Monster Coloring Book

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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You can skip the in-app purchases on this cute art app.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Between the fill-in and finger-crayon modes, coloring in these monsters should be easy enough for everyone. Adding stickers and patterns is also done with a simple tap or slide.

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The game starts with only a few options. Additional pictures, colors, brushes, stickers, and patterns must be "purchased" with "Monster Bucks." An in-app purchase will allow you to buy additional Monster Bucks at about 1,000 for a dollar. However, the game starts you off with a bank account of 10,000 Monster Bucks, which is enough to buy about three quarters of what's available at the shop. Plus, you can be awarded more free Monster Bucks by performing certain actions within the app, like emailing your picture to a friend. You can do plenty here without ever needing to spend real money.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monster Coloring Book is exactly what it sounds like. Kids can color in sketches of cute (never scary) creatures. They can also further customize their pictures by adding stickers (like lightning bolts, hearts, or word balloons) and patterns (like stripes or polka-dots). Finished pictures can be saved to a gallery, emailed to a friend, or posted on Facebook or Twitter. There are only a handful of drawings to color when you start (and only a small selection of colors, brushes, stickers, and patterns to use), but don't worry about having to spend lots of extra money. You're given a plentiful wallet filled with 10,000 Monster Bucks that can be used to purchase tons of added pics and supplies -- about 75 percent of everything that's currently available. Completionists will need to spend real money to buy extra Monster Bucks, but really, there's plenty to get without ever using an in-app purchase. Just make sure you have disabled in-app purchases from the Options screen of your device so that you stay in control of this process.

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Is it any good?

The imaginatively-designed creatures of MONSTER COLORING BOOK stretch the definition of "monster" in a fun and adorable way. Kids should definitely have a blast putting their own custom touches on these cute creatures. And while the idea of in-app purchases in a paid app might be annoying, any vexation you might have should be offset by the huge amount of in-app money you're provided with from the get-go. With the wallet of Monster Bucks they give you for free, you can easily buy all the extra pictures, plus a good portion of the additional color sets, stickers, and patterns. Of course, future updates may also add more content to buy, in which case you may run out of Monster Bucks. But there are also ways to earn them for free within the app. Those ways are a mystery to be figured out by the players, though. Experiment and look for rewards.

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For kids who love being creative

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