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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Monster Island is a trajectory-based puzzle game that draws from Angry Birds for inspiration. The animation is lighthearted and there's no blood, despite the game's violent nature. And though the game is full of explosions, the characters are all "monsters" who grimace, dance, and act in other cartoonish fashions. Parents should be aware of the in-app purchase potential, which some kids have abused in other games. Also, users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is it any good?
Borrowing heavily from Angry Birds and Fragger, MONSTER ISLAND adds an extra layer of cartoon absurdity as characters try to blow up other monsters. There's no story to the game, per se, but it's very well animated. And despite taking some trial and error to master, it's not overly complicated and very welcoming. The problem with the game is it's derivative and doesn't really advance the genre. And the coins you work so hard to collect don't have a lot of use, except for buying unlocks for levels or cheats -- something you likely don't need if you're able to amass coins. (You can also unlock other monsters to play as, but that's nothing that affects gameplay.)
It's a fun diversion and will keep you busy for quite a while, but won't prove to be an all-time great.
For kids who love puzzles
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