What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monster Galaxy is a pet collection game on Facebook that is similar to the Pokemon series of games. While kids will pit their pet monsters against other monsters in strategic, turn-based fights, the game doesn't show any violence. There is no animation or actual physical contact, and when a Moga loses all its health, it disappears in a flash of light. This game could be attractive to kids as young as age 9, but since it's a Facebook game, it has an age gate of 13 (the age teens can open a Facebook account).
What's it about?
MONSTER GALAXY uses the same formula that made Pokemon games so popular: collect pet-like monsters called Moga, use them to battle other Mogas, and become the best Moga trainer around. Kids are asked to help tame Mogas, clear areas of wild nasty Mogas that are threatening travelers, and generally help the inhabitants of the land. Mogas are categorized per the Western zodiac, with each astrological sign having advantages and disadvantages over others. Kids have to carefully choose which Mogas to take with them on their team as they adventure.
Is it any good?
The graphics in Monster Galaxy are 2D static "paper dolls" against a painted background and appear to be quite lovely. The sounds are well suited to actions, and the music celebrating the capture and taming of a Moga is upbeat rock with positive, encouraging lyrics. Kids will need to collect, earn, or purchase different items in order to play the game. The will need different Star Seeds to capture Mogas, Cups of coffee to heal, and Whistle Fruit to call a random friend's Moga into the field to help in a battle. Whistle Fruit and Star Seeds "re-grow" over time and all are also earned by completing various quests in the game. A teen can play this fun game for free, potentially capturing a new Moga or two each day.
Online interaction: Kids can see which of their friends are also playing the game and visit their yard to see their monsters. However, to obtain Daily Prizes, kids have to sign up on the Gaia Online network and are encouraged to interact on the forums there, so the experience may vary.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the similarities of Monster Galaxy to Pokemon. Why are the Pokemon games so popular? How is this game similar or different?
Families can also talk about how this game makes money. How does a free game like this one make any money?