Monsters Love Gum

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Frantic, Hungry Hippo-like fun for up to four on one iPad.

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Educational Value

Monsters Love Gum wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

All you really need to do in order to play is tap your character. If you choose to use the power-ups (which will slow down your opponents), then there's a little more strategy to figure out. In single-player modes, the AI characters don't hold back.

Violence & Scariness

You can toss bombs at other players, or shock their side of the board with electricity. The only result of doing such things is that your opponent will be "stunned" for a few seconds and unable to pick up gumballs in that time.

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Language
Consumerism

You'll be asked if you'd like to try or purchase the other game apps from the publisher.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monsters Love Gum is a frantic four-player game, reminiscent of Hungry, Hungry Hippos. It involves four players -- on one iPad -- tapping their monsters to suck in gumballs that roll around in the center of the "board." Where it gets different is in the power-ups you can earn, like bombs, tornadoes, or shock waves, each of which you can direct at a specific opponent to stun for a few seconds. You can play with fewer than four people, but the computer-controlled opponents can play pretty tough at times.

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What's it about?

Playing is simple: Just tap your character to gobble up gumballs rolling across the screen. Kids can also choose to use the power-ups to slow down their three opponents, who are either other players on the same iPad or AI characters. There's a little strategy involved with deciding to use power-ups, which include bombs, tornadoes, or shock waves, each of which you can direct at a specific opponent to stun for a few seconds.

Is it any good?

MONSTERS LOVE GUM plays a lot like a computerized, modernized version of Hungry, Hungry Hippos -- and that's not a complaint. Any decent game that allows multiple players on one iPad is a welcome addition to the App Store -- and it's a major bonus when they're genuinely a lot of fun, like this one is. What makes it great is how simple it is. The game's "anybody-can-play" controls mean that kids can compete on an even plane with their parents. Younger siblings stand just as much a chance of winning as their older counterparts. Of course, the game is more fun when all four player slots are filled by live people than when you're competing against AI adversaries, but the need to keep each match at four players is understandable, considering the nature of the gameboard.  

App details

For kids who love iPad play

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