Monster Rancher Games
Monster Rancher is a video game franchise developed by Tecmo Koei. The series involves raising and training monsters to compete in battles, with a heavy emphasis on strategy and management. The first game was released in 1997 for the PlayStation console, and several sequels were released for various platforms over the years. One unique feature of the series is the ability to generate monsters using CDs or DVDs inserted into the game console. Each disc has a unique code that determines the type and strength of the monster generated. The franchise has also spawned a manga series and an anime adaptation.
The Monster Rancher series is a franchise of simulation games that involves raising and training monsters for battles and competitions. Here is a list of all the games in the series:
- Monster Rancher (PS1, 1997)
- Monster Rancher 2 (PS1, 1999)
- Monster Rancher Battle Card: Episode II (PS1, 1999)
- Monster Rancher 3 (PS2, 2001)
- Monster Rancher 4 (PS2, 2003)
- Monster Rancher Advance (GBA, 2001)
- Monster Rancher Advance 2 (GBA, 2002)
- Monster Rancher EVO (PS2, 2005)
- Monster Rancher DS (NDS, 2008)
- Monster Rancher Hop-A-Bout (Mobile, 2008)
- My Monster Rancher (Mobile, 2011)
- Monster Rancher 2 Mobile (Mobile, 2011)
- Monster Rancher DS 2 (NDS, 2011)
- Monster Rancher 3 Mobile (Mobile, 2012)
- Monster Rancher 4 Mobile (Mobile, 2012)
- Monster Farm (Mobile, 2014)
- Monster Rancher 2 Mobile (Mobile, 2019)
Please note that some of these games were only released in Japan, and not all of them were released in all regions.
Monster Rancher Hop-A-Bout
Monster Rancher Hop-A-Bout is a spin-off game in the Monster Rancher series developed by Koei Tecmo. It was released in 2020 for the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. The game features a mix of puzzle and action gameplay, where players control a jumping monster that must navigate through levels, defeat enemies, and collect items. The game also includes a feature where players can scan barcodes or QR codes to generate new monsters to use in the game.
Monster Rancher Battle Card 1
Monster Rancher Battle Card: Episode I is a collectible card game based on the Monster Rancher video game franchise. It was released in Japan for the PlayStation in 1998, and in North America for the PlayStation in 1999. Players collect and battle with cards representing the monsters from the Monster Rancher universe, using various strategies to defeat their opponents. The game features over 200 different cards, each with its own unique attributes and abilities. It also includes a story mode, where players can take on various opponents and advance through the game’s narrative.
Monster Rancher Battle Card 2
Monster Rancher Battle Card 2 is a collectible card game based on the Monster Rancher franchise. It was developed by Tama and released in Japan for the PlayStation in 2000. The game allows players to collect and trade cards featuring monsters from the Monster Rancher series, and use them to battle other players or the computer. The game features over 400 cards and allows for up to four players to play simultaneously using a multi-tap. It was not released outside of Japan.
Monster Rancher 1
Monster Rancher, also known as Monster Farm in Japan, is a life simulation video game developed by Tecmo for the PlayStation console. It was released in 1997 in Japan and in 1998 in North America. The game’s unique feature is its use of CDs or DVDs to generate monsters, which can then be trained and bred for battles against other monsters.
The game’s story revolves around a young boy named Genki, who gets sucked into a CD and transported to a world where monsters are raised and trained for battles. Genki must find his way back home while also helping his monster companions win battles and defeat a powerful evil force that threatens their world.
Monster Rancher 2
“Monster Rancher 2” is a simulation video game developed by Tecmo and released in 1999 for the PlayStation console. In the game, players raise and train monsters to participate in battles and tournaments. The game features a unique feature where players can create monsters by inserting CDs or other media into the PlayStation console, which generates a random monster based on the data on the disc. The game also includes a storyline where players must uncover the truth behind mysterious events occurring in the game’s world.
Monster Rancher 3
Monster Rancher 3 is a simulation video game developed by Tecmo and released for the PlayStation 2 console in 2001. It is the third installment in the Monster Rancher series, which involves breeding, raising, and battling monsters in a virtual world. In Monster Rancher 3, players can create their own monsters by using CDs or DVDs to generate a unique monster based on the disc’s data. The game features a story mode where players can complete tasks to progress the story and unlock new areas, as well as a battle mode where they can compete against other monsters. The game received generally positive reviews for its deep and engaging gameplay, but was criticized for its slow pacing and lack of innovation compared to previous games in the series.
Monster Rancher 4
Monster Rancher 4 is a simulation video game developed and published by Tecmo for the PlayStation 2. It was released in Japan in 2003 and North America in 2004. The game is the fourth installment in the Monster Rancher series and features similar gameplay to its predecessors, where players raise and train monsters to compete in battles against other trainers. One of the unique features of the game is the ability to generate monsters from various types of media, such as music CDs and DVDs, which is a trademark of the series.
Monster Rancher 1-2 DX
Monster Rancher 1-2 DX is a remastered collection of the first two games in the Monster Rancher series. It was released in December 2019 for Nintendo Switch and in 2021 for PC and PlayStation 4. The games were originally released for the PlayStation console in 1997 and 1999, respectively. The collection features enhanced graphics, improved controls, and new features, while retaining the gameplay mechanics of the original games. In Monster Rancher, players raise and train monsters to compete in battles, with the goal of becoming the ultimate monster breeder. The games also feature unique mechanics where players can generate monsters by inserting CDs or other discs into their console, which generates a unique monster based on the data on the disc.
Monster Rancher EVO
Monster Rancher EVO, also known as Monster Rancher 5, is a video game in the Monster Rancher series. It was developed by Tecmo and released for the PlayStation 2 in Japan in 2005. The game was not released in North America or Europe.
In Monster Rancher EVO, players assume the role of a young boy named Julio who dreams of becoming a legendary monster breeder. The game takes place in a world where monsters are used for various purposes, such as labor and transportation. Julio sets out on a journey to fulfill his dream, and along the way, he meets various characters who join him on his quest. The gameplay of Monster Rancher EVO is similar to that of other games in the series. Players raise and train monsters, participate in battles, and explore the game’s world. One unique feature of the game is the ability to create monsters using CDs. When a player inserts a CD into their PlayStation 2, the game generates a monster based on the data on the CD. This feature was a hallmark of the Monster Rancher series, and Monster Rancher EVO was the last game in the series to feature it.
Monster Rancher DS
Monster Rancher DS is a simulation game developed by Cing and published by Tecmo Koei for the Nintendo DS handheld console. The game was released in Japan in 2010 and in North America and Europe in 2011. In Monster Rancher DS, players raise and train monsters to compete in battles against other trainers. One unique feature of the game is the ability to generate monsters by inputting codes or using the DS stylus to draw pictures on the touch screen. The game also features multiplayer battles using the DS’s wireless capabilities.
Monster Rancher Ultra Kaiju
Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher is a brand-new collaboration between Ultraman, a famous Japanese Tokusatsu work, and Monster Rancher, a popular role-playing simulation series. This new game introduces iconic Ultra Kaiju such as Alien Baltan, Zetton, and Gomora to the popular gameplay mechanics of raising and battling monsters from the Monster Rancher game.