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Videogamer: Monster Lab Hands-on Preview

Videogamer writes: What would you get if you spliced a Tim Burton film with Final Fantasy? Monster Lab, the upcoming Wii and DS game from Backbone Vancouver, that's what. We trotted along to publisher Eidos' London HQ to find out if this is a match made in heaven, or an experiment gone wrong.

Monster Lab fuses basic turn-based Final Fantasy-style battles with a healthy dose of monster creation in a setting that rekindles memories of Tim Burton's superb animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas. While the game looks like it will only be of interest to younger Wii and DS owners, there's a lot there that will appeal to more hardcore gamers too. The battles require some strategy and planning, and, I'm told, there are 100 million combinations of monsters possible. That's just crazy.

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