Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park

Common Sense Media says

Cute mini-games collection showcasing monsters' pets.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game encourages kids to care for the Moshlings by feeding them, giving them exercise, bathing them, and playing with them. 

Positive role models

The characters are working together to find the lost Moshlings and eggs, and to rebuild the theme park. Glumps (the "bad guys") spit on you during games (and damage your health) if you don't remove them first.

Ease of play

Most of the games are familiar styles and are easy to play on the basic levels. There are some activities that could use a bit more explanation/direction, but kids should be able to figure it out. Higher levels of the mini-games may be challenging, especially for younger kids. A few of the nurturing games, which are not required to move on to the next level, ask players to blow into the microphone. This is hit-or-miss and may cause frustration, especially for younger players.

Violence & scariness

Several of the games require you to remove the Glumps, often by knocking them out with a pie, ball, or other object. There is also a "Thump-a-Glump" game that is similar to the "Whack-a-Mole" games at arcades where you hit the Glumps with a mallet. It's mild, cartoony violence.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game is based on a popular online virtual world and is part of a large franchise of related toys, games, and other objects. Codes generated during the game encourage kids to sign up for the online virtual world, which is free with a paid component.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park is a mini-game adventure based on characters from a popular MoshiMonsters online virtual world. The game begins by asking kids to navigate a plane through a lightning storm. They inevitably crash as the scenario gets more and more challenging. Although all of the Moshi Monsters survive, their pet Moshlings are scattered around an abandoned theme park for you to find. Some kids might find the concept upsetting. Parents should note that Nintendo cautions letting kids 6 and under use the 3D mode. Parents can turn off that option in the device's Parental Controls.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • work to achieve goals

Emotional Development

  • persevering
  • developing resilience

What Kids Can Learn

Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. 

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • work to achieve goals

Emotional Development

  • persevering
  • developing resilience

Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Christy Matte

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What's it about?

MOSHI MONSTERS: MOSHLINGS THEME PARK begins with Moshi Monsters and their pet Moshlings on a plane that crashes near an abandoned theme park. The impact scatters the Moshlings throughout the park, so the Moshi Monsters decide to rebuild the park while searching for their friends. The game consists of 6 levels, each with multiple buildings to repair and/or unlock, and a number of Moshlings and their eggs to find. Each building has a mini-game, a Moshling house, a nursery, or an area to search for Moshlings. The mini-games include pie-throwing, air hockey, a ball drop, and Thump-a-Glump. Each game has five prizes you can unlock, with the first prize typically being a key that allows you to unlock the next building and progress. There are also a few puzzle activities about clearing a path for Moshlings and completing electric circuits to restore a ride. Kids can go on the rides and also play a bonus memory game. They can care for Moshlings by giving them food, exercise, baths, and entertainment.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park is chock-full of games, puzzles, and things to find. The theme is playful and the mini-games are generally fun. Kids have the ability to purchase extra health in each game, which can help them master the higher scores. These are carnival-style games, so none of them require specific knowledge. Each game level is a more difficult version of the level before it, so if there are games you don't like or struggle with, you're out of luck. It is possible to get stuck in a level if you can't reach a certain score, so you may have to play it over and over again. There is a lot of gameplay packed into Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park, and it has a lot of replay value for kids who enjoy the carnival games and puzzles.

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Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
Price:$29.99 (3DS),$24.99 (DS)
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:October 30, 2012
Genre:Mini-games
Topics:Adventures, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS)

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