THE GOOD: - More of the battling, breeding and exploring that fans of the series have grown to love. - Has an overall surprising uniqueness to it. - Interesting new Caravan and Reforming systems for a fresh new spin on strategy. - Heaps of human party members to recruit to fight alongside your monsters. - Pleasant and effective graphics. - One of the first Dragon Quest Monsters games to actually contain a plot (though not an especially complex one). - Has aged very well both graphically and gameplay-wise.
THE BAD: - Never released outside of Japan and so very difficult to play and enjoy without any knowledge of Japanese or an English fan translation. - The rations system heavily constricts gameplay early on in the game and may alienate less persistent players. - Dialogue is awkward and confusing in places. - The rate at which enemy difficulty rises is sporadic and jumpy instead of a smooth and stable progression. - Somewhat lacking on the content side of things.