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Mysterious Monsters is a monthly trivia game show where contestants have to fight monsters in an RPG-like battle screen by answering questions in different categories and try to survive through the final round with the most gold. The winner gets to select a prize from the Wall of Fabulous Prizes presented by Salmon Globe along with receiving a Salmon Globe tote bag.

The game show is designed by Isla Hinck, programmed by developer Jason Wishnov from Iridium Studios[1], and hosted by Michael Huber.

History

Mysterious Monsters first started under the working title Huber's Game Show and was revealed as a Patreon goal[2] during Easy Livin' 2018. They followed up the announcement with the release of a playtest teaser[3] under the official name Mysterious Monsters on December 11, 2018.

Despite not meeting the goal on Patreon, they decided to move forward with production after moving into The Studio. The game show premiered on March 19, 2019 ahead of their third anniversary celebration. In addition to the show premiere, they also held the Mysterious Monster Mash, a live version of the game show featuring members of the community as contestants.

After releasing 13 episodes of Mysterious Monsters including the bonus remote Season 1 finale on April 1, 2020, the show went on hiatus due to the global COVID-19 pandemic halting production at The Studio.

On September 17, 2020, Easy Allies announced[4] that as part of their partnership with Roost, some of their series were launching on RoosterTeeth.com. Starting October 21, recent episodes of Mysterious Monsters, the Easy Allies Podcast, Frame Trap, Box Peek, and Achieve It Yourself! would be featured on the site. These shows were selected to serve as an introduction to Easy Allies and for the overall fit with Rooster Teeth's audiences. New episodes will still be posted around the same schedule on the Easy Allies YouTube channel and podcast feeds.

Easy Allies officially returned to The Studio as a group on June 10, 2021. The date coincided with all of the Allies being fully vaccinated and COVID-cleared as well as the first day of E3.

They later teased that Season 2 of Mysterious Monsters was in production with new gameplay updates and new guests. The season 2 premiere debuted on September 27, 2021 along with some new patch notes detailing changes to the game show.

Game Mechanics

Format

Rounds 1&2

Each player starts the game with 15 HP and 20 G, and they take turns choosing one of the five monsters on screen, representing the different trivia categories. Then they pick a weak point and a question will be revealed along with a number representing the damage value, ranging from 1 to 8 depending on its difficulty. If they answer correctly, the monster takes damage and the player earns ten times the value in gold. However, when a player does not answer correctly, they will take the damage instead.

When a monster is defeated, the player takes 20 times the value in gold instead, and all the players who did damage to it get a "Lucky Loot" shot, one per correct answer.

After three monsters have been defeated, or fled due to not having remaining weak points and not receiving enough damage, players advance to the next round while keeping their items, HP, gold, and any effect already in place.

Round 3

In this round the players will fight a final boss all at once, but before it starts they have a final chance to buy items from the Shop, which they can use at any time.

The host will ask various questions in rapid-fire style, and in order to answer, the contestants have to hit a box with an axe, whoever does so first. If they're correct, they'll do damage and earn gold as usual, and the host will proceed to the next question. If they're wrong, the other players will have the opportunity to buzz in to answer the current question.

When the boss is defeated, it will change into its final form for a numerical question. Players will have ten seconds to hit the box as many times as they want, and the number of hits counts as their final answer. All players will get gold, ranging from 0 to 200 depending on how close they are to the correct answer.

Finally, the player with the highest amount of gold wins the game. The winner gets to choose a prize from The Fabulous Wall of Prizes, courtesy of sponsor Salmon Globe.


Actions

Name
Cost
Effect
Analyze (Season 1) 10 Reveals the difficulties of a monster's weak points
Pin-Point Strike (Season 2) 10 Target a specific difficulty value on a monster
Uneasy Alliance 20 A competitor suggests an answer, if the player takes it and it's right they both get gold


Items

Before picking a monster or a question, players can exchange gold for various items from the Shop, with the exception of the Hyper Strike which can only be acquired via the Lucky Loot board. Items can be used at any time and on any target before answering a question.

Name
Cost
Effect
Equipment
Wolf's Pelt of Perception (Season 1) 30 Grants the wearer the Analyze action for free
Wolf's Pelt of Precision (Season 2) 50 Grants the wearer free Pin-Point Strikes
Cowl of Consistency 50 Grants 20 bonus gold for every consecutive correct answer starting on the third
Cursed Amulet of the Three 50 Grants triple kill bonus instead of double
Huber's Hammer of Hype 70 Grants 1 extra damage and 10 extra gold for each correct answer
Skull of Sacrifice (Season 2) 7 Max HP Sets your Max HP to 8 in exchange for 70g
  • Provided 100g in S2E2 only
Consumables
Lesser Healing Potion 20 Restores 5 HP
Greater Healing Potion 40 Restores 15 HP
Double Damage Token 50 Doubles the damage value for one question
Huber's Hyper Strike 0 Grants a free hit for one question


Lucky Loot

When a monster is killed, all players that dealt damage to it earn a chance to drop a ball in a pachinko board, and depending on where the ball lands they take the loot as indicated.

  • Gold Bonus (10 G, 30 G, 40 G)
  • Health Restoration (automatically heals 5 HP)
  • Lesser Healing Potion (Season 1)
  • Double Damage Token
    • Provides 20g once inventory runs out
  • Huber's Hyper Strike
    • Provides 50g after Huber's Hyper Strike is exhausted


The Witch

Played by Isla, the Witch revives a player that has fallen in combat for half of their gold into full health, but only during the first two rounds. She also shares her wisdom on-screen showing brief descriptions of items and mechanics during gameplay, and off-screen when discussing a particular question. Previously known as The Wizard in Season 1.


Monsters

Picture
Name
Category
Enemies
MM-TheAnimonster.png The Animonster (Season 2) Anime
Food Freako Food
MM-TheGamesIndustry.png The Games Industry Game business and development
Horrible Historian History and geography
MM-LoquaciousLocust.png Loquacious Locust Vocabulary and grammar
MM-ModernMiscreation.png Modern Miscreation Modern video games
Movie Monster Films
MM-MusicalMiscreant.png Musical Miscreant Music
MM-PoisonTongue.png Poison Tongue Famous quotes
MM-Portmantoad.png Portmantoad (Season 2) Portmanteaus
MM-RetroRampager.png Retro Rampager Retro video games
Scientific Slime Science
MM-SportsGuy.png Sports Guy Sports
MM-TechnoTerror.png Techno Terror Technology
MM-TeleVampire.png Tele-Vampire Television
MM-Trickster.png Trickster Trick questions and riddles
Final Boss
MM-MixedUpMonstrosity.png The Mixed-Up Monstrosity Takes questions from all previous monsters


Season 2 Patch Notes

  • Analyze is no longer available and is replaced by Pin-Point Strike
  • The difficulty values of a monster are now shown, however players must still choose a weakpoint without knowing its specific difficulty unless a player uses a Pin-Point Strike
  • The lovely Wizard is now the lovely Witch
  • Two new monsters, The Animonster and Portmantoad, have been added
  • The Trickster will now appear in every game
  • Questions in the final round will now have their categories displayed
  • New item, The Skull of Sacrifice has been added
  • A secret addition has been implemented
  • The Lucky Loot board will no longer bestow healing potions
  • Fog machine effects have been added upon a monster being killed

Contestants

Season 1 (2019-20)

Episode
Contestants
Episode 1 Michael Damiani Jessica Lynn Verdi Brandon Jones
Episode 2 Kyle Bosman Noah Rayne Don Casanova
Episode 3 Chris Nguyen Daniel Bloodworth Pam Tsing
Episode 4

Ben Moore

AJ LocCascio

(Voltron)

Matthew Walden

(Better Than Speed)

Episode 5 Erica Lindbeck

(Marvel's Spider-Man)

Ashly Burch

(Horizon Zero Dawn)

Elyse Willems

(GameTrailers, Funhaus)

Episode 6 -
Bitterest of Rivals
Gabby Montoute Ulisses Gurgel Justin Yngelmo
Episode 7 -
Bonds
Brandon Jones Amanda Troop Jessica Lynn Verdi
Episode 8 -
Game Developer Showdown
Asher Vollmer

(Threes, Puzzle Juice, Guildlings)

Felix Park

(Uncharted 4, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy)

Alex Belzer

(God of War, Dungeon Punks, HauntAR)

Episode 9 -
Bad Boy Monster Daddies

Kyle Bosman

Tyler Hutchison

(Dream Daddy)

Bradley Ellis

Episode 10 -
Easy Alliances
Beth May Ben Moore Sean Clinton
Episode 11 -
Band Together - Dawn of Jayne
Tamara Bruketta

(Singer/Songwriter)

Freddie Wong

(Guitar/Bass)

Josh Wolf

(Drums)

Episode 12 -
Game Industry Titans

Michael Damiani

Lawrence Sonntag

(Machinima, Funhaus)

Bruce Greene

(Machinima, Funhaus)

Episode 13 -

Battle of the Bots

Alexa Google Siri

Season 2 (2021)

Episode
Contestants
Episode 1 -

The Fellowship of the Dog!

Ben Moore

Don Casanova

Jack Covell

(Guns of Icarus, Solar Ash)

Episode 2 -

Tricks and Toads!

Michael Damiani

Beth May

Freddie Wong

(RocketJump, Dawn of Jayne)

Credits

Created By:

Hosted By:

Game Programming By:

  • Iridium Studios[5]

Question Writers:

Theme Song By:

Monster and Background Art By:

  • Tobi Bollen
  • Steven Purifoy[8]

Edited, Directed, and Wizarded By:

Camera By:

Lucky Loot Board By:

  • Florip Workshop[9]

Shop Sign and Construction By:

  • Gabrielle Montoute[10]
  • Marissa von Bleicken[11]


Easy Allies
Recurrent Shows Easy Allies ReviewsEasy Allies Previews and ImpressionsDeveloper Showcase
Cup of JonesHuber SyndromeEasy UpdateSpoiler Mode
Mysterious MonstersFast & Loose Internet Talk ShowTrash Babies
The Occasional Board Game ShowMini-Game ChampionsAchieve It Yourself!
Past Shows

RetrospectivesDon't SkipTop 10sTabletop EscapadesFiasconauts
Game SleuthCheckin' OutPort ReportTales From JapanThe Gen That Was
And For That ReasonThe Fancy FifteenShow and TellSoundtrack Club
Brandon Plays PokémonBrandon Sun, Kyle MoonTrailer JonesMindful Games
The Busted TrifectaDon's Design LabDon's Discount GamingDon the Beat
Huber's Prison of LoveHunting HuberBox PeekNever Too Late to Dreamcast

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