Monster Galaxy

Common Sense Media says

Pokemon-like collect-pet-monsters Facebook game.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The character that trains players to become Moga trainers informs kids that Moga Trainers are helpful and do good deeds.

Positive role models

The main character Nova, constantly guides kids on the moral path, while the side quest characters may be shady but promise to reform.

Ease of play

Simple and clear instructions make this game easy to get into.

Violence

Players pit tamed animal-like creatures called Mogas against wild ones, but you don't actually watch the fight.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game monetizes by selling Crowns -- the in-game gold that is used to purchase items used in the game -- for real money. The Shop icon is right on screen and glows. When players try to use items they do not have, a screen pops-up that informs them the item may be bought with Crowns.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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).

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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?

Game details

Platforms:Facebook
Price:Free / Micro-transaction
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Gaia Interactive
Release date:November 30, 2010
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:NR for Not Rated (Facebook)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byWriterGirl1233 May 22, 2011
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10
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Cool Game

I don't see why its rated 13+ its a little like pokemon its pretty cool
Kid, 11 years old January 28, 2012
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n/a

good
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Teen, 17 years old Written byMixk July 16, 2011
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13
QUALITY
 

Similar but different.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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