A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game encourages curiosity and exploration, but doesn't have a real theme or story to it.
Positive Role Models
The singular character in the game never gets frustrated and is always curious to learn more.
Ease of Play
Early puzzles are very easy to solve, but the difficulty does ramp up. But if you're stuck, there are often different puzzles you can work on in the meantime.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Monster's Expedition is a downloadable puzzle game for the Apple Arcade service. Gameplay is a relaxed experience, without time limits or pressure during game sessions (in the form of escalating music cadence, for example). And if you're stuck in one area, there are others you can explore so the game doesn't necessarily come to an end. There's no objectionable language, sexuality or violence and it's entirely child friendly (though young kids might become more frustrated than older ones - as patience is a required feature in the game).
Is It Any Good?
Puzzle games can sometimes be too clever for their own good and end up more exasperating than entertaining. A Monster's Expedition, though, is one of the most soothing puzzle games in years. A charming, no-pressure affair, the game doesn't make things easy for players, but it does offer many paths, so if one puzzle seems insurmountable at times, you can visit other islands and continue your exploration, coming back to the section that you were stuck on with a new perspective later).
The game mechanics are simple, but deep. You're trying to help a young monster explore a museum and uncover a variety of artifacts from humanity, which seem mysterious to them (but are pretty normal to us, like coffee makers). Players of all ages can enjoy the game, but it could be a bit advanced for especially young children. But fortunately, A Monster's Expedition is filled with hundreds of islands (some obvious, some semi-hidden) and lets players progress at their own pace . Plus, players get the chance to reset puzzles in increments without a penalty to your play. It's a wonderful time killer for people who want to stretch their brain.
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