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Million Monster Militia Review

Overall - 75%

75%

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Variety is the spice of life in Million Monster Militia, providing sheer chaos with its synergies. While it takes some getting used when it comes to what goes where, those hankering for a good roguelike deckbuilder will enjoy positively obliterating these titans.

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The team at Space Capsule Games, together with Dejobaan Games, is featuring a crew wilder than your local DMV with Million Monster Militia. Promising 140 trillion custom game modes in its recent update (yes, really!), should players enlist for this battle for ‘Murica?

Million Monster Militia Review


Set in the not-too-distant year of 2073, players will encounter a world where the US is under attack by colossal titans like the cleverly named “Burny Sanders” (and his dog) and “Chonk Demon.”

Enter the player, who has the ability to enlist players every turn, throwing up to 25 recruits headlong into battle. However, while players start with five run-of-the-mill civilians, they quickly amass a veritable army of animals, vegetables, and minerals (signified as human, beast, monster, item, construct, demon, and so forth).

Each one has their own perks too. Whether it be damage multipliers, buffs, or golden goo, players will encounter common, uncommon, and rare findings every turn. No matter what they choose, players will have six different ones to choose from each roll.

Therein lies the fun of Million Monster Militia; its sheer variety. Early runs will feel a bit awkward, with players not quite knowing the benefits of stacking giant rats or a Power Pellet. This randomness is made doubly so when it comes to how militias are deployed; it can be hard to tell where each one appears on the 5×5 grid, and there are some that might be detrimental to others when placed next to one other. Nothing worse than a run coming to a screeching halt, all due to some good ol’ fashion destruction.

However, getting the right items each run, figuring out how to stack them, and making sure the right things are adjacent to each other is a thrilling feeling. In a way, it scratches that strategic itch, all while finding out that there are some downright wild possibilities. As the team puts it in the tutorial text, “synergy” is key!

Just note that while variety is the spice of life, it also takes a bit to get the hang of. Roguelike deckbuilder fans will absolutely love the round-based, turn-based deployments, and a vertiable wealth of options, but those less weaned on the genre might not quite appreciate the benefits of learning which buildout works best.

There are some standbys that can help get players out of a pinch in one’s run. A Mayday Button dishes out 10x the damage from the last turn once per run, while Internal Affairs, Electromagnetic Pulses, and Rerolling can also work in a pinch.

Variety is the spice of life in Million Monster Militia, providing sheer chaos with its synergies. While it takes some getting used when it comes to what goes where, those hankering for a good roguelike deckbuilder will enjoy positively obliterating these titans.

Million Monster Militia Review

Reviewed On: PC (A digital code was provided)
Release Date: August 17, 2023
MSRP: $4.99
Platforms: PC
Developer: Space Capsule Games, Dejobaan Games
Publisher: Space Capsule Games, Dejobaan Games
Aggregate Scores: Metacritic

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Casey Scheld has more than 15 years of experience in the gaming industry as a community manager, social media director, event specialist, and (of course) gaming editor. He has previously worked with gaming start-ups like Raptr, publishers like Konami, and roller derby girls at PAX West (check out Jam City Rollergirls)! Gamers Heroes is a passion project for him, giving him a chance to tap into the underground side of gaming. He is all too eager to give these lesser-known heroes of the indie space the attention they so rightly deserve, seeking out the next gem and sharing it with the world. Previously making appearances at events like CES, GDC, and (the late) E3, he is all too happy to seek out the next big thing. For those that want to talk shop, send over a tip, or get an easy win in a fighting game of their choosing, be sure to check out his social media channels below.

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