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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. A great turn-based game for younger players who may get confused and bogged down with more serious RPGs. [Jan 2009, p.100]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Monster Lab is a surprisingly deep game in regards to the creation aspects and battling system.
  5. 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!
  6. It might be a jack of all trades and master of none, but that’s better than sucking.
  7. 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.

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