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Monster Chase

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Monster Chase is a cooperative game. This means that, instead of competing against each other, the players must unite their forces to beat the monsters. The players win or lose together.

The goal of the game is to use your toys to scare all of the monsters back into the closet! Since all of the monsters are only scared of one toy, you will have to choose your toys carefully. If you don’t find the right toy, after 3 tries, you will have to add another monster around the bed. You win if you send all of the monsters to the closet. However… the Monsters win as soon as there are 4 monsters around the bed.

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Reviewed My First Game
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17 of 19 gamers found this helpful
“Co-op + Memory + Kids = Help the old remember!”

Introduction

When I first started collecting games for my daughter, now 4, I noticed that there were quite a number of memory games for kids. I don’t know whether it’s because there aren’t many mechanics suitable for kids or designers are too lazy to think of one. I suspect its a combination of both. Anyway before I know it, I owned a few. Ramasee’s Return (LEGO game by the good Dr K), Enuk (Tile flipping game with an Eskimo theme), Magic Labrinyth (An interesting game with great components). Soon, I began to realise a terrible truth. My daughter, like her father, did not like memory games!

So why did I get this game then? One word: Co-op. To clarify, one other thing I discover about my daughter was that although she likes to win, she does not seem to enjoy it as much if it comes at the expense of her miserable looking father. In a pure co-op game players defeats the game instead of other players.

Gameplay

The basic premise of the game is to attempt to match the picture on a tile with that on a card. The tiles represent toys which there are 10 of. The cards are basically monsters and the idea is that each monster has a specific toy that it is afraid of. There are 20 monster cards provided but not all have to be used at once. The number of cards use basically determines the length of the game. There are also three cards that act as a timer to indicate if a new monster will appear. The game starts with one monster but each time a non matching tile is turned over, the timer advances one step. Three times, a new monster will appear. Anytime there are 4 monsters, players lose.

Players win by sending all the monsters back to the “closet” and they do that by opening the tile that has the matching toy. The tiles stay with the picture side down throughout the whole game, which means in the beginning it is pure luck whether you get the “right” tile. As tiles are being turned over, players should then attempt to remember the their position so they can get the right toy for any new monster that appears and this is where the co-op aspect comes in.

Setup

Setup is really simple. Place tiles facedown, mix it up. Shuffle the monster cards and make a deck based on the length of the game, 10: Short, 15: Medium, 20: Long. Put the closet card somewhere near the monster deck.

Components

The components are really good in my opinion considering the price. The tiles are thick and glossy. The cards are on the thin side but laminated so I think they should last. However my favourite thing about the components is the art, especially the toy art on the tiles. I think it is really beautiful with the appropriate child-like innocent. The art on the cards (the monsters) are good although I personally find them a bit goofy for my taste.

Final Thoughts

If I were to rate this game purely on gameplay, I would probably give it a 7 instead of a 9. This is not because its a kid’s game, it is because there are some issues here I feel limits its scope and replayable. I guess I would classify the problem as one of diminishing returns. As I played the game it was apparent that once you reach a certain point, even my daughter was able most of the positions of the tiles. For that reason we would only play a short game as by the if the players have not been defeated by the 8thish monster, they are more or less assured of victory.

Having said the above, I have to point out I really like this game. The nice art, combined with fast quick gameplay of a co-op nature, makes it something my daughter and I really enjoy together. All this despite the fact that both of us do not generally enjoy memory games. If you have a child below 5 and enjoys playing games TOGETHER, its a no brainer.

 
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24 of 30 gamers found this helpful
“Great for young kids, and not bad for parents”

Monster Chase is a fun, short game children will love to play because it is easy to learn, has colorful fun art work and is short. In monster chase 2-5 players will try to send monsters into the closet from underneath their bed. To do so you look at the monster cards you flip over from the main bed pile and try to find the toy listed on the card. The toys are on tiles which are basically tiles from a memory game. Their are also 2 special tiles to make things more complicated, a sock which doesn’t scare any monsters away and a monster tile which immediately adds a new monster. If you flip a wrong tile 3 times you add another monster, if more than 4 monsters appear everyone loses. I really enjoyed this game and the children i played with LOVED it, they loved the artwork, they loved yelling at the monsters to go to the closet, and they enjoyed the fact that the game is tough! We played 6 games and won once *Children were ages 3-5*. Another thing i liked about the game was that is co-operative so everyone is encouraged to help remember where certain toys were. A few nitpicks on the game, i was disappointed i saw some monsters repeated. I don’t think it would have been to hard to create enough monsters to fit all 20 of the cards included. Also the cards are a little thin which isn’t good especially for a game your only going to play with children. Lastly, the instructions are terrible. Some cards are left unexplained and it’s very frustrating when you cant figure out how to play a game designed for 5 year olds, because the instructions stink. Nitpicks aside this is a great game for young children that adults will enjoy playing. At the 15 dollar price tag you cant go wrong with Monster Chase

 
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6 of 14 gamers found this helpful
“Kids Get Excited ”

This game is great for Replay with my daughter. She is six and loves to take a role of the ‘game master’ which really means she keeps track of the cards that get turned over and when they need to be pulled off the deck. It’s an easy to learn game that kids can pick up and master quick.

I had a lot of fun with my children playing it. I suppose it can be played by adults as well, I just have never really pulled it out to play without my children.

There are quick ways you can change the game play for slight variations and it’s something that promotes memory and thought in a game for children.

 

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