Get a taste of indie JRPG Meg’s Monster with the newly released Steam demo

Japanese game developer Odencat has released a demo for Meg’s Monster on Steam. It was also announced that the release date for the game has been delayed from October to Q1 2023. The game was originally planned to be released on the Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam) but is being delayed so that it can be brought to additional platforms. These new platforms have yet to be announced.

Meg’s Monster is an adventure RPG that tells the story of a young girl named Meg who has become lost in the underworld. Meg possesses a mysterious power: if she cries, the world will be destroyed. The protagonist, an ogre named Roy, and his best friend Golan learn of Meg’s power and search for a way to bring her back to the human world, all the while doing their best to keep her from crying. On their journey, they travel to different locations in the underworld, encounter various monsters, and witness a number of events. 

The underworld is home to all kinds of monster inhabitants, some of whom desire nothing more than to eat humans, so Roy and his party must sometimes do battle against them. Roy has a huge body and a max HP value of 99,999, meaning that enemy attacks don’t even faze him. It’s an almost trivial task to stand in front of Meg and protect her.

However, the issue lies with Meg’s mood. She is a young girl with a fickle nature and can quickly become upset. If the fighting taking place before her eyes frightens her and makes her cry, then the whole world will come to an end. Rather than worrying about HP, players must instead manage Meg’s mood. Roy must make use of different toys that have been discarded from the human world to comfort Meg while also dishing out punishment to his enemies.  

I (the original writer of this article) have already tried the demo for myself. The battle screen uses a very familiar style, which makes the concept of using a monster to protect a girl stick out even more. You know that there’s no fear of dying thanks to Roy’s massive amount of health, but attacks still whittle away his health bar bit by bit. This is likely to properly convey the feeling of Roy putting his life on the line to protect Meg.

The enemy characters all have rather unique designs, and the pixel graphic style creates the feeling of a picture book while also breathing life into the character expressions. The demo is a great way to get a taste of the game’s atmosphere and style.

Odencat previously developed the games Bear’s Restaurant and Fishing Paradiso, both of which received high acclaim from players. The developer has described Meg’s Monster as its “biggest game yet.”

The official site for Meg’s Monster can be found here.

Written by. Marco Farinaccia based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2022-09-30 11:08 JST)