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[[caption-width-right:250:They're so cute when they grow up...]]
A NintendoDS game by the makers of ''VideoGame/HenryHatsworthInThePuzzlingAdventure''.

The game tells the story of Ellie, a little girl that is woken up in the middle of the night by a loud noise. Upon investigation, she finds a strange bracelet. All of a sudden, the bracelet glows and transports Ellie to a different world, populated by new and strange creatures, referred to as monsters. Not long upon arriving does Ellie finds an egg, which hatches a small and cute creature that Ellie dubs "Chomp". Now, Ellie and Chomp must travel through the monsters' world so that the girl may find a way home. She soon learns that she and her new friend are destined to liberate this mysterious world from the rule of five evil children.

Like its very British predecessor, the gameplay in Monster Tale is a mix of genres, in this case we have the {{Metroidvania}} approach coupled with the raising and use of Chomp, who can interact with different items that Ellie may find and evolve accordingly, gaining different abilities and transforming into different forms as he does so.

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!!This game contains examples of:

* AllMythsAreTrue: The one shown during the game's intro. Also deconstructed -- the fact that the monsters believed this was what allowed the kid kings to rise to power. It is also reconstructed ''at the same time'', since it refers to Ellie.
* AlphaBitch: Priscilla shows what would likely happen if such a character [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen ever acquired any form of power over others]].
* AntiVillain: Despite the fact that they utilize slave labor, Zoe and Ethan have potentially valid {{Freudian Excuse}}s for their behavior, depending on [[UnreliableNarrator how reliable you think their testimony is]] (especially compared to someone like Deanu, who only complained about having chores back home). Zoe was never allowed to play with toys for fear of breaking them, and ChildProdigy Ethan was tired of being dismissed as JustAKid when it came to his inventions. The Monster World gives Zoe all the toys she wants and Ethan the chance to build world-changing devices.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Inverted; the kid kings aren't evil because they're royalty, they named themselves royalty because they're evil.
* ArmsDealer: Jinx sells items for Chomp that not only give him experience, but also serve as weapons for indirect assistance for Ellie. For example, soccer balls and meteorites bounce all over the screen and hit enemies.
* BadassAdorable: Ellie and Young Chomp (arguably Teen and Adult Chomp, too).
* TheBeastMaster: All the human kids in the Monster World are effectively this, as each one has a monster partner, such as Ellie having Chomp and Meade having Krubble.
* BigBad: Priscilla.
* BigNo: Ellie when she gets knocked out. As well as the Kid Kings (And Queens) when they're defeated.
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl And Her Monster]]
* BratsWithSlingshots
* BrattyHalfPint: Zoe.
* BreadAndCircuses: It's implied that Meade is doing the "circuses" part, at least.
* CastFromHitPoints: Using skills eats away at Chomp's life bar, but it's easy enough to recharge.
* TheChosenOne: Ellie, kind of. See AllMythsAreTrue, above.
* CollisionDamage: Played straight, plus some enemies wield melee weapons and attacks that do more damage than simply touching them.
* CompetitiveBalance: Each of Chomp's stages are a different one.
** Baby Chomp: FragileSpeedster / SquishyWizard
** Teen Chomp: JackOfAllStats
** Adult Chomp: MightyGlacier / DumbMuscle
* CuteBruiser: Ellie.
* EggMacGuffin: Chomp's egg.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Fire is strong against Earth is strong against Water is strong against Fire. Or, more accurately, Red beats Green beats Blue beats Red, as few if any monsters show elemental traits besides color (and for those that do, it's the color that really matters).
** InfinityPlusOneElement: Light (White), which resists attacks of other elements (even NonElemental) and in turn other elements are resistant to its attacks; and Dark ({{Purple|IsTheNewBlack}}), which has strong attacks against everything and vice-versa.
* EmpathicHealer: Chomp's Healing skill works this way, due to the fact that all skills are CastFromHitPoints.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn[=/=]DefeatMeansFriendship]]: [[spoiler:The Kid Kings, except for Priscilla, each eventually come around after fighting Ellie for various reasons. Zoe and Ethan even provide [[BigDamnHeroes Big Dang Heroes]] moments while you're storming Pricilla's castle.]]
** [[spoiler:Deanu [[TrueNeutral wasn't really evil to begin with]], though.]]
* {{Egopolis}}: All of the kid kings' realms are named after them.
* TheEvilGenius: Ethan.
* EvilLaugh: Oddly enough, ''Chomp'' emits one of these after using a pet item when in a teen or adult form.
* GadgeteerGenius: Ethan. For bonus points, his theme in the soundtrack is titled "gadgeteer".
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: After beating a Kid King, you can see their crown in the collectibles screen. However, you're shown actually grabbing their key, and when the Kid King in question appears again they are still wearing their crown.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: The unnamed dragon monster in the beginning of the game. The game data literally calls it "Intro Boss".
* TheGhost: [[spoiler:Chomp's mother.]]
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Priscilla.
* HairRaisingHare: Zoe's monster Lobster.
* HandbagOfHurt: Ellie's Satchel.
* HandBlast: The ancient band that Ellie wears can fire energy blasts against monsters and door panels (and gets more powerful throughout).
* HeartContainer
* HeartsAreHealth
* HumansAreSpecial: Because the monsters believed in this, the kid kings managed to seize power.
* InescapableAmbush: Much like it's [[HenryHatsworthInThePuzzlingAdventure british cousin]], it loves these. They get particularly [[SurpriseDifficulty brutal]] near the end.
* KidHero: Apparently, the only ones who can see/tame monsters are kids.
* KillerRabbit: Chomp, whose child forms are as cute as a button until it starts fighting.
** Mister Lobster gets bonus points for ''actually'' being a rabbit. He's also ThatOneBoss.
* KonamiCode: A shortened version (replace "B, A, Start" with "Select") {{Palette Swap}}s Ellie and grants a small shop discount.
* LittleMissBadass: Ellie. By virtue of [[AmplifierArtifact the Band,]] Ellie can beat up monsters twice her size with nothing but her bare hands and [[ImprobableWeaponUser a messenger bag.]]
* LostForever: The meter for unlocking a new form stops rising once the connected form Chomp needs to be in hits level 30, which will make it impossible to unlock. The sole exception seems to be the Elite Guard form, and ''only'' if you had already used enough of the required items before point of no return to build the rest of the meter through having Chomp take and deal damage.
* {{Metroidvania}}: Albeit a very linear one.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Priscilla.
* OneManParty: Many of Chomp's skills aren't that useful, and it's easier to go through the game without him on the top screen.
** Near the end of the game, this trope is still present, but on the other end, with a properly-raised Chomp being practically game-breaking, to the point where Ellie will barely contribute.
* OneWingedAngel: Priscilla's monster Snout during the final boss battle, though it was already a monster to begin with.
* PaletteSwap[=/=]UndergroundMonkey: Different "elemental" versions of monsters.
** Chomp himself is actually a protagonist version of UndergroundMonkey, as all of his forms in the same stage of growth are slightly altered versions of each other.
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler:Most of the kid kings don't really have any reason to fight Ellie, and only flip out and try to kill her when they think she's going to ruin their fun somehow. Instead of talking them down, Ellie just leaps into the fray and only explains that they don't really have any reason to be fighting ''after'' the battle.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Priscilla, right before the final battle.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Chomp.
* RoyalBrat: The (self-proclaimed) kid kings. Although it is inverted since they aren't likely part of any rich families (to our knowledge), in which case, they are likely just [[SpoiledBrat spoiled brats]].
* RPGElements: Only Chomp gets them, though.
* ShoutOut: Ethan says that someone named [[spoiler:Henry Hatsworth]] (he had trouble remembering the name) had stepped in the monster world before. This particular person was a character whose game was also developed by Peter Ong. [[spoiler:Ellie says that this reminds her of her great uncle.]]
** [[spoiler:There are floating puzzle pieces in the background of Zoe's "kingdom" that look supsiciously like the background of the Puzzle Realm. Cole's Machine really did some damage by just existing...]]
** One of Priscilla's busts has her leaning forward and clenching her fist with yellow eyes and an angry face (like a certain [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourofDarkness "Flat-Chested demon"]] you may know)
** Ethan also not only uses a DS-like device, but commands his monster Nathan to use [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} "Ludicrous speed!"]]
** As well as [[Main/{{SegaGenesis}} "Blast Processing!"]]
** Priscilla's outfit and hair greatly resemble [[SuperMarioBros a certain video game princess]].
** Many of Chomp's attacks such as [[MrDriller Drill em Mister]], [[VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins Ghoul's Cascade]](which even has a blue fire effect), [[{{R-type}} Artype]], and [[RollingThunder Rolling Thunder]] are references to classic VideoGames.
** One of Chomp's forms is a furry, fanged beast who has the ability to ram enemies, and is named "Tall Bain". It doesn't seem like a stretch to say the name may have something to do with Jon Talbain, the werewolf from ''VideoGame/{{DarkStalkers}}'' who's primary attack is to, you guessed it, ram enemies.
** There's even one in the ClosingCredits: The director Peter Ong thanks his brother Jay Ong for "being like [[{{Naruto}} Itachi]]''.
** Meade: [[Music/{{RageAgainstTheMachine}} "Sleep Now... In The Fire!"]]
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Baby Chomp puts some on for his "studying" animation in the Pet Sanctuary.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''HenryHatsworthInThePuzzlingAdventure''. [[spoiler: Subverted in that it is implied that both games are in the same [[TheVerse universe]]. See ShoutOut above.]]
* StalactiteSpite
* TheStoic: Meade.
** NotSoStoic: When fighting, at which point he goes into a SuperPoweredEvilSide.
* SurferDude: Deanu talks like this.
* SwissArmyHero: Chomp.
** MultiformBalance
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: when Ellie first enters the monster realm she doesn't seem too surprised that not only is she in a completely different place, but it has also instantly turned from night to day. Of course there's a reason for this, [[spoiler: her great uncle is Henry Hatsworth, adventuring runs in the family.]]
* WakeUpCallBoss: The first kid king, Meade, is this.
* WarmupBoss: The unnamed two-headed dragon at the beginning of the game.
* WhiteAndGrayMorality: The kid kings seem interested in subjugatating the monsters only to pursue their interests. [[spoiler: Priscilla wants to conquer both worlds to become famous!]]
* YouHaveResearchedBreathing: Most of Ellie's powerups, actually. She needs a powerup just to learn how to ''swing her knapsack''. She then needs an additional powerup to swing it continuously, and another to swing it in an uppercut.
** She also needs one to learn how to ''roll''.
** There are also two powerups that do nothing except allow Ellie to perform two attacks she learned previously in the air.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Ellie.