Monster Mash for Monster Games

They did the mash, they did the monster mash
The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash
They did the mash, it caught on in a flash
They did the mash, they did the monster mash

(Monster Mash, Bobby Pickett)

They come in all shapes and sizes. Some might creep up on you in the middle of the night; others will attack you in broad daylight. Most will be terrifying, dangerous, and will quickly eliminate you. Only a few will be cute and loyal, but strong nonetheless. Can you guess which ones we’re referring to? Bobby Pickett goes on to describe them in Monster Mash. Vampires, ghouls, zombies, and other creatures of the night are mentioned in his Halloween cult song. Since they can come in all shapes and forms, monsters can appear in all types of video game genres. Monster games are probably as diverse as the creatures that star in them!

Monster Games to Scare You at Night

If there’s one thing we have learned in Pixar’s Monsters Inc., it’s that these diverse creatures’ job is to scare the bejesus out of us. If you’re searching for that scare in monster games, you should probably choose survival horror games. Be aware of jump scares, though, as these are very likely to happen in this type of monsters games. You are more likely to forego these horrific scares in MMORPGs and adventure games, which are not only chock-full of classic creatures of the night, but also more unique beasts. Take the EverQuest franchise as an example. In this roleplaying monster game you will find the following creatures and many more:

  • Dragons
  • Goblins
  • Skeletons
  • Ghosts, mummies, and ghouls
  • Giants
  • Huge spiders and other critters

Sure, RPGs are not always pure monster games. While they do put a pretty big focus on these supernatural beings, they would not necessarily be considered pure monster games. If you’re looking for that, you might be interested in reading the next paragraph.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

Admittedly, these types of monster games are not as scary as the ones mentioned above. Here, the diverse beings are usually unique inventions and not based on folklore. Particularly Pokémon and Digimon have made these types of monster games very popular. Here, you catch, train, and fight with your creatures which are as diverse as can be! Some are big dragons, others are small fur-balls.

You might associate these franchises with consoles and handhelds, but believe us that there are also monster games online based on the Pokémon and Digimon franchise. If you care to play on your mobile device, you will be even luckier to find similar monster games. A good alternative are also dragon games in which you hatch, breed, train, and fight a plethora of dragons.

The beauty of monster games is that they pretty much speak to anyone’s taste. Casual gamers will find delight in fun games that will let you tend to your creatures and care for them. Tactical thinkers might want to take a look at some trading card games which are likely to feature fantastical beings. MOBAs are great for MMO fans to choose a monster of their liking and battle it out against other players in heated arena duels.

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