Pudding Monsters

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Clever puzzler falls short in the whimsy department.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to think ahead and solve puzzles. The app focuses chiefly on problem solving in the early levels -- and never gets too difficult, which gives players an incentive to keep playing. Players will have no trouble creating the monsters. The trick is thinking ahead enough to have them land on star squares. Kids will giggle at the Pudding Monster's garbled speech as they learn the importance of planning. 

Ease of Play

The game gives very clear direction, and moving (and amassing) the pudding monsters is fairly easy. The difficulty comes in earning stars. 

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Consumerism

Players can unlock all of the game's levels for $4.99, but can easily accumulate enough points to do so on their own. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pudding Monsters is a puzzle game from the creators of the popular Cut the Rope franchise. While there's a story about puddings in a fridge massing to save their friends, that's never touched on beyond the opening cinematic. The game is without violence, iffy language, or sexuality -- and the commercial aspects are minimal. Players on iOS devices can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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What's it about?

Players must amass their pudding monsters into one giant monster on each level by sliding them across the game board. Different pudding monsters have different skills. Some leave a slime trail that stops others from falling off the screen. Others are asleep and can only be "activated" when another monster runs into them. The trick is less about getting the creatures together and more about doing so in a shape that has them hovering over the level's three stars (since those stars unlock later levels).

Is it any good?

It's not always fair to judge a game by its siblings, but when the developer is the one behind the phenomenon Cut the Rope, there's no avoiding it. Pudding Monsters is a game that desperately wants to be as endearing and adorable as its predecessor, but it simply tries too hard and suffers because of it. 

The play mechanic isn't a bad one, but it's not as addictive as Om Nom's adventures and actually feels very easy in comparison. It is, however, a great choice for people who like puzzle games, but struggle at them, giving a good confidence boost. It's not bad, by any means, but if you're expecting more of the magic that made Cut the Rope so special, you're unlikely to find it here. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about thinking ahead. Encourage kids to play chess or other games where thinking ahead is critical.

  • Encourage kids to build objects of their own design with a LEGO or Erector set, for example.

App details

For kids who love puzzles

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