While I don’t often use the word shameless to describe games that crib quite a bit of their content nakedly from bigger and more popular titles, in the case of Beasties I’d say that the lack of a lasting quality experience beneath the 3-Match Pokemon veneer somewhat earns the distinction. The thing is, conceptually, it’s not a bad idea… tapping into the Puzzle RPG flair of the likes of the classic Puzzle Quest series while also adding some enjoyment for fans of combat between cute little animals. The problem is that the story is extremely short, bland, and lacking in interest, the designs of the scant number of title beasties are painfully derivative, and aside from going through the motions there’s no spark of life and creativity to be found here in less than a handful of hours of play. It just smacks a bit of a bait and switch for people desperate for more of that Pokemon vibe.
Justin Nation, Score: