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Monster Rancher Explorer is an updated port of Tecmo's 1987 NES game, Solomon's Key and features environments, characters and monsters from the Monster Rancher series of games. The game is a platformer with action elements. Each level requires a puzzle to be solved within a time limit, giving the successful player a key to unlock the next level. Bad monsters will attack on most levels, so in addition to moving blocks to get to the key on each level, a player needs to dispatch bad monsters before being killed by them. There are good monsters to meet, several hidden bonus levels, bonus items, and treasure to be found.


Monster Rancher Explorer Game Boy Color World map
Monster Rancher Explorer Game Boy Color First level is easy
Monster Rancher Explorer Game Boy Color Enter to first level
Monster Rancher Explorer Game Boy Color Next room

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Alternate Titles

  • "Solomon: Cox's adventure Quest of the White tower" -- Japanese tag-line title
  • "Solomon" -- Japanese title
  • "ソロモン" -- Japanese spelling

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Nintendojo 2000 9.5 out of 10 95
IGN Oct 27, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Daily Radar 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 75


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Lisa Shock (147) added Monster Rancher Explorer (Game Boy Color) on Feb 20, 2006