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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Cassette Beasts (2023) is a turn-based collecting and battling game where you use retro cassette tapes to transform your character into different creatures. It's similar to Pokemon. You explore the dense island and solve environmental puzzles, win turn-based fights, and form relationships with the islanders. It stands out for the intricate, nuanced battle system and how you can combine two monsters to form a new one with unique powers and abilities.

You find yourself on a mysterious island with no idea of how to get home. Setting out to find where you are, you soon encounter a group of adventurers with similar stories to yours. However, they use magical cassette tapes to transform into the island's monster inhabitants. You decide to join their community, using your transformations to fight and protect yourselves as you explore every inch of the island in search to find a way home.

Play involves interacting with the diverse characters you meet, exploring the island, moving from place to place by yourself or with a friend, and completing small puzzles to reach new areas. When you encounter a monster, you record it on your cassette tape and can then transform it into it during turn-based battles with other monsters. Each monster has specific attacks that work with particular types of adversaries.

On top of this, you can combine two recorded monsters into a single, unique monster that possesses special moves, statistics, and attacks. In addition to individual monster attacks, this opens the door to more strategies as you try out different combinations and the moves they possess.

The result is a novel game that combines a dense and richly detailed world brimming with puzzles and secrets with a deep and involved combat system where experimentation and ambition are key to success. Cataloguing new monster species and then experimenting with new moves and fusions is both fun and a unique way to engage with the world.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Cassette Beasts 13 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle, Collecting and Role-Play game with Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game. After the initial introduction, you can play the entire story together with another player locally, battling and collecting different monsters as a duo. The second player can join or leave at any time, and if they're not playing, the second character is controlled by the game but continues to follow you around.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 16 hours and 19 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Fear, Mild Violence and Implied Violence.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. There are nuances and intricacies to the battle system with its many synergies and details, and the overworld is dense and full of small puzzles.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.

CostsCosts

Cassette Beasts usually costs £0 to £17.99. 

Cassette Beasts

XBox Store Xbox One £16.74 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store PC £16.74 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Switch Store Switch £17.99
Steam Store PC £16.75
App Store iOS Free
XBox Store Xbox X|S Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
You can buy extra cosmetics for your characters, which come with the Deluxe edition on consoles. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 26/04/2023, updated in 2023

Price: Free

Out Now: PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (8 online)

Genres: Battle, Collecting, Role-Play (Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative)

Accessibility: 25 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night and Pixels

Developer: Bytten Studio (@ByttenStudio)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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