Based in Langen, Germany
December 8th, 2020
Monster Sanctuary is a monster-taming RPG with party-based combat and metroidvania-like exploration. New monsters provide additional strategic options in combat and allow you to overcome obstacles to explore new areas and find hidden treasures. The turn-based combat focuses on team synergy and combos, distinguishing Monster Sanctuary from other popular monster collecting games.
As the youngest heir of an ancient bloodline of proud Monster Keepers, you step out into the world to follow in your ancestors' footsteps. You will gather a party of monsters to grow and train. Meanwhile, a series of unsettling events worries the experienced Keepers of the Monster Sanctuary. This is the beginning of a journey to unravel the cause of a mystery that threatens the peace between humans and monsters.
Monster Sanctuary started off as a free time project in 2015 and launched into full time development in 2018. It entered Steam Early Access in August 2019. Its full release on PC, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Game Pass was in December 2020. Since release the game has received multiple free updates in 2021 adding new features, content and balancing changes with the latest update being 1.2, or Legendary Keeper update, in summer 2021. In September 2021 moi rai games announced a highly anticipated DLC for Monster Sanctuary. It will feature a new area, new Monsters, content and new interesting features. The Forgotten World DLC will be available in Q2/Q3 2023 for free.
- Strategical turn based combat
- Every Monster has a unique skill tree. This lets you individualize your Monster to pursue different strategies
- Feeding and equipping your Monsters to improve their stats further emphasizes this aspect
- A combo system that gives additional depth to the combat
- Combat ratings that reward efficient combat completion
- Using Monster abilities to unlock new areas
- Atmospheric story, art and Monster lore
- Player Customization
- Online PvP with Matchmaking + seasonal Leaderboard
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Launch Trailer YouTube
Legendary Keeper Update Trailer YouTube
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Review by GameGrin
"This game is so in depth and has so much going on for it, it’s a game you have to check out, especially if you are a fan of Pokémon, platformers or love old school RPGs. Or if you have always wanted to see what a mix of the three would look like, this is it" gamegrin.com.
Review by TheGamer
"Monster Sanctuary is a Pokémon game smashed together with pixel-art, JRPGs, and Metroidvanias. If that's not a recipe for an indie game hit, then I don't know what is." thegamer.com.
Review by The Digital Fix
"While clearly inspired by other similar titles, Monster Sanctuary takes that inspiration and runs with it, carving out its own spot in the gaming world." thedigitalfix.com.
About moi rai
moi rai is a small indie game developer startup from Germany led by Denis Sinner, a veteran game developer having worked on the Might and Magic and Tropico franchises.
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Monster Sanctuary Credits
Programmer, Designer, Pixel Artist, Composer