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  • Summary: Monster Lab is set in an eerie, supernatural world where the evil Baron Mharti rules the region with a cruel hand. Gamers take on the role of an apprentice scientist who must perform a vast array of intricate experiments to create creepy monsters from over 150 monster parts. From mechanical to biological to alchemical laboratories, players take control of their monstrous creations and explore the land, searching for ingredients to make stronger monster parts, hunting out and defeating enemy monsters, discovering quests to embark upon or simply competing in the numerous mini-games available. Monster Lab gives players the ability to challenge and compete with friends in ferocious multiplayer combat and collect monster parts and recipes in an obsessive pursuit of knowledge and power. The ultimate goal is to vanquish the evil Baron Mharti and liberate the villagers through mastering experiments, creating a powerful army of monsters and conquering all of the vast environments. Only then will the player rise through the ranks and become a Mad Scientist worthy of defeating the Baron! [Eidos Interactive] Expand
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  1. Overall, Monster Lab for the NDS is a decent little game that's worth the price of admission. It's clearly been given some real polish and shine, and the effort put into the various modes of gameplay is significant, even though they don't mesh together terribly well.
  2. It’s polished and endearing, with lots of action, varied gameplay, and a nice tale wrapped up in a cool role-playing package. Those players looking for a completely different approach to the genre should give this game a serious look.
  3. The simplistic adventure game seems to be incredibly popular on the Nintendo DS, and Monster Lab is another fine entry in the genre. The production values are good, the creation-based gameplay is different and the quest is enjoyable. Kids with a creative side and an evil streak are sure to enjoy their time with Monster Lab.
  4. The big problem Monster Lab DS has is that, not only does it not play to its own considerable strengths, it actually conceals, distracts from and ignores the very things that stand to make it potentially outstanding.
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    There's a lot of competition in the DS market, and Monster Lab doesn't quite have the raw talent to go up against that. But, there's a good amount of fun in there that a player could eke out if they were so inclined, and I'm certainly glad I got to play it. It's fun atmosphere can't ultimately redeem the fact it's too confused by its own design.
  6. It's too bad the stylus-intensive mini-games get in the way too often, giving Monster Lab the air of more of an interactive activity book than an entertaining gaming experience.

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