WackaMonsta

Common Sense Media says

Free, cute, and addictive, but beware the in-app purchases.

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Ease of play

There are four different game modes, which carry a wide range of difficulty for both casual and experienced gamers. Whichever mode you choose, the game will get harder as you progress, but never too quickly.

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Consumerism

Ads run across the top of the screen. You can disable the ads by paying 4,000 coins. Coins will also earn you new monsters and costumes. You earn coins each time you play, and while there's no need to ever spend real money on extra coins, you can buy them as an in-app purchase, for anywhere from $1 to $9. You can also receive "free" coins by downloading other apps, both free and paid ones.

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Privacy & safety

The game connects to Game Center, where players can challenge one another's scores. Game Center uses only screen names and has no chat feature. You can also connect this app to your Facebook or Twitter account to post high scores and achievements.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that WackaMonsta is a cute, fun arcade-style match-three puzzle game that is more about speed and stamina than it is about strategy. As you play, you will earn coins, which can be spent to purchase new monsters or costumes for your monsters. These features are just for fun and don't affect the gameplay. You don't ever need to purchase extra coins beyond the ones you earn in the game, but impatient players may want to -- and they are available to buy with real money. You can also earn "free" coins by downloading other apps, some of which are free apps and others which cost money. Parents should disable their device's "in-app purchases" while their children play.

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The bubble-popping, match-three gameplay of WACKAMONSTA may not be unique, but it's done really well, with very nice simple controls and cute, fun visuals. Swapping among four different game modes is a great way to create variety for yourself, although the game is addicting enough that you may not want to switch modes. While the urgings to buy "extra coins" can be annoying, at least there's no need to ever do so -- this is an app that you can play forever for free if you want. It may take a while for you to save up and buy a new monster, but then again, there's no real need to ever buy a new monster, either. The screen-top ads can also be annoying, but they're generally unobtrusive and don't get in the way of the game. Overall, if you can get past the commercial aspects of the app, WackaMonsta is an immensely enjoyable game.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:February 18, 2011
Category:Arcade Games
Publisher:DanLab Games
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later

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Parent of a 8 year old Written byroymar April 6, 2011
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STAY AWAYFroM WACKA MONSTER $$$$$$

Once you download the free version as you advance in the game you are given the option to buy more "coins" without the password. My kids cleaned out my itunes account in ONE session.($26). STAY AWAY FROM THIS SITE. When I tried to report a problem when I received the account from itunes
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