Atlus masters Monster Lair

Publisher's latest dungeon crawler banks on user-generated dungeons, carves out spot on DS September 2.

With Izuna: The Legend of the Unemployed Ninja, Atlus relied on the roguelike dungeon-crawler tradition of randomly generated dungeons. However, in this day and age of user-generated content, having a computer do all the work is passe. With the publisher's latest entrant into the role-playing genre, Atlus is charging players to pick up a shovel and carve out their own battleground.

Dank and musty are a monster's preferred potpourri.

This week, Atlus unveiled Master of the Monster Lair, due out for the Nintendo DS on September 2. As a hook for this latest dungeon-crawling RPG from Atlus, Master of the Monster Lair tasks players with building their own dungeons, with the goal of luring and then slaying all of the monsters plaguing the town of South Arc.

Dungeons can be customized with more than 20 different types of rooms, each of which will attract a different brand of monster. Different monsters drop tools to construct the various rooms, and players will open up more ways to expand their dungeons as they progress. Players will also be able to share their creations locally using the DS's wireless capabilities.

For more on Master of the Monster Lair for the DS, head over to Atlus' recently launched Web site for the game.

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SteveN
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I love Atlus' games!

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danwarecritic
danwarecritic

It's Atlus! That's motivation enough for me to buy it.

thestickman
thestickman

Heh, looks pretty interesting. I like the idea of customizing the rooms to lure the different types of monsters.

daruniaz
daruniaz

wow, dungeon crawlers al of a sudden ruling the DS? they are all over the place, definitely a title to keep in mind after summer!

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

I'm playing Etrain Odyssey II from Atlas at the moment...gotta love old-school and like others have said this reminds me of Dungeon Keeper.

Hsanrb
Hsanrb

Doesn't look like the PSP at all... combat is turn-based via PSP's real-time (also your not alone in this one which is nice), the dungeon building doesn't require those silly tunnels to go from room to room (thats a plus) I'll check this out more as the game approaches launch, but I'm not playing RPG's as much these days and might have to pass.

Mathurin47
Mathurin47

It should look a lot like the PSP Dungeon Maker. It was done by the same developer, Global A.

nashxyzz
nashxyzz

I imported this game back bout a few months ago and I liked it a lot. For battles, then you walk in front of a room's entrance, a blob thing representing a monster will run out of a room and you go into a dragon warrior style fight sceen with 4 options: fight, magic, item, and run. In japan it's called: dungeon maker mahou no shovel to chiisana yuusha.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

sounds funny and creative. if they can pull it off, I'll buy it

guppieface
guppieface

reminds me of dungeon keeper for pc

jasongm
jasongm

Sounds cool, im currently playing Dungeon Maker (i havent played it in months!!), its very addicting & looking forward to see what Atlus does with the DS version.

exedeath
exedeath

Thats been done before with Dungeon Maker for the PSP. I am guessing that this will be more kid friendly with less stuff, easier gameplay, and horrible graphics. I will still try it out because there are not enough games out there like this.

jknight5422
jknight5422

Atlus generates a lot of games...and right quick!

TribbleOutcast
TribbleOutcast

This sounds like a carbon copy of Dungeon Maker Hunting Ground for the PSP. It was released in June of 07 by Xseed. You should check it out if you have a PSP. You can find it on Amazon for $20.00.

lew_0911
lew_0911

The premise definetely allows a lot of variety ( I hope), which is great. P.S. Where have I seen that caption for the screenshot?

taboo
taboo

This looks like Dungeon Maker: DS Version, and there's nothing wrong with that at all. However, as the PSP dungeon crawler was hindered by local sharing for most people, I do wish they have wi-fi support for dungeon exchange.

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

Dungeon Keeper will never be topped, but this looks interesting. Dungeon Keeper was one of the best games by bullfrog along with Syndicate. Anyway, I digress.. Good to see people remember the classics.

Megawizard
Megawizard

"anyone remember Dungeon Keeper for the PC? lol" I do! :D Except this is kinda both roles combined together and then putting you in as the Lord of the Land.

draco934
draco934

anyone remember Dungeon Keeper for the PC? lol

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

this one looks pretty good and worth checking out.

kos1085
kos1085

I like the idea. I have not tried any of the Atlus games so this may be the first Atlus game that I try.

BlackSamvara
BlackSamvara

I've been a huge Atlus fan for years, and I must say, I will most definitely pick this one up. It sounds like an interesting idea, If they pull it off right it should be pretty good. It has a place right in between Izuna 1 & 2, and Etrian Odyssey on my shelve...

leafdj
leafdj

Hmm, sounds interesting, guess I'll have to see how it turns out.

Megawizard
Megawizard

Cool; I was hoping this was gonna get ported from the PSP.

GoldenRamoth
GoldenRamoth

Looks kinda strange. might try it if it turns out decent though.

Thaius_Tydane
Thaius_Tydane

Interesting idea: it they pull it off right, it could rock. But if they screw it up, it will be a colossal failure. But it's interesting enough that as long as they add Nintendo Wi-fi capabilities, it could be amazing. Keep an eye on this one.