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Monster Collections Plus (怪獸總動員 加強版), or Pokémon - Pocket Monsters Action on the English version's cart label, is an undumped Pokémon-themed virtual board game released by SKOB for the Game Boy Color, possibly in either 2000 or 2001 at the earliest. Unlike SKOB's more well known Game Boy Color games (i.e., Final Fantasy X: Fantasy War, Pocket Monsters Crystal), which were likely developed by BBD, this game is clearly developed by a different development team and uses originally composed music. It is presumed to be a follow up to Guai Shou Zong Dong Yuan (怪獸總動員), which is only known to have been released in Chinese as of writing. Monster Collections Plus is currently the only known Game Boy Color SKOB game not developed by BBD to be released in English.

Both the Chinese and English versions are currently undumped. Contributing to that is the strong copy protection used in copies of the game and most of SKOB's other Game Boy Color games that makes them non-functional in emulators and flashcarts. Fortunately, a substantial amount of gameplay footage from the English version is currently available online.

Overview[]

Monster Collections Plus ENG Player Select

Character select screen.

The game is a board game that directly clones gameplay mechanics from the video game series Culdcept, which is essentially a hybrid of a board game and collectible card game. When starting a new game, you can choose to play as the three main characters from the original Pokémon anime, who all have their ages listed and are given different names in the English version: Misty ("San"), who is 16 years old; Brock ("Hunter"), who is 18 years old; and Ash Ketchum ("Stone"), who is 14 years old. You are then provided the option to give your selected character a different name, with their name on the character select screen being set by default.

Monster Collections Plus ENG Nicholas

"Archenemy" screen, featuring "Nicholas".

Once the name for your character is confirmed, the game shows a map screen that shows where the game is about to start. On a new game, the first location selected is Farm Land. After confirming the location, the game will show you the opponent, or as it is said in the English version, "archenemy", you're about to play against. At the very least, the first two opponents, "Nicholas" and "Prescott", are characters from the Digimon Adventure anime. You have the option to manage your card deck before each battle starts.

The final opponent you face off against is James from Team Rocket, or "Jesbi" as he is called in the English version of the game, in Devil Land. Once all opponents are defeated and the game is saved, if you choose to not let the game "shut down" the system, the game will play an ending and credits sequence.

Credits[]

Taken from the English version of the game:

STAFF

Screenplay: BINJAN

Program: BINJAN

Graphics: JS, PHENIX SHIEH, BINJAN

Music/Sound: BINJAN

Tools: JS

Test: PHENIX SHIEH

Special Thanks: LUCKY, CHARLIE, GBDK

Presented by SKOB

© 2000

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Trivia[]

  • The English version of Monster Collections Plus is known to have been circulated in Southeast Asia. In general, though, this version of the game is very uncommon to find.
  • The GBDK credit in the special thanks section of the credits sequence may be referring to the GBDK homebrew software development kit for the Game Boy (specifically, the original version from before it got rebooted in 2020).

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