Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. games(TM)
    Sep 23, 2013
    When it comes down to flat-out value for money? The 3DS store has plenty of other games to hold your attention. [Issue#139, p.120]
  2. Games Master UK
    Sep 18, 2013
    Short and sweet, its ability to capture a sense of time of place should be cherished. [Nov 2013, p.73]
  3. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Sep 17, 2013
    There's a subtlety of theme and a sense of personality here that is matched by almost nothing else on 3DS. [Oct 2013, p.83]
  4. Sep 17, 2013
    In the mind of a child this a fantastic game. The nostalgia factor is there and it gives us this warm and fuzzy feeling back to the old days. Besides that, it has a great style with fantastic music and it’s a great mini-game. Unfortunately, it’s only fun for short moments.
  5. Sep 16, 2013
    Attack of the Friday Monsters is an option to relax and appreciate an innocent, fanciful childhood of a Japanese kid.
  6. Sep 5, 2013
    Play it for the laid back narrative and faithful recreation of 1970s rural Japan, not for a deep monster-battling system or a well-told story.
  7. Aug 21, 2013
    Relish the art and the experience it across several sittings; Sohta’s journey is brief, but very uplifting.
  8. Aug 20, 2013
    In less than four hours, this game by Level-5 completes its magic, drawing a line that starts from the wonder of childhood, goes through the disillusionment of adults and culminates with the inevitable impacts against reality. Japanese developers still know how to propose these themes in an alternative and, above all, enjoyable way.
  9. Aug 19, 2013
    It might be less interactive, more linear and less challenging compared to other games, but few - very few - offer a vision so nostalgic and penetrating of the seventies suburbs of Tokyo and Kaiju monsters that threatened skyscrapers, all from a mysterious perspective and a restless mind of a ten year old infant.
  10. Aug 14, 2013
    The beautiful graphics, evocative soundtrack, selective but effective use of voice acting, excellent story, and occasional fart joke make Attack of the Friday Monsters worth keeping in your permanent collection.
  11. Aug 9, 2013
    More an interactive novel than a real videogame. The gameplay is only about talking and, if you want, playing a collectible cards game with your friends. But but to criticize the game for its simple gameplay would be an error, since it's a lovely, memorable experience that captures the essence of childhood and old movies, without being boring or too nostalgic.
  12. Aug 7, 2013
    Attack of the Friday Monsters! is a charming story in a lovely setting. Gameplay is just there for the sake of it and the sooner you realize this the better you will like this little storytelling gem.
  13. Aug 5, 2013
    It feels a bit petulant to complain about the plot, though.It's clear that the real focus of Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale is to immerse players in a bygone era of innocence which I'm sure reflects the personal experiences of the development team, and I can certainly appreciate it for that.
  14. Aug 3, 2013
    Attack of the Friday Monsters is more of an interactive story than a videogame. It's short on game mechanics, but the rest is very enjoyable: the tone, the passion and that strange feeling of nostalgic magic that Ayabe and his team could infuse in this delicate story.
  15. Aug 1, 2013
    Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale is not nearly big enough to hold the amount of affection I harbor for it, which isn't the worst problem for a game to have.
  16. Jul 30, 2013
    A nice game, able to pamper the player and bring him back to his childhood.
  17. Jul 30, 2013
    Like controlling the destiny of your very own, highly entertaining anime, Attack of the Friday Monsters works like a charm.
  18. Jul 25, 2013
    A hugely effective interactive story that shows that video games don’t need big budgets or extreme violence to tell an emotional tale.
  19. Jul 25, 2013
    It's odd and slightly throwaway, much like Attack of the Friday Monsters itself, yet it also captures the inquisitive naivety of childhood, and of a world where young imaginations blossom to fill the long hours of hot summer afternoons.
  20. Jul 25, 2013
    It’s a relaxing and charming little adventure priced rather out of its comfort zone, but it is not without value.
  21. Jul 25, 2013
    Twitch gamers will need to look elsewhere for their kicks, but anyone who can enjoy a fantastically paced story of childhood will adore the exploits of Sohta and the gang.
  22. Jul 25, 2013
    Attack of the Friday Monsters is a perfect bite-sized chunk of story-based gaming, and will easily blow past any cynical defenses to take up a warm and fuzzy place in your heart.
  23. Jul 24, 2013
    A game that might look like any other RPG, but it's not. There's a different story told in a different way, but biggest problem is that those who don't speak English won't be able to enjoy it.
  24. Jul 23, 2013
    A Toyko Tale is brief and entirely linear – in the main, you’re simply walking between numbered waypoints, though you can unlock certain dialogues by losing your servant status – but Ayabe transports you so utterly to an unfamiliar time and place that it matters little. By the outlandish and oddly touching final act showdown, you’ll be a rapt spectator, cheering on the heroes alongside Sohta and his newfound friends.
  25. 85
    Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale isn’t a long game. You can finish the main story in around three hours, and all of the end game content in about four or five hours. Nevertheless, its charming story and exceptional presentation make it more than worth your time, especially if you’re fond of Japanese monster flicks from the 60s and 70s.
  26. Jul 22, 2013
    Level-5’s latest is a truly unique offering on the 3DS — it’s mostly nonviolent, heavily rooted in Japanese culture and nostalgia and has terrific production values. It’s not recommended for adrenaline junkies, and the Friday Monsters aren’t exactly the Kaiju from Pacific Rim, but for anyone looking to spend a few hours watching an excellent story unfold, Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale won’t disappoint.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Aug 20, 2013
    Absolutely wonderful little title that really captures the nostalgia and emotion of childhood to the point of making you smile and tear upAbsolutely wonderful little title that really captures the nostalgia and emotion of childhood to the point of making you smile and tear up slightly. The game's setting is small but a joy to venture around. Collecting glibs is fun and addictive (in a healthy, non-extreme way). The visuals and soundtrack really compliment each other and both components are superb on their own. The story itself pans out very differently to what I was expecting and it was for the better. Ignore the steep price tag, you owe it to yourself to have this title in your collection. Though gamers seeking a more hardcore, action-packed and challenging experience should look elsewhere. Full Review »
  2. Dec 20, 2013
    This game was fantastic in every way. Destructoids review was pretty spot on. The game is extremely nostalgic and really captures the magic ofThis game was fantastic in every way. Destructoids review was pretty spot on. The game is extremely nostalgic and really captures the magic of childhood. I found it involving me on an emotional level. It charmed me to death. The soundtrack is absolutely fantastic. When you consider all of this for the $5 price tag (I got it on sale) this buy is a no-brainer. Absolutely one of the best eShop titles I have purchased. Full Review »
  3. Dec 25, 2014
    This game was recommended by many, and I saw it on sale at the eshop, and so I thought, "What the heck? It must be good since it's so wellThis game was recommended by many, and I saw it on sale at the eshop, and so I thought, "What the heck? It must be good since it's so well liked." Boy was I wrong. I went in expecting a game, and came out wondering where my game was and wanting a refund, because I felt robbed.
    Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale, is what it states it is, a "tale", not a game, but a "tale". This tale, however, failed to entertain me. It fails as a game and a tale, because the story makes absolutely no sense it all. Without spoiling too much, there's monsters, aliens, kids, and cards. This all adds up to become a simmering pot of disaster. With this, the game actually takes itself seriously. There's a few jokes here and there, but for the most part, the game is supposed to be serious. NOTHING made sense and I was left with $3 gone to waste.
    If you're looking for a game, then don't buy this. If you're looking for a story, then don't buy this either. If you're researching horrible overrated games or if you feel like burning money, then this is just the "game" for you.
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