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Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

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  • Summary: Monolith is a top down action shooter with procedurally generated elements. Explore a large, abandoned facility in search of incredible power, fighting dangerous foes and gaining new weapons and upgrades as you progress.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jun 14, 2017
    90
    Monolith is clearly a game with a lot of heart and it shines through with every moment.
  2. Jun 7, 2017
    90
    It might not be as graphically impressive as many other recent roguelikes (although the screenshots and trailer don't do the game justice as it certainly runs at a buttery smooth framerate certainly 60fps or above), but for me, the gameplay loop makes Monolith one of the most addictive roguelikes I've played.
  3. Jul 7, 2017
    80
    Monolith succeeds in being an accessible yet challenging entry to the rogue-lite genre. Whilst fulfilling all the generic expectations, it remains the right side of punishing and always manages to be fun to play. It is more tightly focused than the likes of Binding of Isaac and Enter the Gungeon which makes it the perfect entry-level choice, and as much as I enjoy those games, I now have a score to settle with that Daemon. This time, it’ll be different. I hope.
  4. Nov 2, 2017
    80
    In a year packed to the brim with sprawling AAA blockbusters, the nearly claustrophobic hybrid that is Monolith still manages to leave a mark. It’s not revolutionary, but it deftly merges two genres that have largely been left separate. Most of all, it takes a lean but rock-solid framework and bolts just enough onto it to meet its goals. It accomplishes every one of them with ease, and it never attempts to do something it can’t excel at. It’s an example that more games should strive for.
  5. Jul 26, 2017
    70
    Scoring any lower would be a bit far for what the game offers and does. It’s like baked beans on toasts: nice and filling, but you wouldn’t call it a proper meal. If you’re into your Rogue type games, looking for something short, snappy and quick. This is a game for you. Personally, this just isn’t my cup of tea with what it does.
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  1. Jun 26, 2017
    9
    That's a real GEM. It's a mix between shoot'em up and roguelike, with cool retro visuals, great chip tunes and a truly well balancedThat's a real GEM. It's a mix between shoot'em up and roguelike, with cool retro visuals, great chip tunes and a truly well balanced difficulty. You'll learn from enemies...and from your errors. It's simply a pleasure to play: MONOLITH for sure deserves more attention from both the players and the critics. A must-buy for action lovers. Expand
  2. Jul 23, 2018
    8
    Since I'm not into bullet hells, I didn't like like this game when I first played it. But I kept playing just for the sake of completion andSince I'm not into bullet hells, I didn't like like this game when I first played it. But I kept playing just for the sake of completion and suddenly I'm addicted. This is the only game that I care about playing in hard mode, it is more like a progression than just a difficulty setting (without giving any spoiler, the game kinda changes).

    My only complaint is that the upgrades are kinda broken, some of them are completely useless and a run can be determined by the first couple of upgrades that are available to you, if you start with the item drop one and the replace weapons you have a huge advantage, and they are useless in the later stages; the opposite happens with the second will, creating powerful weapons and 1/3 HP increase, where they are stronger later in the game.

    Kudos on the toggle on the weapons purchase, most of the ones I found useless (Sword, Drill, Thunderhead, Pulsar... maybe the reason is my play style?). Some other rogue lites (like deadcells) I refrain for purchasing new weapons since the more weapons you get the lower the chance you find the ones you like.
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