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[[caption-width-right:250:[-They're so cute when they grow up...-] ]]

A UsefulNotes/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.

An UpdatedRerelease for UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS called "Monster Tale Ultimate" was announced back in 2015, but so far nothing seems to have come out of it...
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!!This game contains examples of:

* ABoyAndHisX: A Girl And Her Monster, Ellie and Chomp.
* 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 [[TheChosenOne Ellie]].
* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: Ellie and Chomp have to revisit some old areas once they reach Prissingham.
* AlphaBitch: Priscilla shows what would likely happen if such a character [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen ever acquired any form of power over others]].
* AlwaysNight: Treehouse Grotto is so enshrounded in nighttime, that there are many crescent and [[WeirdMoon colored moons]] in the night sky.
* 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. Priscilla, however, is given no such excuse. She just wants to be popular.
* 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 is the leader of the Kid Kings and is thus the big bad.
* BigFancyCastle: Prissingham in it's entirety consists of Primhedge Palace, Priscilla's castle, and it's a ''massive'' one. It's also a MarathonLevel and TheMaze, with a couple of AllTheWorldsAreAStage sprinkled on top of it.
* BigNo: Ellie when she gets knocked out. As well as the Kid Kings (And Queens) when they're defeated.
* BlueIsHeroic: Ellie is a blue-haired little girl in a white night gown and wears blue sneakers. She's TheHero.
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* BrattyHalfPint: Zoe is the youngest Kid King.
* 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.
* CollisionDamage: Played straight, plus some enemies wield melee weapons and attacks that do more damage than simply touching them.
* CoolTrain: The Demon Shuttle in Ethantica.
* CuteMonster: Chomp himself is one. The contrast between his cuteness and his monsterness is most pronounced in his Adult forms.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler:The Kid Kings, except for Priscilla, each eventually come around after fighting Ellie for various reasons. Zoe and Ethan even provide BigDamnHeroes moments while you're storming Pricilla's castle. Deanu [[TrueNeutral wasn't really evil to begin with]], though.]]
* DownTheDrain: The Tubeworqs area in Deanuford, overlaps with UnderTheSea.
* 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).
* EmpathicHealer: Chomp's Healing skill works this way, due to the fact that all skills are CastFromHitPoints.
* {{Egopolis}}: All of the kid kings' realms are named after them.
* EternalEngine: The Factory Fortress Area in Ethantica.
* TheEvilGenius: Ethan is quite smart and is also one of of the evil Kid Kings.
* 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".
* TheGoomba: Small {{Waddling Head}}s called Dumbseekers. One ability Chomp can get is the ability to turn into them. [[JokeItem As you might expect, this does nothing.]]
* TheGhost: [[spoiler:Chomp's mother never appears.]]
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Priscilla is bad and also a princess.
* GreenHillZone: The Windlemill plains area in Zoetopia.
* HairRaisingHare: Zoe's monster Lobster.
* HandbagOfHurt: Ellie's Satchel is used to hit things.
* HandBlast: The ancient band that Ellie wears can fire energy blasts against monsters and door panels (and gets more powerful throughout).
* HeartContainer: These can be bought in Jynx's shop or found laying out in the open.
* HeartsAreHealth: Though they're strangely ''blue'', not red.
* HedgeMaze: Primhedge Palace lives up to it's name, its also TheMaze.
* HubLevel: The Ancient Ruins.
* HumansAreSpecial: Because the monsters believed in this, the kid kings managed to seize power.
* InescapableAmbush: Much like it's [[VideoGame/HenryHatsworthInThePuzzlingAdventure british cousin]], it loves these. They get particularly brutal near the end.
* 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.
* JokeItem: The Dumbseeker Copycat ability does nothing but turn Chomp into a little green version of the game's [[TheGoomba Goomba.]] It does no damage and provides no advantage.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* TheLostWoods: Autumn Thicket and Treehouse Grotto areas. Located in Zoetopia.
* MarathonLevel: Prissingham is an extremely long gauntlet through several previous areas' lookalikes.
* TheMaze: Prissingham is huge, with many twists and turns and even some portals to previous areas.
* {{Metroidvania}}: Albeit a very linear one.
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* NoblewomansLaugh: Priscilla.
* NominalHero: Ellie just wanted to find her way back to her home world and had no intention of saving the Monster World. She just happened to come across some fellow kids who wanted to kill her. It wasn't until she learned of Priscilla's diabolical scheme that she decides to intervene. Ellie herself lampshades this in the ending, claiming herself as not a hero, she just did what she had to.
* NotSoStoic: Meade is TheStoic but, when fighting, at which point he goes into a SuperPoweredEvilSide.
* 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.
* PajamaCladHero: Ellie's wears nothing but her nightgown for the vast majority of the game.
* PalmtreePanic: Deanuford is generally this. The Beach area to be more specific.
* PermanentlyMissableContent: 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.
* 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.
* RuinsForRuinsSake: The Ancient Ruins area. Not only does Ellie begin her adventure here and finds Chomp, it's also the [[HubLevel central Hub area]].
* 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 [[UsefulNotes/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), [[VideoGame/RType Artype]], and [[VideoGame/RollingThunder Rolling Thunder]] are references to classic VideoGames. And the form that learns the "Drill 'Em, Mister" attack is called the [[VideoGame/DrillDozer Petdozer.]]
** 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!"]]
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Ethantica is located in the cold regions, with the Frigid Cliffs area serving as a starting point.
* 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: Stalactites fall on you in certain places, just like the trope says.
* SurferDude: Deanu talks like this.
* SwissArmyHero: Chomp can do just about anything.
* TreeTopTown: Treehouse Grotto.
* UndergroundLevel: Meadeland takes place entirely underground, the Caverns area is a more specific example.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* WaddlingHead: The basic enemies, natch, given the game's intentionally trope-tastic nature.
* WakeUpCallBoss: The first kid king, Meade, is this.
* WarmupBoss: The unnamed two-headed dragon at the beginning of the game.
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: Chomp can get K.O'd over and over with no penalty. If ''Ellie'' dies, however. It's GameOver.
* 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'', and there are two powerups that do nothing except allow Ellie to perform two attacks she learned previously in the air.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Ellie has bright blue hair.
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