99% positive steam reviews Opinion: This co-op game is my highlight of the year so far

Steam reviews don’t lie. Okay, sometimes it is when review bombing happens again. Basically, however, they are an excellent indicator of whether a game just looks pretty or whether the content lives up to what the packaging promises. In our day-to-day editorial work, too, we often look at the first reviews when it comes to an unknown title that has already been published.

Marilyn Marx

Mary is currently a bit tired of huge open worlds and big blockbuster titles and most of the time she plays some indie gems that she then has to enthusiastically tell everyone about. She loves games with hilarious humor, self-deprecation, and well-written characters. All these three qualities can also be found in today’s insider tip.

That’s why I’m surprised that none of my colleagues have noticed this co-op secret tip, which has been through the Steam review blanket since its release on October 21st. 99 percent positive Steam reviews with almost 1,000 assessments submitted. Sure, that can’t be compared with the 65,000 ratings of a Call of Duty, but for a very special indie game the number is impressive.

Special indie game? And how! Before I reveal the title to you, so that your curiosity is finally satisfied, let me briefly prove to you why it is so special with the help of the Steam Reviews:

Convinced a guy to leave his cult to save his marriage and then joined that same cult myself. 10/10 game of the year

I’ve become the greatest cat wizard. My girlfriend fell in love with a lamppost. Life is Beautiful. 11/10

I romped around with horse girls and died of exhaustion right after. The historians of the future decided I was an unloved creature, yet they knew nothing of my famous whinnying and the pastures I gallantly roamed. They didn’t know about the winds that danced through my shiny mane as my road trip reached its horsey end. Maybe I was unloved, but at least I was free. 10/10

Choose your own adventure

Now that I’ve hopefully fixed something for you, I’ll also tell you the title: My highlight of the year so far is called Monster Road Trip and combines resource management with fantastic dialogues, great drawings and yes, even a little dating sim. Contrary to the two predecessors Monster Prom and Monster Camp, the dating aspect is very small this time and the focus is on the adventure part. So before you say this game isn’t for you, listen to me a little longer.

Do you still remember them? Choose Your Own Adventure-Books in which you always had to decide how your story should continue? For each turn you took, you lost or gained points for different stats. This is exactly how the basic principle of Monster Roadtrip works.

The best thing to do is watch the trailer:

1:58 Monster Roadtrip: Trailer shows who and what awaits you in the crazy adventure

You click through a series of dialogues and have to decide again and again which stops to make, what to do there and how to react to the different scenarios. Of course, you can go with your gut feeling and choose the most absurd or funniest option, but you shouldn’t lose sight of your status values ​​entirely. Because: If one of these values ​​lands on zero, it’s game over and you can start over.

Not losing your soul or all your money on the road trip is not that easy, because it is not always clear which stats you increase or decrease. You often have to use your answer options to guess what value is hidden behind them. And if that’s not enough, you also have to increase a value to 25 points in order to reach the end of your road trip.

You get +2 to Magic because the hole is soothed by the knowledge that weird tourists are up to something. But you lose -2 to your soul for throwing in such incriminating evidence.

At the individual stops you can decide what you want to do. Sometimes you are already shown which values ​​you improve or worsen and how the points are distributed. The yellow sign with the two arrows stands for an even exchange of positive and negative values. The blue shield with the white arrows pointing up means you can decide what your profit and loss will be. You don’t know whether you win or lose more.

Each run unlocks new endings. Each terminus has multiple ends. Depending on what you do along the way.

If you reach 25 points in one of your stats and survive until the end of the week, you will reach your goal and thus one of the endings in the game.

Depending on the decisions you make and whether you find the love of your street life on the way to your destination or pick up at a rest stop, you will experience one of the 38 endings, all of which are sometimes more, sometimes less crazy.

Not without my passenger

Crazy are not only the characters themselves, but really every single line of dialogue that you will read in the game. Monster Roadtrip, just like its intellectual predecessors, manages to keep up the mix of absurd ideas and clever jokes and ups the ante with plenty of real-life parodies that are almost too close to reality at times.

“Creates a complex economy based on microtransactions. That’s the hot shit in mobile games right now, so players have to love it, right?”

This is one of the reasons why not only I, but also the entire Steam review community is so excited. Another is the co-op system, which has also been expanded compared to its predecessors. If you don’t feel like going solo, you can start with up to three other friends. You have all the freedoms in the world. You can get together online or locally, decide if you want to share a controller and if you prefer to play cooperatively or against each other and how difficult it can be.

For example, in Friend Hugger mode, no one is crowned best player or gets a bad ending, while in Prank Master mode, additional tasks are assigned to be completed. The three different levels of difficulty also help with fine tuning.

With the current high gas prices, we switched to magic. Unfortunately, we ran out of that too.

The best part about teaming up with friends isn’t deciding whether to play against each other or together, but being able to experience a wealth of journeys and stories together at the same time and discuss choices. Which status value is behind the decision? Would you rather set a goose loose on the police or pretend to be an undercover cop to avoid punishment? The exciting thing about multiplayer is not the gameplay itself, but what you make of it.

The perfect co-op game – not just for fans of the series

Unlike its predecessors, Monster Roadtrip takes a completely different approach. Away from the dating sim focus, towards more resource management and sometimes really crisp games that are much more fun together with friends. Due to the simple controls and the easy to understand, difficult to master-Effect you can also get friends or family in front of the screen here, who otherwise have little to do with video games.

Thanks to the broader adventure approach, the series is now finally open to everyone who hasn’t been able to do anything with the love affairs between monsters, but at the same time like wacky and humorous stories and appreciate good dialogue.

“Fantastic, we were passing the time with some preliminary banter before our next assassination attempt and we realized we still have a free machine gun. Would you like to join us?”

Here the black widow complains that her husband only has time for his cult. We want to solve this problem.

We are offered the opportunity to go on dates with our fellow passengers in intimate conversations. The more we talk to them, the more chance there is of a romantic ending.

The authors managed to get almost every joke and every single line of text right. They cleverly pick up current topics like the Metaverse or current games journalism and parody almost every pop culture development that you can think of. At the same time, you grow fond of the individual characters. In my opinion, not many games can do that, which is why it is an absolute highlight of the year for me.

In the Steam reviews, many have lost their hearts to the Mossman. You’ll have to find out why for yourself.

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