happen. I picked the answer that seemed to pander to Vera, but in reality, the situation was meant for Polly and didn’t involve any way of earning Vera’s affection.
If the player is mid-game and has to quit, Monster Prom doesn’t provide the option to save their progress. It can be quite obnoxious, as matches usually go on for two hours. Without a save option, the player has to keep their game on or lose all progress.
Minor spelling errors are present in the game, but they show up rarely, so it’s not a big deal. It’s also not particularly surprising considering how many interactions Monster Prom has.
Monster Prom has an incredibly charming art style that makes every character seem adorable regardless of their sinister intentions. However, it would’ve been nice to have a gallery where the player could view graphics they’ve unlocked.
Monster Prom is full of life thanks to its hilarious cast, and with its surprisingly smart writing, the game rarely fails to be humorous. Its lack of a save option, unsatisfying conclusions, and missing gallery can be frustrating, but it’s certainly worth it for only $11.99.
|Amusing Interactions||No Save Option|
|Addicting||Lack of an Art Gallery|
|Unique Characters||Unsatisfying Conclusions||Tons of Variety|