Monsters and Monocles: First Impressions


Monsters and Monocles: First Impressions

Monsters and Monocles is the latest offerings from studio Retro Dreamer. It’s a retro shooter reminiscent of games like “Zombies Ate My Neighbors,” where you are plopped down into a level and must shoot absolutely everything to survive. Monsters and Monocles is another game in the foray of Early Access titles and while some are very weary of picking it up on that basis alone, rest assured the game is a lot of fun to play. The game as of right now doesn’t have much of a story, but from what I can tell, you’re a dapper gentleman trying your best to take down an evil scientist.


The controls are simple; The left stick moves the character and the right stick shoots your weapons in whichever way you direct it. There’s also a dash mechanic to help you dodge enemy fire. Monster and Monocles gameplay is fast and fluid and the game allows up to four players to play on the same screen. With couch co-op seemingly disappearing off the face of the earth, it’s nice to see that some developers are making sure this doesn’t become a lost art. I would highly suggest having three other players with you, because the game is quite challenging and you’ll die a lot. If you lose all of your lives it’s game over and you’ll have to start over from the beginning.


For a game that has a unique theme mixed in with a familiar genre, I’m really hoping to see more variety added to the weapons. You have your usuals such as the spread gun, grenade launcher, and shotguns, but nothing I hadn’t seen before in other games. The game could also use a minimap to give a better idea of your position. Thankfully the game notifies when you have completed the objective and points you to the stairs to get to the next level. I’ve also had trouble with connecting to games online and not seeing anything in the lobby while I was playing.


Monsters and Monocles is still in early access so a lot of the kinks will need to be worked out. As of right now, if you’re looking for a fun quick game to play with your friends, I suggest giving Monsters and Monocles a shot and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys top down shoot-em-up games.


If you would like to learn more about the game and the developer Retro Dreamer, check out my interview on Gamer Weekly (

Review copy provided by Retro Dreamer.

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