Monster Logic Review
Welcome to our Monster Logic review. Monster logic is a hardcore puzzle game that offers an unique and complex set of puzzles for players to solve. These puzzles are accompanied by a beautiful art style that helps you to focus on the task at hand. In this review we look at the strong and weak points of the game to help you decide if you should pick up Monster Logic.
Developer, Blorp Company, has spent four years working on this game. They base this game on esoteric programming languages Befunge and Trefunge. I’ll be honest and say that I am not familiar with these programming languages but gave Monster Logic a shot regardless. I had to do a bit of research to understand what an esoteric programming language is.
An esoteric programming language is a “joke” programming language, not widely used in the industry but by hobbyists to test the possibilities of programming. Some other popular esoteric programming languages you can look at if you are interested are; Shakespeare, l33t and Piet.
What we liked about Monster Logic
The art in this game makes the seemingly impossible puzzles worth solving. We did some digging and found the artist that created the art, Heiva Martin on ArtStation. Here you can see what the game looked like before the artist jumped in to make the magic happen. Every single piece of art has been hand drawn, the game boasts 7 different hand-drawn biomes. There are also 13 different monsters to feast your eyes on (if you get far enough to unlock them that is).
We here at Beards Swords Shotguns love stats that we can use to compare things. In Monster logic, after you complete a level you can see a global leaderboard and even compare the amount of moves it took you to complete the level when compared to the developer. Although most of the time we didn’t keep up with others on the leaderboards, it was reassuring to see that there were other people out there that shared our struggle.
We love a good challenge, and Monster logic does not fall short on providing a hardcore puzzle challenge. The game holds your hand for the first two levels, on level three you are pretty much on your own. I had to whip out a pencil and paper to draw out my strategy on how to complete the third level, but unfortunately at the time of writing I still did not manage to beat the level.
If the basic levels are not enough of a challenge for you, do not despair, you can switch over to the “Dark world” from the main menu. The Dark world is a more advanced set of levels. On the first level of the Dark world you will get to place a new monster, a monster that teleports your other monsters between 7 different floors with a unique biome on every level. This creates a whole new dimension of complexity in Monster Logic. Not being able to finish the third level of the “Light world” or the basic mode, I knew I was not ready for this challenge.
The Sound track
Davie504 would have been proud to hear the soundtrack of this game as it is a groovy baseline. It is surprisingly soothing to hear a droning baseline while you are busy solving the puzzles. My foot was tapping along as my brain sizzled trying to solve the puzzles.
What we didn’t like
With all these beautiful biomes and unique creatures, we would have loved to know why we needed to deliver cans to a bat-like creature. At the start of every round in Monster Logic, your main objective gets outlined in a speech bubble, for example “Deliver every second can, I am on a diet”. While I don’t think a narrative could have been the core mechanic, it would have been nice to get a sense of purpose for solving these hard puzzles.
While we said we love a challenge, we believe that Monster Logic will see a drop off in casual players because of the complexity of the puzzles. If the developer’s target audience for Monster Logic was developers with background knowledge of programming languages or programming hobbyists, he might have been spot on. We would have liked to see more hand holding, even explaining what an esoteric programming language is to at least make it more educational for players. We feel that the learning curve might be too steep for the casual gamer. Those who cannot solve a reasonable amount of puzzles within the first two hours might never return to Monster Logic.
Put your hacker skills to test
While we cannot fault the game on its difficulty, you have to ask yourself the question, how much time are you willing to invest into a game? For us, one of the primary reasons we love puzzle games is because you get to flex your brain while making steady progress towards the next challenge. With Monster Logic we progressed a lot slower than we expected and there wasn’t anything to look forward to in terms of a narrative. Although Monster Logic feels tough and daunting, you cannot deny the fact that the art, sound and challenge was well executed and will provide hours of brain teasing fun for players up for the challenge.
That is why we give Monster Logic a 7/10. Monster Logic has the potential to be satisfying when you can solve all 42 puzzles the game has to offer, while it may seem daunting if you think you need a programming background to solve the puzzles.
We hope this review helps you make a choice, good luck, and let us know how many levels you could solve.