Publisher NIS America has recently launched a free demo for the upcoming localized release of the Nippon Ichi Software-developed dungeon-crawling adventure, Monster Menu: The Scavenger’s Cookbook. As a result, players are able to get a firsthand look at how the gameplay systems of this title function in practice.
We recently tried out the demo and noticed a feature that hasn’t been discussed much, or at all; the option to censor grotesque-looking food. For those unaware, one of the primary gameplay mechanics of this title is cooking meals to make dungeon traversal easier. However, much like real-life, cooking, especially by first-timers, isn’t always scrumptious in content or presentation.
The official website for Monster Menu: The Scavenger’s Cookbook states the following regarding this option:
Cover up gruesome dishes! Use the censor option to take the edge off graphic images!
Since this game is based on the unique experience of surviving in a dungeon, there are instances where gross ingredients or dishes with striking appearances will inevitably appear.
Not great with bugs or graphic images, but still want to play the game? We have the solution for you! Toggle the Censoring function ON/OFF to completely black out or show gross-looking images.
As far as we can tell, judging by the character creator, this censor option does not impact how characters look at all, so there seems to be no need to worry on that front. Still, we’ll keep you all updated.
This dungeon-crawling strategy JRPG fittingly has cooking mechanics for the cast to get a leg up on foes. Players will have to make their 4-person party via character creation, gather items and ingredients during exploration, and tactically battle monsters. Survival and roguelike elements are also included in this experience. Further, English audio will be implemented.
In gameplay, players can gather materials and ingredients to cook, restoring calories and water. Stats and skills can also be learned via cooking. Additionally, poorly cooked dishes can be utilized as weapons against foes. Combat is turn-based, with the order depending on the units’ speed. Team-up attacks can occur if certain teammates are in the vicinity of each other as well.
Monster Menu: The Scavenger’s Cookbook will launch in the West for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch on May 23, 2023. The free demo has the ability to transfer save data to the full release.
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