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Monster Rancher

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Title Screen

Monster Rancher

Also known as: Monster Farm (JP)
Developer: Tecmo
Publisher: Tecmo
Platform: PlayStation
Released in JP: July 24, 1997
Released in US: November 30, 1997

MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

To do:
  • Is the hidden music track from one of Tecmo's horse racing games?

Monster Rancher has a rather unique mechanic where the player must use others CDs to get new monsters. Then, these monsters are used for raising, breeding, and battling.

Hidden CD Track

Track 2 of the CD contains this crazy techno music. This is likely a filler track borrowed from another game.

Animation Viewer

Contained on the game's disc is a PS executable named ANM3DCHK.EXE, which would have allowed developers to see 3D animations. To boot this program, you need to change the BOOT parameter in SYSTEM.CNF to load this executable instead.


Monster Rancher anm3dchk.png

This is the first screen upon booting the executable. This menu can be controlled with the D-Pad, and pressing Circle switches the next page.

Menu Text Explanation Notes
MAIN Select 3D model When selecting "BORNFIRE", "CANDOL", "ICE", or "ICE DUMMY" on this menu, the viewer freezes.
SUB Select the texture for the 3D model.
MON GLOW Changes the monster growth parameter.
MON FAT Changes the monster fat parameter.
STAGE Select the background.
WAPPEN Select a patch.
TYPE Select the model type; IKUSEI (育成; Growth) or BATTLE.

3D Check Screen

Monster Rancher anm3dchk 2.png

Displays the 3D check screen after the load screen. It can do as follows:

  • D-Pad to move camera around the screen.
  • Square/Circle to rotate the camera.
  • L1/L2 to zoom in/out.
  • Triangle/Cross to increase/decrease ANIME NO.
  • Start to switch to STILL MODE/AUTO PLAY. STILL MODE stops the animation.
  • Select to switch to CONFIG MODE.


Monster Rancher anm3dchk 3.png

CONFIG MODE can change the background used for the viewer. Press Select to switch the first screen.

Menu Text Explanation
GROUND Enable/Disable show background.
COL RED Background color
COL GREEN Background color
COL BLUE Background color

Regional Differences

Japan US
Monster Rancher JP title.png Monster Rancher-title.png

The background art in the title screen is zoomed in and focused on with a flare, removing the emblem on the right. The resolution is slightly higher in the US version. The copyright statement also has a different font.