All jokes about the long winded title a side, Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale is a darling little story about kids being kids. As players, the closest thing we get to a game in Friday Monsters is a faux-Magic: The Gathering card game that immediately reveals itself to be Rock, Paper, Scissors.
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The story goes that every Friday afternoon Monsters appear in Fuji no Hana, and as luck with have it, you, a young boy named Sohta, have just moved to town. The mystery of the monsters unravels around Sohta as he explores his new neighbourhood, making friends and exploring the region.
In a lot of ways Attack of the Friday Monsters feels like a close reading of video games. Sohta’s journey starts and ends in his hometown; he never really goes on an adventure--at least not anymore than Miyamoto went out back and found real-life Pikmin in his backyard--but it doesn’t make his tales any less meaningful.
The game is about the wonder of being a kid. It’s a memory of youth, from when you could go to the park and turn sand into a desert. When we were so blissfully ignorant of our parents problems we could chalk their mood up to what side of the bed they got up on.
It’s a story we’ve all heard before. It’s plain, it’s simple, but it’s charming as all hell.
- I didn’t intend to write a review for this, especially after I realized there was only one official trailer to ‘borrow’ footage from. But then it registered: that’s exactly why we need to write a review.
- Spent the whole game thinking about how well The Simpsons and South Park ‘get’ kids.
- I ended up being thankful the card game was ‘just’ Rock, Paper, Scissors -- don’t think I could’ve stomached learning a full-fledged card game for such a short title.