Monster Soup

Common Sense Media says

Puzzle game is cute and unique but lacks replayability.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

The core concept of this game is very simple: Players slide their fingers across strings of matching-colored monsters to create the most, and longest, strings possible in the time limit.

Violence & scariness

A couple still images depict Plubert, the bad guy, with a menacing demeanor and holding a cartoon ray gun, but he never uses it.

Sexy stuff
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A button in the game's main menu allows players to see and purchase other apps from the same publisher.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, 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.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Monster Soup is an inventive puzzle game that takes place in the "Soup System" galaxy. Players are tasked with rescuing the tiny creature inhabitants of the system from an overpowering enemy who aims to freeze everything in the galaxy. Although it is a seemingly involved plot, the gameplay itself is a basic puzzle game in which players slide their fingers across strings of matching-colored creatures. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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MONSTER SOUP earns its keep because of the cute, cartoon-style aesthetic and the one-of-a-kind storyline, in spite of the fact that the game itself is very basic and simplistic in nature. Additionally, the gameplay mechanic is more aggravating than challenging, since there is no way to prevent the ice from encompassing the screen. It provides little incentive for players to try to master the game. The presentation is well done, and it does offer a unique, different experience. There's just little to no reason to keep coming back to this game time after time.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:June 22, 2011
Category:Family Games
Size:14.20 MB
Publisher:Kieffer Bros.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later

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