Something we don’t see all that often on the time management scene is a coherent narrative. Most of the time it’s just “make sure these boats don’t crash into each other because that’s your job.” Even the most well-known series in the genre, Diner Dash, is no more than a tale of a girl who wants to open a restaurant and then does it. Greedy Monsters, the latest title from MTI Studio, veers right off this beaten path and doesn’t look back.
Greedy Monsters introduces players to a race of hungry aliens called Taff, who must take turns at the single feeding station in each level so that they don’t starve to death. For the most part, the gameplay itself is all humdrum and old news. If you’ve seen one time manager, especially one that revolves around making sure people get fed, you’ve seen them all. The game has its addictive and frantic moments, but it’s nothing special.
What sets Greedy Monsters apart from its peers is its story. During your time with the game you’ll play through a rough history of the Taff race, from their humble beginnings to the completion of their thriving colony on their new planet. As you spread the Taff influence, you’ll also have to confront the issues that arise in any up-and-coming civilization: over population, epidemics and waste management, to name a few.
Greedy Monsters doesn’t skimp on the text, and if you want to get the full experience, you’ll have to read it all. There’s a reason for the game being as wordy as it is, though; the developers aren’t just telling a story. They’re conveying a message. Through the tale of the Taff’s evolution and the gameplay itself, it won’t take you long to notice that Greedy Monsters is, ultimately, a thinly veiled knock at our own modern society.
If this sort of heavy twist on a light arcade style of game sounds appealing, you can pick up Greedy Monsters from the App Store for $1.99. You can also learn more about MTI Studio on their official website.