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Monster Mingle

App review by
Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Make a monster and enjoy interactive free play.

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Young users will enjoy creating their own monster and using it to explore different environments in the app which promotes free play and exploration.

Ease of Play

Simple to use, just tap items in the environment to explore features, then drag a finger on the screen to move the monster around to interact with other monsters.

Violence & Scariness

In the Halloween themed version, pictures of skulls are present, and thunder and lightning sounds can be heard frequently and unexpectedly.

Sexy Stuff
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monster Mingle is a paid education app for young kids. Kids create their own unique monsters, by finding and tapping different items in the environment, like body parts and accessories, and dragging them towards the monster. Kids then move their monster across the screen to interact with other monsters, as they search for additional accessories and look for other fun, hidden features that change their monsters color or launch it from the sea into the sky. The app doesn't have specific learning goals, but it does encourage kids to participate in open-ended free play using simple cause-and-effect exploration. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

MONSTER MINGLE  encourages little kids to use their creativity and imagination to design a unique, colorful monster. Different body parts and accessories are placed in small bubbles and hidden throughout the app. These bubbles include items like a rainbow-colored unicorn horn, octopus-like feet, googly eyes, wings, hats, horns, beaks, noses, and various body styles. Some body parts are required to access different environment in the app. For example, wings are required for the monster in order to fly. For kids who need hints, small bubbles with the appropriate body part will appear over the monster to prompt users to look for body parts they might be missing, in order to continue to explore the different environments. Kids can find foods along the way to feed their monsters and even hear them burp! Others who like cause/effect play can tap on on items and animals in the environment to hear their unique sounds or see their actions. When monsters drink a magic potion, it will erase or remove all of the accessories and body parts from the monster. 

Is it any good?

This beautifully illustrated app encourages a bit of creativity and free play as they assemble monsters and let them interact. Because it's pretty intuitive, doesn't require reading, and is all about free play, it's great for young kids. Kids will love exploring to look for hidden "Easter eggs" such as a pumpkins that explode into pieces of candy. While Monster Mingle doesn't include specific learning goals, it does offer a fun, interactive place for kids to explore at their own pace and exercise a little creativity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the Monster Mingle promotes creativity and play through exploration. Parents can encourage them to have fun exploring different areas and even create a story as they play.

  • The monsters can "unlock" a large pumpkin that explodes candy and other treats like lollipops and candy canes. What are the rules around eating sweets in your house?

  • Looking for an opportunity to teach kids about being different and unique? While certain features are required for the monster to function, such as finding webbed feet to explore the ocean, or wings to fly, it's a fun app for kids to use their creativity to design a monster that highlights their personality and interests.

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