Monster Tale, on top of its meaty gameplay, is aesthetically pleasing, too. It has a cutesy vibe to it, but the style fits the theme as the characters are either cartoon monsters or children. The animations are nice and smooth, and the sound effects are vivid enough that when you smack a club-wielding alligator monster in the face, you know it. It’s a simple, cartoony design that pulls together the fantasy world the developers have created, and it works really well. All in all, this is not a game to be missed if you’re not ready to abandon your well-worn DS for the shiny new 3D version.