Meta Monsters is a role-playing adventure game developed and published by LegendGames Entertainment and created by Buddy Thompson and Justin Wolfe. It stars two protagonists that venture across the expansive Isshagure Region. The players can choose to be male or female, and have the option to change the name of their chosen protagonist.
Similar to Nintendo's Pokémon series, Meta Monsters puts players in the role of a young protagonist who ventures across a region to capture, train, and battle with creatures known as Meta Monsters. Each meta monster learns a variety of moves and levels up. Once a meta monster reaches a certain level, they will undergo Metamorphosis, a form change that is similar to Pokémon's evolution.
Meta Monsters takes place in a 3D environment and features a full 3D battle system. Each Meta Monster has a special XP bar that will fill over the course of the battle, Once the XP bar has filled, the Monster will be able to access a special ability that allows them to perform a devastating special attack or other special ability. Another unique feature is the elemental system. In Pokémon, attacks that have an elemental disadvantage against their opponent are considered "not very effective" and deal light damage to the opponent's HP bar. In Meta Monsters, certain elements will actually act in favor of the element that has the advantage. For example, if a water element attack hits a plant-type monster, it will deal 0 damage and may actually heal the opponent. In reverse of this, elements that have the advantage over the other will also yield different effects that can have both a negative and positive impact on their opponent. For example, if a water element monster is hit by an electrical attack, it will become electrically charged. Although this state may cause paralysis, the victim may enhance its own water element attacks with the element of lighting, make the damage much more crucial.
Meta Monsters may breed, although the method of breeding is more akin to breeding in Avatar City, wherein two Meta Monsters must get along with each other and breed within a meta monster cage. Unlike Pokémon, Meta Monsters do not lay eggs, instead going through a period of pregnancy before giving birth to live young. In real-time, the pregnancy lasts a period of 10-25 minutes, depending on the game settings.
In addition, the world of Meta Monsters varies significantly from the worlds of Pokémon, in that it is much more diverse. Players will roam around a sandbox-styled world that contains many buildings that may be explored. In addition, TV's in NPC households and other buildings will feature fully-animated television shows and programs in-universe that will inform players of their progress, through their interaction with key NPC's, their ranking in tournaments, and whenever they put a stop to the plans of any villains' notorious plans, as well as advertisements for upcoming Meta Monster tournaments. In addition, TV's in the players' household may be used to view replays of saved battles. Meta Monsters also features spoken dialogue, unlike the Pokémon series.
Finally, players do not travel the region in order to gain badges that allow them to enter a league championship. Instead, they compete in a variety of small tournaments in order to gain access to a World Tournament, facing Meta Monster trainers from different in-game countries. However, in order to participate in these smaller tournaments, the player must level up their Meta Monster party to match the tournament's standards.
The story is still under development, although the elements that are known are that:
- Players will take the role of a male or female protagonist in their journey across the region of Isshagure.
- There is a Syndicate composed of former Meta Monster world champions who plot to take back their titles by capturing Mega Monsters, including the mysterious Morpheon.
- The player is the child of former Meta Monster champion, Vernon, hence their interest in becoming a trainer, themselves.
- The player characters are siblings. As NPC's, the male trainer is named Vincent, and his sister is named Veronica.