Monster Prom is a dating sim about a monster-filled high school in which you have six weeks to boost your stats, make the right choices, get into all sorts of trouble, and impress your chosen love interest in order to snag a date for prom!
You have 3 weeks to get a date for Monster Prom! Go through absurd and funny situations, raise your stats and seduce one of your classmates. Beautiful art, bold, unapologetic dialogue and hard choices make up this Multiplayer (1-4 players) Dating Sim. Be your worst self.
This was kind of an impulse buy for me because I had just gotten some money from my grandparents and was instructed to spend it on something I wanted (rather than saving it as I normally do), and well, if you follow my blog, you know that this is exactly the sort of thing I would impulse buy. And it ended up being fun! So I’m gonna split this review up into parts (so you can just skip to the review if you want) and tell you all about it.
You start by choosing one of four monsters to play as. One is a Frankenstein monster, one is a zombie, one is a djinn, and the last is “the embodiment of fear” (according to the Monster Prom wiki).
After that, you take an absurd (but fun) quiz that determines the stats you start off with. It seems random, but it’s not. For the first two questions, each answer corresponds to a certain stat. For the third question, each answer corresponds to a different love interest, and the answer you choose gives you a boost with them so that they’re the one who shows up when you start interacting in the game. (After playing a few times, it’ll be pretty easy to tell which answer correlates to which thing in the quiz.) It’s not impossible to succeed if you choose wrong, but it helps to choose right.
Speaking of love interests, you have six choices: three guys (a pretentious hipster vampire, a not-too-bright but lovable jock werewolf, a punch-happy pyromaniac demon) and three girls (a spoiled mermaid princess, an alcohol/drug/party-loving ghost, and a business-savvy “mean girl” gorgon).
To play, you go through “weeks” (with the full game, there are six), each of which involves a morning activity, lunch, and an evening activity. Depending on which activity you choose, you gain specific stats (for example, going to class gives you more “smarts” points), but you also get to make choices while interacting which can result in gaining/losing stats and impressing your potential love interest. At lunch, there are no choices that will cause you to lose stats; all you have to worry about is choosing the answer that corresponds to your intended love interest. Everywhere else though, each choice corresponds to a specific stat, and you have to choose the one that you have the higher stat in if you want to succeed. (If you’re not worried about losing stats, then choosing the wrong answers can be fun and lead to hilarious outcomes, like your vampire love interest being followed around by goats.) The goal of the game is to get enough total stats, enough of whichever specific stats your love interest likes, and enough heart points with that love interest by the time prom comes around. (You can find sites that will tell you the requirements, or you can wing it.) If you have the right stats, you get to take them to prom!
There are also things you can buy. Some will boost your stats, others are required for specific special endings.
Once you figure out how the game works, it’s not too hard to succeed in getting the date you want. You just have to build up the right stats and spend time with them to impress them. Of course, the trick is figuring out which stat correspond to which answer.
This game is a lot of fun! It’s very much meant to be humorous and silly, what with it’s stereotypes about both monsters and high schoolers. But it’s absurd and ridiculous enough that it’s entertaining. It also pokes fun at a lot of modern things, like taking food pics for Instagram, and even makes fourth-wall-breaking jokes about the game itself.
Scott: “WHEN I SAY FOOD, YOU SAY PIC! FOOD!”
Scott: “TWO, FOUR, PICS, EIGHT! FOOD DO WE APPRECIATE! FOOD PICS! FOOD PICS! GOOO–”
Liam: “CEASE THIS INCESSANT CHANTING THIS INSTANT!”
But do be warned, this is definitely a mature game with adult jokes. There’s no explicit artwork, but there are mentions of drugs, eating disorders, fad diets, sex, flashing, gun violence, bullying, suicide, and likely more things that I haven’t even encountered.
The challenge aspect of this game is fun. Your choices do impact the outcomes, so you might succeed in wooing the love interest of you choice, you might fail, or you might unlock one of the special endings in which even weirder things happen. At first I enjoyed just trying to guess everything, but eventually I got frustrated at having to start at the beginning and play through another full game every time I made a mistake, not even knowing what I was doing wrong. I ended up finding a site that told me what stats you need for each character and how to unlock the special endings just so I could see the pretty artwork each one gets and enjoy the humor.
The game can feel a bit repetitive after you’ve played through it a few times, but there are sooooo many different scenarios and options and outcomes—depending on which character you’re wooing, what items you’ve purchased, what choices you’ve made, whether you choose the correct or incorrect answers, and how many times you visit the same location in one play-through—so there are A LOT of things to see. And there’s so much creativity in all the different scenarios and options. So all of that keeps things entertaining.
I haven’t tried the multi-player mode, but it has that as well, which I’m sure must be a lot of fun, especially since I’ve heard it makes things competitive, allowing players to sabotage each other or compete for the same love interest.
The only frustrating thing is that you can’t save mid-game. But once you’ve played it a couple times, it only takes half an hour or less to get through the full game (since you can quickly pass over the text you’ve already seen).
It’s also got pretty, crisp, bright artwork, sound effects and music to enhance the experience, and the game flows smoothly as you play.
Last but not least, the characters are so lovable! Even the Interdimensional Prince, who is simultaneously terrible and great. My favorite to play as is Brian (the zombie). He just seems the most chill to me and therefore the most shippable, like he can get along with any of the monsters and be down for any answers I choose, though I do ship him most with Liam (the vampire) :-P It really makes no difference who you play as though. As for the love interests, Scott (the werewolf) is an adorable sweetheart. I also kinda like Damien (the demon) and his destructive tendencies (when I wooed him, I was basically an accomplice to setting the school on fire three times and numerous murders and other crimes, but I got a date! We even went on a romantic bank-robbing heist together at one point!). Polly’s fun to woo too because you get to choose lots of crazy party answers. But it’s Liam (the vampire) who’s my favorite; he says the most pretentious and hilarious things and is ADORABLE when he blushes.
Blushing Liam pretending not to like things he actually likes is my favorite Liam. 😚
Look at his adorable little face!
— Kristen Burns (Metaphors and Moonlight) (@whykristenburns) June 16, 2018
Overall, this game has beautiful artwork, lots of ridiculous humor, a nice challenge aspect, oddly lovable characters, and I’ve had a lot of fun with it so far!
Update 3 Months Later: I’ve continued to play this game since writing this review, and it’s only grown on me more and more. I’ve had so much fun seeing all the different endings and as many outcomes from the different options throughout the game as possible! I have definitely gotten my money’s worth and absolutely recommend this to anyone who likes all the things I mentioned above!