What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
Pudding Monsters engages kids as they use problem solving to create larger creatures from individual parts while avoiding obstacles.
While the app wasn't designed to be a physics lesson, the concepts it exposes kids to are relevant in the real word. For example, objects in movement on a plane with no resistance won't stop until they find an obstacle.
The game gives clear direction.
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.
Families can talk 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.