Monster League: Honestly, It’s Not Bad, Just Monstrous

It did The Mash! Monster League is essentially a complete kart racing Halloween game from the makers of Medieval Dynasty. It sits on the roster of Early Access titles and has since 2019, but fans are still playing it and are still nudging the team for a full release even now. Nobody really knows what is happening, but I had a lot of fun with this game and encourage you to purchase it at its fairly modest price for your co-op party, your Twitch, or just playing something different. At the very least, why not be a bit thematic and go for the Halloween vibe.

There are a few things that make this still a work in progress, and I will share them, but I see so much work that has gone into this project that maybe it’s hopeful, or not, it’s not bad though. Maybe this can be revived, or resurrected if you will, but I sure do like playing kart hockey as Frankenstein…

My Pumpkin, “Vincent”

Let’s Do The Mash

Okay, I’ll lay all of this out here. Currently, after purchasing the Early Access you get the full Monster League game with access to several maps and a handful of characters on every game mode. There is a kart racing mode kind of like Mario Kart, a Rocket League-style game, hockey (which was my favorite), capture the flag, and battle mode. Not a bad variety at all. I feel like most co-ops might give you one two or three, but here, six! Swoon.

Along with my affinity for the hockey mode, which involved crashing karts into large pucks in a Rocket League setup, I also enjoyed racing quite a bit. There are two ways to play. With nitro boosters, and without. Try both. I had to make it as easy as possible so I could record a video, so I put everything on beginner and turned of boosts.

Next, wow, this looks amazing! The graphics in this somewhat obscure project are actually really, really good. Rarely do I attribute the quality of a game to graphics alone, and of course this is no exception, but they did improve my personal score for the game and overall enjoyment really. The way you can see the fur on Wolfie’s back or the grains of sand in the track ground, it’s not a bad touch really. Do you see where I’m going with this?

Bobbles and Trinkets


Okay, now that I’ve bashed the mechanics inadvertently, I’ll highlight some more aspects.

Everything has plenty of features. More features than you’d probably see on most co-op games. It is not far off from a AAA release. I’m not even kidding. Vibration and UI updates, maybe a few more characters, possibly a little more patient in the handling, that’s all you would need for this game. It is intended to be a multiplayer or co-op game, you can try this feature online or just play up to four controllers on your PC. Yeah, this is all PC by the way, that’s not new here really.

Monster League: Features

  • 6 Game Modes – Race, Ball, Hockey, Battle Mode, Capture the Frog, and Golden Egg
  • 6 Characters to Choose from: Vlad the Vampire, Cleo the Mummy, Abe the Yeti, William Werewolf, Jack the Pirate Skeleton, and Frank the Frankenstein
  • Multiple Maps for every mode from towering castles to creepy woods and ancient Egyptian pyramids
  • Original Sound Effects and Soundtrack with spooky enough sounds to accompany every environment
  • High Definition Graphics with excellent attention to detail
  • Possibly More Someday

More Thoughts on Monster League

I didn’t mind this at all. Competition is always going to be stiff if you’re going against Mario Kart 8, but they aren’t trying to say that it isn’t. Actually, there are all sorts of fun games imitated including Rocket League. This is intended mostly to be a party game with multiplayer, something which sounds cool if you’ve got a good setup and compliant friends.

I mentioned the vibration and the dev drag enough here. The only other issue I had, which isn’t even really an issue, is the weird popping noise the item boxes make when running into them. I had to turn my sound-effect volume almost completely off because it was so loud. I hardly noticed it after.

And that’s it. I think this game is great, and I think it should be revived, however, it also has a lot of great content already and it’s a nice change of scenery. It’s especially suited around this time of year, and I’d gladly get some pumpkin flavor snacks and hot bubbling cider to go with it.

Wa, Hoo!

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P.S. This game is also part of a compilation of 4 other Halloween games on this site here:
https://mrdavepizza.com/halloween-game-indie-list-spooky-station-and-4-more/

Super Indie Karts – I Think This Is The Only Thing Like This

I’ve had my eye on Super Indie Karts for a while. This game has been in a bottleneck since 2014, but it’s come a long way. I decided to be adventurous and check out the early access option on Steam, and see what’s up.

It’s kind of callous I guess to absolutely immediately compare Super Indie Karts to Super Mario Kart. It is in fact very similar, but it’s a different beast. Actually, it feels totally different, and the purpose is different too. But it’s what place MK8 has in the indie lifestyle. A lot if you ask me, I still play it all the time. But here’s some pedal to the metal for the big little guys.

Something Else, Something New – Super Indie Karts

This is not MK, it’s a labor of love and it’s an incredible homage to a slew of wonderful games. Some of them I know, some of them I don’t, but I know from you all how hard it can be to get started with a project that means something.

Have you ever seen those posts where somebody lists a bunch of people and they all see it and go, oh, yeah, hey thanks! Then they smile and go on doing whatever, but maybe that recognition was kind of nice and gave them a warm feeling. Time does pass and there are legends and there are unsung heroes. So, I guess I think this game is really an homage to the legends and unsung heroes.

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Do You Recognize Some of these Characters?
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All The Bells and Whistles in Super Indie Karts

So, let’s start from the top.

Super Indie Karts is an independently developed game with the assistance of a pit crew of beta gamers who are testing a kart-based racing game for PC. Most notably, it features actual video game characters from a number of indie games. Everything in the game is designed to represent the popular indie game aesthetic with the fun gameplay of a kart racing game.

This is a standard race game. Grand Prix, Single Player, Time Trial. There’s multiplayer for local, but that’s almost completely beside the point for me. You might find it nice though.

The game has totally custom maps, graphics, characters, and mechanics. A few familiar features like item boxes, boosters, ramps, and coins, but that stuff holds things together. Every character is a main character in a variety of indie game titles over the past couple of decades.

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Let’s Bring Some Funk to this Planet

Toe Jam and Earl are even in there, which embarrassingly, was one of the only characters I recognized. Had I known my love for indie back then, I might have recognized a few more. Most of them are actually a little familiar to me though, from posts on Reddit and Metafilter–and indie charts on Steam

You can play up to 200cc, which is denoted by a flame-pumped banner in the selection menu. It’s a good place to go if you’re familiar with fast racing games. Otherwise, 50cc is a good place to start.

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It’s a Hemi

The game handles pretty well. It’s been in development for a while, but I found drifting and jumping and using items to work pretty well. It even activated the rumble features in my ds4 controller. The maps are all a bit crazy on the eyes, which I love. The colors gleefully flicker and the obstacles are bright and fun.

Right now there are only a couple of tournament cups open in the game, with construction placemarks for two more. That’s actually kind of reassuring to me because it means someday there will be more of the game.

The game is said to MAYBE release maybe in 2021, so I guess those levels might be soon, might not though. It’s brutal conditions for a lot of games this past year, many in a constant state of game dev or hiatus, even solo. But I hope it is released because it’s pretty fun.

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Punch It!

I might attempt at making this game a ritual, but if not, it’s a nice alternative. These days, I just really love racing games, just like I loved MK, Art of Rally, Hotshot Racing, and now this one.

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Here is a link to Super Indie Karts on Steam Store: https://store.steampowered.com/app/323670/Super_Indie_Karts/