A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
In Tiny Monsters, players get a monster mountain on which to breed, care for, and raise cute, cartoony monsters. Players spend and earn coins and diamonds as they complete various tasks such as building habitats, clearing trees and rocks to make room for new buildings, and breeding and raising different types of monsters. Players earn experience points to help them advance to higher levels and unlock new monsters, habitats, and quests.
Is it any good?
TINY MONSTERS is a bit slow at first, which makes in-app purchases all the more appealing. However, once players have a few monsters and habitats, the monster mountain starts earning coins more quickly, giving players more play options.
A great feature of Tiny Monsters is that it's not connected to game networks and social media, though this could change with future updates. As it is, kids can play Tiny Monsters safely if parents disable in-app purchasing for their device.
Talk to your kids about ...
Talk to kids about in-app purchases and establish some guidelines to follow.
Incorporate budgeting and arithmetic practice into everyday situations. For example, ask "How much money would you need to buy six of these $4 bracelets?" "If I save $20 a week, how long will it be until I can afford this $60 coat?"
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Math: money
- Skills: Creativity: imagination
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, problem solving, strategy
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: June 13, 2012
- Category: Simulation Games
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Size: 22.60 MB
- Publisher: TinyCo, Inc.
- Version: 1.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.1 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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