Monster Meltdown

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Simple teleporting game with puzzle element, mild violence.

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Educational Value

Monster Meltdown wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The play mechanics are straightforward and easy to learn, but the game presents enough challenges -- especially in earning extra stars -- that it's not exactly easy once you get past the early levels. 

Violence

Yuri and the monsters can be zapped by electricity. Yuri, additionally, can die in poisonous gas or by touching the monsters. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monster Meltdown is a puzzle game that requires fast hands and quick thinking. The game's basic teleport technique is easy to grasp, but players still must move quickly to take advantage of windows of opportunity. There's some violence -- in that players and monsters can both die in a variety of ways, but never with gore or blood. And the monsters aren't particularly scary in the game (though they might startle very young players in the introduction).

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What's it about?

As Yuri, a maintenance man turned monster catcher, players will teleport around the screen simply by touching where they want to go. (However, any contact with electricity, poison gas, or the monster will kill Yuri.) Using this power, he must herd monsters into a teleport to capture them. If he can also steer them into the air and onto balconies to collect orbs, he can get bonus stars -- as he can by minimizing his total transports.

Is it any good?

Monster Meltdown could be the start of a new trend in app gaming -- simple teleporting across the screen with minimal controls to learn, but with a fun puzzle element that hooks players. It's a game that seems so simple at first that you wonder why it hasn't been tried before, but the added challenge of completing rounds in just a few teleports while collecting orbs adds a layer of complexity that makes you want to keep going. 

Adding in hazards and certain areas that can't be teleported to instantly only makes the game stickier. Blend it with a peppy Russian soundtrack and some really cute monsters and you've got a good game that borders on great. Our only real complaint is with the visual styling of the game, which for some reason is shown as though the player is watching an old VHS tape.

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