I used to dream of a Pokemon game that featured all of the monster combat I’ve come to love but with more bite, a variant that forced me to employ more strategy. Monster Sanctuary is that game. This 3-on-3 monster-battler marries Metroidvania exploration (and puzzle-solving!) with critters developed through extensive skill trees. Each of the game’s many creatures fulfills a strategic niche, whether that be in combat or in providing unique traversal skills in the game’s many interconnected areas. Monster Sanctuary is exactly what a Pokemon fan looking for more challenge would want, particularly if you’re also a Metroidvania fan.