Monster Meltdown

Common Sense Media says

Simple teleporting game with puzzle element, mild violence.

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What parents need to know

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. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

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).

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:March 7, 2013
Category:Puzzle Games
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Size:90.80 MB
Publisher:Ambient Studios
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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