Monster Dash

Common Sense Media says

Run fast, kill with crazy weapons, don't fall.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Monster Dash is very simple to play: The main character, Barry, automatically runs forward, getting faster and faster. Tap the left corner of the screen to jump, and the right corner to shoot. When Barry runs out of hearts or falls into a pit, he dies.

Violence

Barry kills a variety of monsters -- zombies, vampires, mummies, demons, etc. -- with several different weapons. The violence is nonstop but very cartoonish: For example, the vampires break apart into a cloud of bats when killed. When Barry dies he turns into a pile of bones. Weapons include: shotgun, revolver, submachine gun, machinegun jetpack, a lightning gun, rocket launcher, and a motorcycle to run over enemies.

Sex

You get random comments at the end of a game based on the number of monsters killed in a run, and the comment for killing 69 monsters is "Monster Lurve." This seems to be the only sexual reference in the game.

Language

If you didn't run very far, the comment may include things like "weak" or "loser." Also, one of the weapons you can get is a motorcycle called the "Badass Hog."

Consumerism

There is a link to "More Games" on the main menu as well as a link for news from the developer.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The comment for killing 21 monsters in a run is "Drinking Monsters," but there is no other reference to drinking or drugs in the game.

Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to Open Feint, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers. Users can use Game Center to track achievements instead, which does not have chat and connections to other social media within the app. Some safety concerns. If users opt in to Open Feint they can choose to share their personal information with strangers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Monster Dash is a fast-paced action game about surviving as long as possible while killing monsters along the way. The app has some mild suggestive language and humor, as well as a lot of cartoon violence. There are a few privacy issues with the use of Open Feint, but players can opt for Game Center instead.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Monster Dash wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Monster Dash wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Katie Karsh

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What's it about?

MONSTER DASH is a simple-to-play side-scrolling action game. Hero Barry Steakfries is on the run, shooting monsters and trying to stay alive. Barry runs automatically, getting faster and faster; players control his jumps by tapping the left corner of the screen, and they control his shooting by tapping the left corner of the screen. Along the way, Barry collects weapons to use against the monsters. When he runs out of hearts or falls into a pit, he dies.

Is it any good?

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Monster Dash is a great side-scrolling action game. The controls are simple -- jump or shoot -- as hero Barry Steakfries runs faster and faster. Monsters, spikes, and pits are dangerous, but Barry has his trusty shotgun and can also collect a variety of outlandish weapons, including a machine-gun jetpack that allows him to fly by spraying bullets below him.

After every 1,000 meters, Barry teleports to a different world, facing zombies, vampires, abominable snowmen, and other monsters. There's a great attention to detail in the graphics and animation, and as Barry speeds up it gets more and more challenging to keep up. With a wide variety of achievements, and different comments when you inevitably die, Monster Dash is a very funny, very fun game for older kids and adults.

 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Release date:November 17, 2010
Category:Action Games
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Publisher:Halfbrick Studios
Version:1.25
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Kid, 11 years old Written bytariq1919 September 9, 2011
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ITS REALLY A GOOD GAME

AWESOME GAME SOOO OFF THE HOOOOOOK THE GAME HAS A LOT OF GUNS WEAPONS AND STUFF AND YOU KILL MONSTERS OF ALL SORTS ITS SO COOL

Kid, 9 years old November 27, 2011
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9
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Jetpack Joyride & Monster Dash

I love all halfbrick games including this one. Play Jetpack Joyride it came from this game I cannot stop playing either game.

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