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Monster Train Review

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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.


Monster Train is a turn-based fighting game played on a train to hell. Through a series of rounds, you collect cards which summon monsters or special moves to stop enemy armies from getting to and destroying your pyre. Because the pyre is at the top of the train, and you can only place your defences on the levels below, it offers an unusual combination of card selection and geographical strategy.

You collect cards (which require energy to use) as you play, helping you progress through the ever-harder levels. There are five different decks to collect, of which you use two per fight. Each deck has unique strengths and abilities which can help you in different scenarios.

You choose the route of the train which determines which levels you play. Each level offers a different challenge and a variety of cards to collect. These not only grant you new monsters but unique upgrades to your team.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 21/05/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Shiny Shoe Games (@ShinyShoeGames)


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Duration: It takes between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. Each level is relatively short, most being over in a few turns. This means you can complete plenty in a single play session, and because of the many levels on offer, you can spend over an hour playing.
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 8 players online. You can also play online in all against all fights against 7 other players, where knowledge of, and adaptability to, all different play styles and decks will help you emerge victorious.


Monster Train usually costs £19.99.

Monster Train

XBox Store Xbox One £19.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.


In Monster Train there are no difficulty settings initially available, but harder difficulties can be unlocked as well as mutations that provide you many ways that you can customize the game which can make it easier or harder and tune the difficulty to how it best suits you

The Static Battle Backgrounds and Camera Shake off options can be found in the Accessibility menu before the game begins, but are not part of an onboarding process and cannot be changed in the middle of a battle. A Deuteranopia colorblind mode is available.

While the UI Scale setting offers a Large option, the text size is still fairly small when enabled.

The game autosaves progress on the run between each battle, but there is no save option during a battle.
Our Monster Train Accessibility Report documents 30 accessibility features:

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