Create a Monster HD

Common Sense Media says

Kids' imaginations will soar with this creature designer.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

This app is intuitive enough to begin drawing without the tutorial, but adjusting to the controls takes some time. The app includes 12 options for most features (bodies, noses, mouths, ears), 24 eyes, and additional accessories such as horns, antennas, wrinkles, freckles, and necklaces. Most of the features are available in 12 different colors. Saved pictures go to your photos, and can be printed or shared.

Violence & scariness

Monsters created with this app could be scary, with fangs and horns, but most of the designs are more playful or silly.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

A link from the menu screen goes to the developer's website, but additional apps are not advertised.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Saved creations can be shared via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Create a Monster HD allows kids to design portraits of monsters, save their creations to the device's photo storage, and share their pictures on email, Facebook, or Twitter. Kids can choose from a variety of features, such as head shape, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and accessories. Most features include 12 options. The features are available in various colors and can be resized, mirrored, or rotated. Some of the creations could be frightening for younger children.

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This app is great for encouraging creativity and sharing art. The wide variety in colors and features make a multitude of combinations possible. The features are creative and fun; many of the creatures are reminiscent of Monsters, Inc. Some designs may scare younger kids, but being able to control and change creations could help transform kids' fears. It is not possible to draw or design your own features or import graphics or photos from outside the app. However, kids will enjoy seeing their creations framed in the picture gallery. Plus each monster has blinking eyes which makes it appear to be alive -- it's a nice touch!

App details

Release date:May 5, 2011
Size:62.10 MB
Publisher:justfun llc
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 October 20, 2012

create a monster hd

which makes it appear to be alive -- it's a nice touch!
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