Story: Your evil twin sister has done the unthinkable, torn the head off your beloved teddy bear and absconded with it. But you refuse to have your best friend ripped from your life, so you pledge to retrieve the severed head and make your buddy whole again, no matter what the cost. Of course, your evil twin sister leads an army of monsters, beach balls, snowmen, and horrible puns, so getting your friend’s head back will be no simple task…

Entertainment Value: Monsteria is a top down, twin stick shooter that tasks you to wipe out waves of enemies, collect experience orbs, and take down massive bosses. I mean, like a giant snowman who launches ice cream cones, these are not the kind of bosses you want to cross paths with. The game has good keyboard & mouse controls, using a large circle as a reticule to make sure you’re aiming is on point, so sweep that aiming circle over your enemies and they’ll be gunned down. The levels are somewhat random and boast unique enemies for each landscape, so you won’t always face the same lineups, but you can kind of guess what might be in store. As I said, shooting feels great and moving around is a breeze, so if you do happen to perish in battle, you’ll know the controls aren’t to blame. I do wish there was control support and if it is added at some point, I will update this review. The keyboard & mouse system works well enough, but I prefer controller support for twin stick shooters, just a personal preference. The game has multiple classes, each with unique elements, but you will need to complete runs to gain access to three of them, so hone with your skills with the default class.

As you conquer levels and progress to new ones, in between you are offered a reward for your valiant service. The reward is a choice between a boost to your overall skills or a minion to fight alongside you. You can stack minions too, so in theory you could be out there with a veritable militia of sidekicks. Some of these minions include an invisible T-Rex, a windmill to bounce around, an ant to hunt down enemies, and even a graphical glitch, plus more. As cool as a companion can be, sometimes it can be tough to turn down extra gun speed or other combat boosts, especially in a case where the minion isn’t a consistent damage dealer. But that is part of the fun, as you can tailor your selection to your current run, so the risk/reward of the bonuses is quite fun. Once you are slain however, that’s all she wrote. You go back to the start and with no permanent or persistent upgrades, that can be a rough one. At least you can unlock new classes, if you can overcome the odds. Monsteria can be tough at times, but it is also super fun and can be quite addictive. If you’re a fan of twin stick shooters, this is one you can jump in and have fun in short bursts or extended sessions. I’ve had some real fun with Monsteria, so it earns a solid recommendation.