GSQ4: Tiny terrors

Monster in My Pocket
This week is a perfect time to work my way through the backlog of older Quarterly content that remains to be posted before moving on with our “NES history” book. Today we have Monster in My Pocket, a game that hovered at the periphery of my awareness for years and confused the heck out of me when I started hearing about this crazy phenomenon called “Pocket Monsters” back in the mid ’90s.

7 thoughts on “GSQ4: Tiny terrors

  1. Confused the hell out of me too. Everyone kept saying, “Alright! Pocket Monsters is coming to America!” And I kept thinking, “Why the hell is everyone so excited about Monster in my Pocket?”

  2. Aw man, Monster in my Pocket. I so used to collect those figures when I was young, but I never played its game. I don’t remember if it was because my video stores didn’t have it, or because I was more interested in NES RPGs and SNES rentals in those days.

    I should really rectify this omission in my game playing experiences.

  3. No offence, but from what I got out of it, Monsters In My Pocket was a fairly mediocre NES game. With your one form of attack, it felt quite repetitive, and it was fairly easy. You could try to say the same of Duck Tales, but that has so much more, like exploration, the pogo jumping is more addicting than a standard attack, etc. Monsters In My Pocket is OK, but it’s nowhere near the great NES licensed games, like Bucky O’ Hare or Ducktales.

  4. There was an episode of Duck Tales where Scrooge had Gryo build him a bunch of Batman style gear so he could be a super hero. I believe one those gadgets WAS a pogo cane.

  5. I still have the special monster that came with this game. I’m not really sure why I bought it new though. It was just one of those games where you went to Toys R Us and begged your parents for the first game that looked cool. That’s also how I ended up with Yo Noid and Fester’s Quest. Ugh.

  6. Monster in my Pocket is a secret gem of the NES era. Sure, it’s easy and all, but it’s such a well made game that it doesn’t matter. It also does some pretty impressive tricks for the NES, and the music… oh the music.

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