Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. 79
    It's got a few problems in the area of unnecessary repetition, some flow-breaking load screens, some pointless mini-games and some over-baked dialog, but overall the presentation is a cut above most Wii games, the monster-building mechanic incredibly deep and the turn-based battle system enjoyable.
  2. Monster Lab has a ton of monster-making potential, but poor controls ruin this experiment.
  3. Monster Lab is a good game that will stay in your Nintendo Wii for a long time. Hopefully Eidos Interactive will create a sequel to this game that fixes its shortcomings as they have a potential blockbuster in their hands.
  4. Collecting and combining ingredients to make better monster parts is not only essential to progression, it is also fun and incredibly addictive.
  5. It has a linear story, turn-based fights, collecting and creating, and heaps of mini-games that will challenge and amuse. It's not perfect, though. For me, some of the fights were completely static and unbalanced, as I found what I considered to be a perfect collection of monster parts that would end most fights in two hits.
  6. Though an amicable attempt, Monster Lab is plagued by a number of issues. Monster creation falls flat, not feeling truly creative or interesting. Mini-games are excessive and as one would expect, entirely Wii Remote feature-based. Battling is unfulfilling as well because getting into a fight does nothing but net creation parts that are neither unique nor hard to come by.
  7. Nintendo Power
    Maybe a must-own for Tim Burton fans, but definitely a rental for everyone else. [Holiday 2008, p.88]
  8. Because there are not so many new RPGs for the Wii, some of the genre-fans will be fond of Monster Lab! The combination of mini games, combats and the creating of monster-parts are able to fascinate gamers!
  9. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    A great turn-based game for younger players who may get confused and bogged down with more serious RPGs. [Jan 2009, p.100]
  10. Monster Lab is a surprisingly deep game in regards to the creation aspects and battling system.
  11. It might be a jack of all trades and master of none, but that’s better than sucking.

Awards & Rankings

#49 Most Shared Wii Game of 2008
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Feb 20, 2016
    Oh my Jesus this game is HUGELY underrated. A great game with a fantastic character freedom element and great humor. This game should beOh my Jesus this game is HUGELY underrated. A great game with a fantastic character freedom element and great humor. This game should be played much more Full Review »