Consider yourself an armchair explorer? By which I mean someone who explores the word from his armchair, not a fellow who explores armchairs? Then Here Be Monsters may be here for you, as the massively multiplayer adventure allows you to travel the globe to discover the monsters, legends, cuisine and geography of different cultures.
And to think back in school they taught us stuff like chief exports. There were monsters to discover, Teach!
In Here Be Monsters, players travel the globe to trap over 100 mythical monsters drawn from the legends of different cultures. There’s an evil dragon, there are locals who need help with stuff…”Pokeman and Google Maps collide” is how the press release read, and it seems appropriate.
As they travel the world, players discover hundreds of local resources from different countries which they can use to build ingenious traps and baits. Thousands of in game items have been painstakingly researched and hand illustrated. Exotic items such as fruit trees, wildflowers, fish, gems and butterflies are all correctly located in the regions they originate from. Players build ever more elaborate traps to capture the local monsters, while the baits required for each monster are influenced by both legend and local cuisine.
Players also create, manage and upgrade a Homestead which they can place anywhere in the world. This forms their base of operations and here they’ll farm other resources and optimize their crafting production lines. It’s also a great place to show off souvenirs from their travels around the world.
New quests are developed episodically, with hundreds available at worldwide launch and the team continuing to release new content every month. The first season is based in London and Europe, with the action then moving to Nanjing for season two. A further 4 seasons based on other continents around the world will follow.
Here Be Monsters is available now for iPad in the App Store. It’s free, but you know what that means, right?