Monster Island

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Puzzle borrows from Angry Birds but doesn't advance genre.

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A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

You'll need to use a little strategy and know how best to angle your shots to win, but the app is very clear in its directions and easy to pick up. 

Violence

There's plenty of cartoon violence as your character throws bombs to get rid of scowling monsters. There's no blood, though, and the violence is less graphic than a game of Angry Birds.

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Consumerism

A link on the main menu page takes users to a page showcasing more games by the developer. Users are able to purchase additional in-game coins to buy monsters, unlock new puzzles, or see solutions to challenging puzzles for prices ranging from 99 cents to $15. (Those coins can also be earned in-game.)

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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.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byguy12351 March 16, 2014

the aim isnt to kill

this is areal time strategy game where you try to destory the nexus. killing is not the goal in every game with violence in it.

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. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $.99
  • Release date: September 22, 2011
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 18.70 MB
  • Publisher: Miniclip
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.3 or later

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