Published and developed by Bandai Co., Ltd., this video game was released in 1989. The game is a side scrolling adventure, very much like the Mario brothers in play, only full of monsters and skulls.
The player takes on the role of Mark, a young boy with a baseball bat. You are on the way home from a baseball game, when you come across a monster named Bert. Bert needs you to help and saving his planet from the cruel monsters. You have to learn how to blend with Bert and turn into a monster fighting gargoyle. Most of the game you will spend attacking bad guys swinging the bat at them or volleying their fire.
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Fighting a vast array of monsters is made more difficult than ever when rewards turn into demons and nightmares into reality! Help the metamorphosed Mark battle the demons!
It's amazing what can happen on a nice, peaceful, evening walk. Depending on your luck, you could get bitten by a dog, or you could find a $50 bill. Or, if you happen to be a small boy named Mark on his way home from a baseball game, you could meet a dragon who's searching for a hero to save his desperate planet. If you yearn for a classic (and funny) confrontation between good and evil on a strange new world, grab a baseball bat and take a swing at Monster Party.
A baseball bat? That's right. On the Dark World, your best weapon may be a well-rosined Louisville Slugger. Many of the creatures you meet will fire various energy blasts at you, but you can return them with a well-timed swing.
Of course, some creatures are a bit harder to defeat. Fortunately, on the Dark World, there are strange blue pills that will meld you with your dragon friend, Bert. As Bert, you can fly and shoot laser blasts from your fingertips.
Monster Party's sense of humor sets it apart from other quest games. Many of the creatures you face will make you smile, or even laugh out loud. For example, how can anyone keep a straight face while battling giant fried shrimp, or man-eating sharks with huge fins and minuscule bodies? There's even a plant that will evoke memories of the voracious Audrey from the movie Little Shop of Horrors.
As you progress, you'll learn that certain creatures have bonus items, while others don't and are best avoided. Perhaps the key to playing Monster Party is to know when to be Mark, and when to be Bert. You'll also have to know where to find the blue pills when you want to be Bert. And you must decide the order in which to fight certain creatures (or whether to fight them at all). The password feature makes it easy to repeat a stage so you can figure out the best way to proceed.
Monster Party provides just enough thrills to keep things moving along from one outlandish creature to the next. Just keep laughing, and keep swinging that bat!