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MonstroCity: Rampage

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Strategy/city-planning monster game wreaks mild havoc.

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Ease of Play

The basics of the game are easy to understand, but the controls of the game can be twitchy and inaccurate, which can frustrate players.

Violence & Scariness

While players command giant monsters to smash a city, you never see anyone getting stepped on, so there's no blood or gore.

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Consumerism

Players earn various kinds of in-game currency by playing, watching adds, or by buying bundles of it in the game's store. This currency is used to keep playing when you run out of turns, to make and upgrade monsters, and to improve your city.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MonstroCity: Rampage is a strategy and city building game for iOS and Android devices. Players use simple touch controls to command giant monsters to destroy a city. Doing so earns players resources they can use to build up their own city and improve their monsters. But while a lot of buildings get destroyed, you never see anyone getting hurt or killed, so there's no blood or gore. There's also no inappropriate content in the game. While you can earn the resources needed to build or improve your monsters and buildings by playing, you can also earn them by watching ads or by purchasing bundles in the game's store. 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?

In MONSTROCITY: RAMPAGE, you use some giant monsters under your control to get revenge on Dr. Spotnick by, uh, destroying lots of buildings. Honestly, your quest for vengeance on Dr. Spotnick is really just a flimsy excuse to build a city and to send your monsters out to destroy other people's cities so you can get the resources needed to, well, build up your city and make more monsters.

Is it any good?

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 this works.

As fun as this all 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 is that instead of having your monster do battle against other people's creatures, you instead 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 if the game was deeper or more original.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in MonstroCity: Rampage affected by the lack of blood and gore shown, even though you're destroying cities? Do you think not showing the consequence of your actions is a problem, or would showing people being hurt not fit this game's cartoony approach?

  • While you can get resources by spending real money or watching ads, you can also earn them by playing, so how do you decide when to spend money on a free game, when to watch ads, and when to just earn what you need through playing?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions and ads
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 7, 2019
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Size: 260.70 MB
  • Publisher: Alpha Dog Games
  • Version: 1.2.3
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: November 13, 2019

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