Sometimes a formidable battle of gigantic monsters is just what you need. Godzilla incinerating Tokyo with his atomic breath, King Kong fleeing with beautiful women, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man trampling New York (I say he’s an honorary kaiju, come see me).
They’ve long been an inspiration to games big and small, so much so that there’s even a kaiju themed game jam hosted by Itch.io (opens in a new tab). One of the entries features the best name for a video game in the history of video games – a kaiju dating sim called let’s crush (opens in a new tab).
Another February jam entry will be coming to Steam sometime in 2022. Kaiju Klash is a turn-based monster fighter where you build your own creature, compete in tournaments, and fight for giant monster supremacy. Use a rocket punch from the robot arms emerging from your half-Kong, half-tentacle monster in Pokémon-esque battles, earn cash to buy more monster parts, then return to the cage.
According to Steam (opens in a new tab) page, it features “hundreds of unique monster part combinations” and a “type system [that] allows you to strategize around your opponent’s weaknesses. “The art style is simple but fun, featuring smashed cobra heads on a robot chassis with tentacle arms and cyborg eyes. Different parts give you different abilities that cost a certain amount of action points – the most powerful , You can hug a monster with your snake tail or shoot your laser eyes at what appears to be a huge swarm of bees.
As someone who loves tinkering with battle robot builds (I’m looking at you, Robotrek, underrated gem from the 90s), I could see myself spending a few hours with this one. Playing it on the Steam Deck in the dentist’s office comes to mind, where I’m definitely looking to unleash an atomic blast.