If I’m being honest, I haven’t personally been all that into the whole deckbuilding roguelike phenomenon of the last few years. The poster child here is Slay the Spire , but there have been countless similar games released on all platforms including mobile, and they all basically offer some form of strategic card-based battling with roguelike dungeon crawler elements baked in. On paper these are all elements that generally tick all my happy boxes, but for whatever reason, while I have enjoyed poking around in these games here and there, I’ve never really been “sucked in” to one like so many others seem to be.
Well, I’m happy to report I’m officially onboard the deckbuilder roguelike train with this week’s mobile release of Shiny Shoe Games and Good Shepherd Entertainment’s Monster Train , and yes, that pun was very intended. Monster Train features all the hallmarks of this particular genre, including dozens of cool cards offering various types of units, special abilities, and effects, as well as a whole host of creepy bad guys to battle with. Well technically, you ARE the bad guys, since you’re fighting to save Hell from a bunch of Heavenly goodie goodies. I love playing as the bad guys.
Monster Train’s big claim to fame is its multi-leveled battlefield which is made up of 4 floors. The top floor contains a pyre which has its own HP and must be protected. Enemies enter from the bottom floor, and if they aren’t destroyed in a round, they’ll move up a floor, eventually gettin