I’ve got to admit, there are games that I review that I don’t really get, but sometimes they can still make quite an impression on me… though maybe not always with the hook that would grab other people. Monark is definitely weird and yet chock full of style, dramatic in cliched ways at times but also more than happy to roll out a really weird story with my favorite oddball part of the story being the Daemon Vanitas. For whatever reason the combination of his nightmarish and yet Tim Burton-esque look and generally rhyming speech absolutely made him steal attention every time he pops up. But hey, the tactical combat (once you get used to it) feels pretty smart and keeps you engaged, the opening questionnaire that may only have a minimal effect on the game you play is still at least interesting, and the bizarre school-age drama all at least make for a pretty unique ride. It absolutely won’t be for everyone, but if you’re looking for something pretty off-center in your RPGs this delivers the goods from pretty well all sides.
Justin Nation, Score: