A Spin off game from the great Monter Hunter species that lets you control and fight with monsters from the series. The story of the game is okay. Basically there's this evil blight spreading around and corrupting both monsters and the world and your character through the power of friendship have to save it. Honestly some of the things they talk about like living in harmony with monsters and the blight causeing the monster population to decrease feels a little funny considering the main series involves hunting down and killing tons of monters. There's also an emo rival that tries to save the world in his own way, and you cute cat sidekick.
There's not much to say graphics wise. The game looks good with a more cutesy look for the world and pet monsters. The game looks good overall
Now for the gameplay. First the combat. You can fight along side up to six monters in your party that can switch out with each ither during the fight. You have three main attacks: Speed, power, and technical which work like rock paper scissors. If you beat the opponent you do more damage and recieve less damage from you opponent's attack, if you lose the opposie happens, if you tie you both take some damage, but if you and you monster attack the same enemy and both win you cancel their attack and do massive damage. During the fight you build up kinship points which you can spend to either use a special move, command your monster to use a special move, or mount your monster if thr kinship guage is full. When mouting your monster you can use a super move for massive damage. However, if you win two more rock paper scissors bouts then you can level the super move up from 1 to 3 to deal evn more damage, but if you lose two bouts, or the monster's health drops down to 1 you'll fall off. Whether you use the super move or fall of your kinship returns to zero. You all have three hearts that fir the first two will revive you or your monster with full health and if you lose your last heart you lose and return to the last checkpoint. Hearts can only be restored by either sleeping in a bed or using rare items. You can use items, but you need to eqiup them before you go into battle. Outside of battle you can explore wide open areas for materials and eggs. There are several obstacles you'll encounter that you can only get by with certain monsters that have the ability to get past them. To get eggs you need to enter caves that appear all over that range from normal to rare gold caves (and after you beat the game you get high rank caves too). Inside you may have to kill the mother before stealing one if her eggs. Ideally you want heavy and smelly eggs for better stats. After that you can hatch them at the barracks where you can swap out party monsters, put together eggs with shell pieces you find (I only managed to do this once in my entire playthrough), or combine monsters to give a ability to your main monsters. There are plenty of subquests to take on, but they mostly consist of slaying monsters or gathering materials. There's also an area you can challenge for prizes. There was one time I fell through the world, but instead of crashing I just put me back where I was. The biggest weakness of this game is that it tries too much like the main series with it's quests, so there are no memorable side quests in the game. There's also no real puzzles or dungeons in the game, and whenever you do encounter an obstacle you can't pass that means backtracking to the nearest checkpoint and fast traveling to the nearest barracks for the monster you need. I did enjoy this game, but I do believe there is also plenty they could do to improve it if they make a sequel. If you're a Monster Hunter fan I would recommend trying this game. If you have a 3ds and like rpgs I'd say give it a try if you find a cheap or preowned copy. I give the game a solid 7 out of then for its fun gameplay and charm