Master of Monsters

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Master of Monsters
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Toshiba EMI (JP), Renovation Products (US)
Original system(s): PC-8801
Publisher(s) of original games: SystemSoft
Developer(s) of original games: SystemSoft
Genre: Simulation

Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥7,800 T-63013
Sega Mega Drive
$69.99[1] 49156

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Master of Monsters (マスター・オブ・モンスターズ) is a 1988 strategy game by SystemSoft for the PC-88, ported to various other Japanese computers. In 1991, Toshiba EMI had it ported it to the Sega Mega Drive and published it in Japan. Toshiba EMI also introduced a new soundtrack composed by Koichi Sugiyama, Hayato Matsuo, and Hitoshi Sakimoto.

Unlike most, if not all other, SystemSoft games (including this game's various sequels), this version was actually released outside Japan — published in America by Renovation Products.

The original Master of Monsters went on to spawn a long-lasting series of games. One sequel on the Saturn, Master of Monsters: Neo Generations, was released in 1996.

A European release was planned by Ubisoft[3] but it did not materialise.


The game plays similarly to the Daisenryaku games. After choosing a level and setting up team parameters, you can play the game. Selecting one of your monsters and hitting C allows you to control that particular monster, while selecting any space and hitting A allows you to do various battle-related things. Battles appear to be fully automated.

Production credits

  • Executive Producer: Takahiko Nagashima
  • Producer: Yoshihiko Ohhashi
  • Director: Yutaka Katsura
  • Sound Producer: Koichi Sugiyama
  • Sound: Hayato Matsuo, YMOH.S
  • Planner: Hidefumi Ohara
  • Programmer: Naoki Morishima, Hiroyuki Fujiwara, Satoru Miki
  • Graphic: Hiroshi Akagi, Atsuhiro Gunji, Ken Takagi, Kiyoto Yoshimura, Taku Nakayama, Reiko Yoshida
  • Manual: Zenichi Sato, Miki Nakagawa
Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Master of Monsters/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 030.pdf

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #30: "January 1992" (199x-xx-xx)

BeepMD JP 1991-02.pdfBeepMD JP 1991-02.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-02: "February 1991" (1991-01-08)

BeepMD JP 1991-03.pdfBeepMD JP 1991-03.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-03: "March 1991" (1991-02-08)

BeepMD JP 1991-06.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-06: "June 1991" (1991-05-08)

BeepMD JP 1991-07.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-07: "July 1991" (1991-06-08)
also published in:

BeepMD JP 1991-08.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-08: "August 1991" (1991-07-08)

BeepMD JP 1991-09.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-09: "September 1991" (1991-08-08)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
73 [5]
77 [6]
73 №138, [1]
60 №1991-08, p88
28 №18, p66
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
5 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Master of Monsters MD US Box Back.jpgMasterofMonsters MD US Box.jpg
MasterofMonsters MD US Cart.jpg
Master of Monsters MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, JP
MasterofMonsters MD JP Box.jpg
MasterofMonsters MD JP CartTop.jpg
MasterofMonsters MD JP Cart.jpg
Masterofmonsters md jp manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 91354820
MD5 6fd2ba6b00c102debe3dcbe6257656c1
SHA-1 28f38617911a99504542b30f70c0d9c81996ef65
512kB 1991-05 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 d51ee8c2
MD5 1b6e81696b813d5dfe3528df043f86ba
SHA-1 ca62d376be5cc7b944bbe9b5f2610f8bb55a2fed
512kB 1991-05 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
1991-04-26 Page


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