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About this game
Developer: Gearbox Software
Content Rating: Teen
Could you face yourself and the threats around you to save the ones you love? Shin Mikado Academy is engulfed in a madness-inducing Mist, and only you can save everyone inside. Develop your Ego to break the pacts set by the Pactbearers and remove the corrupting Mist.
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Monark is an ambitious JRPG with innovation at the forefront. It aims to revolutionize the tried and true formula by replacing dungeons with puzzles. In doing that, however, it limits the appeal by targeting a niche audience within an already niche style. Still, there’s excitement here, and I felt a rush of dopamine shoot through my body each time I finished a puzzle.
Overall, Monark is a perfectly functional JRPG with a great combat system, some strong aesthetic designs, and a decent story. It's held back a bit by its school setting and a lack of exposition early, and could have benefited from embracing its darker themes more readily to help establish stakes in the opening chapters. Still, what's here is a fun game with an addictive combat system, and lessons learned in Monark could make the next effort from FURYU Corporation even more appealing.
Monark is not a perfect game, but it's a really solid RPG. The battle system is good, the storyline is interesting once it gets going, and there's some great music, too. Graphically, the game is one of the uglier releases I've come across over the last few years, and I think the game could do a better job explaining elements of its battle system.