Just like the game Soccer Brawl, the King of Monsters was used in many of the challenges on a TV program in the UK called "Games World". Also like Soccer Brawl, it was a game that I really wanted to play after seeing it on G.W. but never actually got the chance until Neo Geo emulation happened. This game is quite obviously inspired by the Godzilla movies, with huge monsters battling against each other through a series of Japanese cities. One of the reasons I liked the look of it is because I love all of the Godzilla films (even if it is just a couple of people running around in rubber suits :-)
I have to say that this game simply isn't all that much fun for very long in single player mode. It is OK, it's just that there isn't all that much skill involved, and all you have to do to win is just keep hammering your buttons and hope for the best. You have two attack buttons (A+B) and one button, which is used to run (C). You can also jump by pressing the two attack buttons together. KOTM actually plays a little bit like a wrestling game and many of the moves are standard wrestling style throws (to win, you also have to pin opponents for 3 seconds, like in wrestling). To execute a move you simply have to press one of the attack buttons, or sometimes one of your attack buttons combined with a direction button (see the FAQ below), when you are close to your opponent. If you are lucky you will pick up your opponent and perform the move on them. However, I find that most of the time the CPU will always beat you and throw you instead.
You can utilise a couple of other attacks though. First off, if you jump into the air at the right time, you can pluck a passing plane out of the air and then throw it at your opponent to cause some damage. Another way is to hold the A+B buttons together, which will make you charge up your monsters special attack. Sometimes this move can be used over and over again to win, but most of the time the CPU just jumps over it because it is so slow.
After saying all that, there is one area of the game where it can be great fun and that is in two-player mode. Because you don't have to fight a CPU that cheats to win, it can be much more fun, even if it is a bit limited. Like I mentioned I think that the Godzilla-esque setting is very cool!
The first thing that I noticed when I loaded this game up was that although it looked pretty cool a few years back, it seems pretty damn dated now. The graphics are quite detailed (most of the buildings can be destroyed and there are vehicles flying/driving about that can be stomped on or picked up and thrown), but the animation on the combatants themselves is not very good. There are a few different Japanese cities to fight in though, and all of them look different too. Not that it makes all that much difference to the game play itself...
Sound & Music:
The sound in King of the Monsters is not too bad, it does have some decent sound effects although on the whole, the music is very dated. It does somehow manage to go well with the game though, but it is very far from being one of the top Neo Geo soundtracks.
This is an old, but good fun game provided you play it in two-player and not single player mode against the CPU. You can actually play a two-player game where you and a friend fight against 2 CPU opponents. This mode is quite good fun too, but once again, the computer does cheat a lot of the time which makes the game extremely hard.
Recommended for monster fans!
Game play: 6.5/10
Replay Value: 5/10
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