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Review: Monster Train First Class (Nintendo Switch)

Monster Train First Class is a game in which you face off against the most powerful angels in heaven. It begins with Heaven entering Hell and aiming to put an end to it once and for all. The game is set on a train that speeds through the icy wastelands of a world that was once fire and brimstone.

You guide the train along its tracks, choosing its route past various stops on the map that allow you to build and upgrade your deck to use it in battles against the angels. The various stops allow you to pick up new cards for your deck, reload or change existing cards, and find money or items that will give you your boosts in battle. Any time your path deviates, you can choose one of two routes and plan the changes you want to make to your deck based on the options available to you.

The battles provide a change from your typical turn-based card battle by taking place over three levels. The waves of enemies will come through the first floor and move up after every turn to chase the pyre on top of the train. If they destroy it, it will put an end to hell and your home.

This setting gives the game a cool and interesting premise that leads to some very cool monster designs and battle animations. Some of these come from your classic theological imagery while others are pure fantasy. Either way, it makes for some excellent visual. I also like the idea of ​​playing as the demons of hell as the underdogs.

There are six clans, each with a unique collection of cards that you can find in each run. You start with two unlocked clans with only a limited number of maps available. As you progress through the game, level up and achieve new achievements, additional cards become available to you.

This gives you plenty of incentives to keep playing through, experimenting with different clans and maps to find new ways to approach your defenses. Monster Train First Class is one of those games that you can play almost endlessly without repeating a run.

Finally, when you have defeated all of the angelic waves, you will face the Seraph that was released as DLC with the original game. This boss is a grand finale to the game, but doesn’t draw a line below it enough that it’s not worth going back and trying again with a new deck.

There are daily challenges from the developers when you want to test your skills within certain limits. There is also a Hell Rush multiplayer mode where you can compete against your friends and the clock to defeat the angels in a fast-paced battle.

Monster Train First Class has a simple premise that is very well implemented and built in such a way that you get a lot of content out of it.

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