Conclusion: While it may sound cool, Monster Rancher is repetitive, and as a result the gameplay can get rather dull. Training your chosen companion doesn’t require much from you, and for the most part you can let your monster battle on its own, so it’s possible to zone out and still be successful. Of course, if you’re the type that has to “collect ‘em all” so to speak, this game certainly offers plenty of creatures to discover.
Summary: I spent a bit too long playing Monster Rancher , trying to make sure I covered as much as possible in the game (finding all the monsters takes a very long time) and completing the core game with the full monster monty. Monster Rancher DS is a game that will delight its core fans and not too steeped in Monster Rancher history to be a complete mystery to newcomers. I do not think MRDS has a broad audience but it should satisfy most who give it a chance.