Paper Monsters

Common Sense Media says

Family-friendly platformer with secrets to discover.






What parents need to know

Ease of play

Players move around using a virtual directional pad, and by tapping the screen to jump. A fair amount of dexterity is required, but controls are responsive.

Violence & scariness

Players defeat common enemies by jumping on top of them. Players occasionally encounter bombs and artillery, but there is no gore or graphic violence. Monsters disappear in puffs of shredded paper when defeated.

Sexy stuff
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Players collect buttons in the game to unlock new avatar outfits; they can also buy buttons through in-app purchases. Packs of buttons range in cost from $.99 to $2.99.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players on iOS devices can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. 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. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Paper Monsters is a side-scrolling platform-jumping arcade game set in a world where everything -- including the hero and bad guys -- is constructed out of paper and cardboard. Paper Monsters supports in-app purchases of "buttons" (which unlock new outfits for the character to wear) in bundles costing between $.99 and $2.99. There's no gore in this family-friendly title, but players will occasionally encounter bombs. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn



  • work to achieve goals

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn



  • work to achieve goals

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

Paper Land was a happy place to live until the Paper Monsters showed up. Only the cardboard hero can stop them. Kids will use their thumbs on the touch screen to run and jump through Paper Land, fighting off the monsters, collecting gold and silver buttons, and discovering secret places. The app offers directions and tips during play in brown boxes marked with question marks.

Is it any good?


PAPER MONSTERS is an enjoyable game that offers a lot of variety in its 16 levels, which go beyond the standard running and jumping to also include flying and underwater exploration, boss battles, and puzzles that require players to push boxes, flip switches, and more in order to advance. Extra curious players will be rewarded with plenty of hidden areas and secrets to discover, too. The paper aesthetic is fun and imaginative as well.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:February 7, 2012
Category:Arcade Games
Size:96.50 MB
Publisher:Crescent Moon Games
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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