King of the Monsters

Download King of the Monsters and unleash your inner kaiju! Battle colossal foes, wreak havoc on cities, and become the ultimate monster in this action-packed brawler. Will you claim the title of King? Play now!
a game by SNK
Genres: Action, Fighting Games
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 5.5/10, based on 6 reviews
User Rating: 7.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Monsters Games, Kaiju Games, Godzilla Games, King of the Monsters Games

Grrr... Here's a monstrously the SNES that promises a beastly time. King of the Monsters is an interesting beat-em-up game with a mutant twist.

Street Fighters, Too

Prepare for destruction on a grandiose scale as you take off on an eight level rampage through four of Japan's biggest cities -- Okayama, Osaka, Kyoto, and of course, Tokyo (the capital of creature movies). Impossible? NOT... that is, not if you're a gigantic Supercreature.


  • Score extra damage against your opponents by slamming them into the high voltage wire that cages them inside the cities.
  • Wait until the other monster's life gauge reads zero, and then pin him down.

You wreak havoc in King of the Monsters as any one of four equally-matched, gigantic Supercreatures. As a monstrous mutant, challenge the computer or go head-to-head against one of your friends in the two-player mode. You can even choose the same monster for mirror-image, head-to-head bashing.

King Pin

The rules of this beastly wrestling match are simple -- pin your opponent for three counts and you'll be King of the Monsters. If neither monster pins the other and time runs out, both monsters lose.

Creature's Features

Although the Supercreatures all have similar moves and powers with slight variations on some special maneuvers, the only real difference between them is the way the moves are animated. Too bad there weren't more strengths and weaknesses.

Mediocre control means your Supercreature doesn't always do what you want. Each monster can run, jump, kick, punch, charge, and pull off a combination of holds and throws. Each also has a special weapon that they can beam at their opponents and a unique charge move. Unfortunately, although these moves look different, they do similar damage. Collect power-up points to increase the strength of your creature's special attacks and their special weapon. Power-up points appear when you slam a monstrous opponent to the ground.

  • The special weapon beam takes a few seconds to generate. Use it only while your opponent is down.
  • Use the charge move as your opponent gets up.

Tanks a Lot

The Supercreatures can also snag passing military vehicles and use them as weapons. Crush tanks and battleships before you pick them up. Jump and grab planes and helicopters out of the sky.

  • Although these military weapons come in handy, their main purpose is to protect the city from you! So, be careful! Their bullets will damage your life gauge.
  • After they bounce off the high voltage line a first time, use your monster's charge move to slam the opposing monster; one more time.

The End

Although it's a howling good time, King of the Monsters for the SNES is not as good as the NeoGeo and arcade versions of the game. The screen is cluttered with graphic details, and the animation is pretty average. However, the sound does a good job of mimicking a typical Godzilla vs. Ghidra film. Adding up all the pros and cons, the fiery action, cool moves, and icy-hot fun (especially in the two-player monster-mashing mode) still make for a royal good time. King of the Monsters will bring out the savage beast in every gamer.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Game Reviews

  • Takara of Japan / Super Famicom

Neo-Geo owners have been playing King of the Monsters for quite some time. Now, Takara of Japan is working on a near perfect translation for the Super Famicom!

Choose from six powerful monsters ranging from a giant beetle to a stone beast! As you wrestle, you knock down buildings, blow up houses and even pick up tanks and cars to use as weapons! As you perform beastly wrestling moves, you can collect power-up capsules that give you the ability to become two and even three times stronger than ever before! Two monsters can battle it out one-on-one, or you can have the two players' battle against two computer controlled beasts! Just try not to cross the boundaries, or you will have a shocking surprise!

The monsters have invaded, and it's too late to escape! You thought it was all over, but the world is about to find out who is the real King of the Monsters. Like it's predecessor, it's guaranteed to be this summer's blockbuster. 2 player simultaneous action.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Available: 4th qtr. 1992
  • No. of Levels: 12
  • Theme: Fighting

Chaos in the city!

Are you going to be the king? Find out with Takara's King of the Monsters. Take to the city streets with one of four different monsters and battle the computer in a fight to the end. You can also grab a friend and challenge him in the two player versus mode! In the one player mode, there are twelve levels consisting of three cities with four monsters in each city. There are eight cities to choose from in the two player mode. In addition to having four characters available, there are also many special moves for each character. Prepare for a monstrous battle!

They're cruel and vicious - each wanting to destroy the other. Takara now brings you the 16bit excitement of KING OF THE MONSTERS for the Sega Genesis. Each Monster's goal is to attack and smash all in his path. But who is the mightiest Super Monster of all? Only through battle will this be known, as Cities are smashed and Mankind quakes with fear.

Become one of four Super Monsters, and battle amidst eight stages in four Battle Cities. Challenge Astro Guy, Geon, Rocky or Beetle Mania to combat - using multiple fighting techniques and special powers. Stomp and smash buildings, reduce parks and roads to rubble. You'll also have to avoid the human's military might, and smash their tanks, planes and futuristic weapons with flaming breath and bare claws. Defeat all your opponents to be crowned the greatest Super Monster of them all!

Awesome graphics, hard hitting animation and so-real sound effects combine as you take on the Planet in this game of fun and non-stop action.

Sometime in the future, the world devolves into a place where monsters rule supreme. After years of wreaking having on Earth, these so-called Super Monsters ask the existential question, "Which among us is the most powerful?" After years of fighting, four rise to prominence.

They are the superhero Astro Guy, whose Power Weapon is a Flash Wave; Godzilla-like Geon, who is deadly with a Flame Crusher; stone-faced Rockey, who crushes opponents with his Rockey Bomber; and slimy mutant Beetlemania, who attacks his foes with a Beetle Missile. To play this game, you choose one of these four monsters, using him to fight the rest of the monsters one at a time.

In the two-player mode, you and a friend each choose a monster and fight each other. The two of you can also choose a favorite level: Megaport, Castle City, Dragon City, or Tokyo. Each level consists of two stages. While fighting a monster, you should be on the lookout for tanks, jets, battleships, and laser vehicles that will attack you from all sides. To defeat your opponent, you must weaken him and pin him down for a count of three.

Defeat the other monsters to become King Of The Monsters.

King of the Monsters features:

  • Features four monsters
  • Eight stages
  • Special attacks
  • Unique weapons
  • Support for two players

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    Andy said on Forum:

    This game is a beat 'um' up rip off of Rampage, Which i think was a far better game!, Can someone upload Rampage please ive been looking but no luck so far!...