Dating sims/VNs (Visual Novels) are not something that typically runs on any of my screens. When the chance to review Monster Prom by Those Awesome Guys came up there was just something that felt different, something that isn’t explainable. It hit some weird chord in the subconscious that made it stand out. It is imperative before this review starts breaking the game down that the fact that this game focuses on literal monster characters in high school is brought to light. Some of the decisions in this game sound horrible at first glance, but once the fact that this takes place in a world full of monsters it’s a little easier to see the decisions are designed to be taken light-heartedly. The review will talk about it a little later but it felt warranted to bring it up now.

To start the game off, players choose between one of four characters, each possessing physical different characteristics, such as being a zombie or looking like a female Frankenstein (the Monster…not the Doctor). The player than can make a custom name and choose the pronoun the character wants to use, which is a wonderful choice for those it matters too. Each time you play Monster Prom you have to take this personality test that sort of gives you an idea of which of the six possible monsters you should try to pursue prom.

The full game gives you a better variance on the questions as opposed to the compressed version, the compressed version seemed to cycle through the same set pretty regularly. The questions introduce the player to the tone of the game pretty quickly. The personality test asks questions ranging from the mundane along the lines of “What would be a turn off for a partner?” to the comically absurd like “The sun is closing in on the planet what do you do?” The last one is paraphrased but the answers to it were hysterical.

The Difference a Quickie Makes

The entire point of the game is to go through the day as a high school monster just trying to find a date to the prom. This is done in either the full length of an hour long story or the compressed thirty-minute version. The compressed version of Monster Prom makes takes the game down to pretty much just the key events making the day to day experiences a little more important as you don’t really have time to make up for bad choices. It seems that wooing certain characters in Monster Prom works better on the regular-sized hour long runs. Vera seemed a little tricky to get a yes from because she’s a very strong, and cutthroat character. It helps to have that extra time in the regular length game to get her to say yes. On the flip side of that Miranda was fairly easy to get along with on both versions.

Each day you choose what location to go to inside the school: The Auditorium, Class, Library, Outside, Gym, or skip the school day and hang out in the bathroom. Each one affects the player’s stats in a different way just like interactions with different characters. Going to class will make the smart stat go up, telling Polly that if she gets bored of her afterlife she can go piss off a priest will make adjust stats like charm and fun. Be wary though one place each day will have the shop located there, so instead of offering stat progress, it gives the player the chance to buy items that can influence the story. The items are obviously suited to each different character. The ghost sheet is used to mess with Miranda and Scott. The Cocaine I’m pretty sure is attached to Polly, she likes to party. Some days the interactions don’t take you anywhere but the cafeteria and that is more or less used to set up interactions with the characters to change their opinion of the player. You choose where you want to sit and depending on who is at the table you’ll have a different interaction. So if the player is trying to romance Polly and she is sitting with Damien, the interaction will play out much differently than if Polly was sitting next to Miranda.

With there being so many different endings to this game (I believe over a thousand different outcomes) if you have the time for it I recommend playing the full-length adventure. There’s so much more to the game in this mode. Dialogue changes, as an example some interactions with Miranda that worked in my favor in the compressed version worked against me in this mode. On the flip side, I had a blast trying to pursue Polly. Dates really didn’t happen when I played the short version of Monster Prom. In the regular version, Polly and I ended up at a casino and in an over the top attempt to get her affection I tried to feed into her irresponsible nature and bet my own life on a horse race. It paid off big! I got to keep living and she eventually went to prom with me that run. It added so much more depth and just general fun to the game.

An Interesting Choice

Monster Prom brings a ton of humor to the table. Case in point, in one instance the player is talking to two individuals and the topic of making money off fellow students comes up. Through the progression of the conversation the player gets the choice of recommending selling tapeworms as a vegan and gluten-free option to the students or saying  “Meth it’s what’s for lunch”. It’s been a long time since a game option has brought that much laughter to my face. Not all the humor in the game is that vulgar, there are far more simplistic funny instances that make the game pretty humorous. Take for instance Miranda saying a certain group of people deserved to be taken down because they were horrible for hating avocado.

There is even an instance where the lovable oaf Scott accidentally becomes king of a group of furries that he thinks are actual woodland creatures. He actually thinks he is king and is trying to be a leader to these people. He feels honored to have so many pieces of art made of him, even if they’re mostly him shirtless. Should have been a red flag there but Scott isn’t always on the up and up, if he is in your particular pool of potential prom dates that run the character is tasked with saving his ignorance/innocence when one of the furries accidentally knocks his head off his costume revealing he is just a really kinky mummy and not a furry woodland creature. He was convinced by telling him that the creatures shed their heads the way other animals shed their skin.

To close out the humor section the game isn’t above making fun of itself, which is nice. At one point something along the lines of Scott and my character painting shirtless happened and the words “it looked great but we aren’t going to show you it (mostly because we didn’t make a shirtless render of Scott)”. It’s good to see a game not take itself seriously like that.

Personality Isn’t Skin Deep

Each of the characters in Monster Prom is well thought out and work really well in the universe. Some of them fit the typical character archetypes for high school, the jock, the party girl, etc. They all feel different and thought out though. Take Miranda as an example, she comes from the sea and is a mermaid princess. Seems cookie cutter and a little Disney right? Hell no! On one run of Monster Prom, she legit tricked me into killing people! I was going all in on romancing her, she had asked me to do some seemingly innocent tasks. Run this item here, I need this for my grandma, blah blah. At the end of the whole thing, we get together at prom but she reveals that she used me to kill off the entire water polo team for being rude to her about trying to use a seahorse during the tryouts (because she’s royalty and didn’t understand the difference). All the simple tasks she asked me to do tied into that plot and gave her plausible deniability in the situation. This sweet and innocent looking mermaid used me for evil deeds, but we hung out, at the skulls of her enemies and she sent a saucy picture after prom night. So, I win?

To close it down, Monster Prom is a well put together game, in fact, I would go as far to say it was a labor of love from the development team. It provides a great mix of humor that never stops surprising the player. It has a ton of replay-ability to it, I’ve already lost hours to the game and didn’t even realize I had been playing it for that long. There is also a multiplayer mode that I did not get a chance to play (the servers were not up yet) so for those of you looking for something new to try with friends you can give that a shot. Monster Prom is a gem that I hope people appreciate. Let us know how you felt about the game in the comments below!

Monster Prom Review
The Good
  • Well put together universe
  • High replay value
  • Great humor
The Bad
  • Compressed mode makes certain characters harder to romance
  • Multiplayer server issues
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About The Author

Allen S
Editorial/Reviews Team, Manager

I started gaming when I was seven years old. I started my own game studio when I was twelve, went to school for game design. Now I work here and also on my own YouTube channel