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Master of the Monster Lair is a dungeon crawling RPG with a different twist, whereas in previous dungeon crawlers the objective is to find the dungeons and monsters to clear them, the player creates the dungeon (or a monster lair in this case) in order to attract the monster and trap it to destroy it. There are 23 different rooms to customize for the player's Monster Lair.

The story takes place in a small town called South Arc where the nearby forests are harboring monsters who regularly invade the town and scare of the citizens. This is where the player takes control of an orphan called Owen who is searching for his first job where he encounters a magical talking shovel. After realizing his destiny, he decides to start digging a lair and destroy the monster infestation.

The view of the game uses the DS dual-screen technology, showing the world in the top screen while the bottom screen will show maps and item menus. The gameplay is the standard turn-based RPG battle, selecting options from a menu such as attack and casting spells as well as the option to turn and run from the battle.

Players can pick up items and currency from monsters that are defeated in battle and use them to buy new weapons and armor for future battles or even furniture for Owen's house. There is also wireless capabilities where players can view and exchange dungeons through Wi-Fi.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Dungeon Maker" -- European Title

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Critic Reviews

Game Vortex Oct, 2008 70 out of 100 70
1UP Oct 23, 2008 B- 67
Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2008 6.25 out of 10 62
Pocket Gamer UK Nov 25, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Cubed3 Nov 19, 2008 6 out of 10 60
GamePro (US) Oct 21, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Thunderbolt Games Dec 16, 2008 5 out of 10 50 Dec 10, 2008 50 out of 100 50 Nov 28, 2008 50 out of 100 50
Game Critics Nov 01, 2008 4 out of 10 40


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