Remember the Monster Rancher series of games? If you weren't around for the glory days of the original Playstation, the gist amounted acquiring and raising monsters which you then used to compete in various battles. Sounds familiar, right? The catch is, the original Monster Rancher, at least in the North American market, pre-dated the first release of Pokemon by nearly a year. What made Monster Rancher super cool was generating monsters was by inserting random CD's into your Playstation. The game would read the disc, and utilize the data on it as a seed to create a monster in game.

This had me raiding any CD collection I could get my hands on to try to see what monsters I could find, and better yet, a basic breeding mechanic allowed for combining of monsters to get even better monsters. Subsequent sequels expanded on this, and for systems that could read DVD media, you could even generate monsters based on DVD movies you tossed in the drive. This might not sound very amazing now, but I assure you, back in the day, it was incredible.

Mobage's My Monster Rancher [Free] just hit the App Store, and while it's nice to see a Monster Rancher game on iOS devices, it's sad to see what it has become. Basically, everything that was cool about the original series has either been replaced or augmented with social friend systems and IAP currency. There's still training and battle elements, along with a few familiar faces for Monster Rancher fans, but, man, I'd love a straight port of one of the older Monster Rancher titles instead.

  • Grummie

    The original ps game had me glued to my tv for hours to days to weeks lol even still pull it now occasionally, will give this a try!

  • http://twitter.com/Rirath Rirath

    Darn, saw this and did a double-take... but it does seem to be a hollow shell of its former self. The amount of depth in the original was awesome.

    Training generation after generation, each time getting a little further and building on past accomplishments, finding tons of hidden content... most gamers probably didn't scratch the surface of what that game offered.

    They missed a real opportunity here. iTunes tracks on the user's device ala Song Summoner could have easily replaced CDs. (Or barcodes, QR codes, etc)

  • http://twitter.com/putermcgee putermcgee

    i too would stick any and every cd in my playstation for this game...and oddly enough, that's what i found most interesting. i never actually played the game part!

  • http://twitter.com/Slimwiggins Thomas Haroldsen

    What happened to classic MR? Finding a rare monster on a disc was liking striking gold. My parents thought I was crazy but I was sucked in. I haven't been impressed with Mobage lately. Guess I'll cross my fingers for some updates to improve MR.

  • epikninja

    When will a good Pokemon-like rpg hit the app store?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1134582760 Nicole Hunter

    I got so excited when I saw this.  That game was my childhood but then I got it and my face just went flat.  It made me almost cry.  Straight port maybe replace DVD stuff with mp3s.  I don't know, but if I could play Monster Rancher again I would be a happy camper.

  • Time91

    So at first I loved this app but I played it for a few hours and I'm very disappointed. This game deffinetly needs updates. I believe to get monster you should have to download apps both free and paid apps. Second just to go battle you have to wait an hour or 2hours that's ridiculous, the original mr you didn't need to wait hours to fight a battle. That deffinetly needs to change and with that bring back the original battle format where you control your monster and their techniques. Third it should not jump right into paying real money to expand. This is an app taking an hour to do one thing is insane. Please really consider what has been said because this could be the best app in the world.

  • Time91

    So at first I loved this app but I played it for a few hours and I'm very disappointed. This game deffinetly needs updates. I believe to get monster you should have to download apps both free and paid apps. Second just to go battle you have to wait an hour or 2hours that's ridiculous, the original mr you didn't need to wait hours to fight a battle. That deffinetly needs to change and with that bring back the original battle format where you control your monster and their techniques. Third it should not jump right into paying real money to expand. This is an app taking an hour to do one thing is insane. Please really consider what has been said because this could be the best app in the world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wayne.ralph.79 Wayne Ralph

    like most i to was addicted to MR i had two tvs one to play the ps1 game and one to watch eps my dad recorded of tv for me i went nuts with cds looking for monsters i like the idea with using barcodes for finding new monsters maybe they might get the idea and make a My Monster Rancher 2 with it