Monster Train – Overview

Written by Marcello TBL

Monster Train Overview

Set on a train ride to hell, this highly replayable strategy game with a twist features three vertical battlegrounds to defend at a time in solo play and competitive multiplayer.

Monster Train


Hell has frozen over. Only you can protect the last Pyre from the forces of heaven and make the underworld burn once more. Monster Train brings a new strategic layer to roguelike deck-building, with three vertical playfields to fight on simultaneously. Build a deck of spells and minions from over 220 cards, plan your route carefully, and position your champions with tactical decision-making to win. Choose your monster clans, recruit powerful units, and mix and match upgrades to fit your playstyle and make your deck even mightier.

Monster Train’s frantic Hell Rush online multiplayer mode lets eight players compete in real-time to see who can defeat heaven the fastest. Take on daily global challenges with special gameplay modifiers to test your skill, and design your own unique custom challenges to share with friends.

Monster Train Key Features

  • Over 220 upgradeable cards with which to build your deck.
  • Choose from five monster clans with unique gameplay and champions.
  • Online real-time competitive multiplayer for up to eight players.
  • Create and share your own custom challenges.
  • With multiple routes to take and decks to build, no playthrough is ever the same!

About the developer

Shiny Shoe is an independent video game development studio dedicated to creating fun and polished experiences for consoles, PC, mobile and online/social streaming environments. Founded in 2011 and based in San Francisco, Shiny Shoe has collaborated with partners including Double Fine, Stoic, Oculus, and Telltale. In addition to traditional games, Shiny Shoe is introducing new types of massively multiplayer experiences like its original titles Death’s Door and the follow-up, community-driven, Mixer streaming-only game, Death’s Door: Aftermath

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Release date & platforms

Monster Train will launch on Steam for Windows PC on May 21. Players can get a taste of the action with a free demo featuring both the Hellhorned & Awoken clans available now on Steam. Below our gameplay video.


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Marcello TBL

Italian Dad in love with Turn-Based RPGs and Indie Games. In 2018 he started Turn Based Lovers and now he can't live without it.

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