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MonstroCity: Rampage

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Strategy/city-planning monster game wreaks mild havoc.

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Finally, a mobile game for that little kid who wished Godzilla was his BFF. In MonstroCity: Rampage, you take control of giant monsters and command them to attack a city of some other player's making. In doing so, you earn the resources you need to build your own city ... which some other player will try to destroy in their game. But don't worry, because what happens in their game stays in their game. As you progress, you can upgrade both your buildings and your monsters, as well as take on challenges to earn even more resources to, well, you know how this works.

As fun as this may sound, though, it's not the most original game. Not only does this blatantly rip off King Kong, Godzilla, and the classic arcade game Rampage (which was already a rip-off of King Kong and Godzilla), but there's not much to the city construction parts that hasn't been seen in other sci-fi themed city planning games. The controls are also occasionally twitchy and thus inaccurate when you're trying to control your beast. But what redeems this game is that instead of having your monster do battle against other people's creatures, you pit them against other their cities, which makes building, maintaining, and upgrading yours more than just a chore you do so you can earn resources. Because of this -- and, yes, because of the love of King Kong, Godzilla, and wanton destruction -- it's possible to spend a fair amount of time in MonstroCity: Rampage, but not nearly as much as if the game were deeper or more original.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 7, 2019
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Publisher: Alpha Dog Games
  • Version: 1.2.3
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: July 26, 2021

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