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The huge Monster Tower stands near the village Monsbaiya. It is populated by vicious monsters, and few dare enter it. But the monsters in the tower lay eggs, and whoever takes possession of such an egg, can tame a monster which will come out of it, and those monsters, called "familiars", will help their tamers in times of danger. Some brave adventurers dared to enter the tower and to take the eggs. One of them was called Guy. He was killed in the monster tower. Now his son Koh is fifteen, and he is allowed to try his luck in the tower.

The player controls Koh and his party of "familiars" in this dungeon crawling/monster taming RPG. Each level of the tower is randomly generated when entered, including the layout, items, and traps within it, although the enemy monsters that appear are based on the current level number. Movement and combat in the game is turn-based; first Koh moves, then allied familiars, then enemy monsters, but outside of combat enemy turns happen instantly. Because Koh's level is reset to 1 every time he enters the tower he has to depend on equipment, a sword and a buckler, and familiars. A familiar's MP will slowly deplete as it follows Koh, however, and they must be periodically fed with appropriate food or they will become unresponsive. As in most Mysterious Dungeon type games Koh will lose all items, even carefully upgraded equipment, if he is defeated in the tower, so fleeing the tower is always a valid strategy.

One back in town the player can hatch any found monster eggs into permanent familiars and sell off loot from the tower. This money can then be reinvested in the town to add new buildings, decorate his house, unlock minigames, and to show up Koh's rival Ghosh, a rich pretty-boy who never lifted a finger to help Monsbaiya. As Koh restores the town he also meets new female love interests, who over the course of several dungeon trips can be befriended and eventually become close confidants. Koh's familiars retain levels earned in the dungeon, and by carefully merging familiars they can be upgraded with skills they otherwise could never acquire.

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Azure Dreams PlayStation In the village
Azure Dreams PlayStation In the temple
Azure Dreams Game Boy Color Stats
Azure Dreams PlayStation What a dream...

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Alternate Titles

  • "Other Life: Azure Dreams GB" -- Japanese Game Boy title
  • "Other Life: Azure Dreams" -- Japanese title
  • "アザーライフ アザードリームス GB" -- Japanese spelling (GameBoy)
  • "アザーライフ アザードリームス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Become the Master Hunter of Monsbaiya, and get the ladies too! PlayStation Adelei Wade (4)

Critic Reviews

Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Sep, 1998 84 out of 100 84
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Boy Color Jun 01, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamePro (US) PlayStation Nov 24, 2000 4 out of 5 80
Video Games PlayStation Aug, 1998 78 out of 100 78
RPGFan PlayStation Aug 26, 1998 73 out of 100 73
GameSpot PlayStation Jul 22, 1998 7.3 out of 10 73
Super Play (Sweden) Game Boy Color Apr, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Video Games Game Boy Color Jun, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Legendra PlayStation Feb 08, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Regional differences

  • This game combines the more traditional Japanese RPG elements with those of a dating sim. Further, a part of the game was removed for the American version. This portion of the game had the main character marrying the girl of his choice. Since the character and all the female characters were roughly 14-17, this obviously didn't sit well.
  • In the Japanese version of the game, you could date not only the girls in the game, but also a male side character. This was removed for the American and European releases of the game.
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