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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Monster High: 13 Wishes is an action platformer based on the Monster High franchise of ghoulish teen-girl dolls, books, movies, and webisodes. It stars all the familiar main characters, whom players gradually unlock. The main characters use magical attacks to defeat enemies, who disappear bloodlessly in puffs of smoke.
What's it about?
In MONSTER HIGH: 13 WISHES, players explore a magic lamp to collect special items, free the \"ghouls,\" and use their combined powers to save the rest of Monster High from the clutches of an evil genie. Levels combine free-roaming exploration with jumping, rudimentary fighting against the occasional enemy or boss, and solving puzzles using each character's special ability or \"Freaky Flaw.\" Players can switch among characters on the fly once they've been unlocked. A second player can grab a Wii Remote and join in by helping to defeat enemies and collect coins. A hand-held version also is available on DS and 3DS.
Is it any good?
Monster High: 13 Wishes would have a hard time appealing to anyone outside the Monster High fanbase. Production values are crude by today's standards, levels aren't terribly well designed or interesting, and there isn't enough guidance about what to do next, which could easily leave players frustrated. It's a subpar platformer in every way, lacking depth and polish. All but the most die-hard Monster High fans should give this one a pass.
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- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U
- Skills: Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
- Price: $29.99-$39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Warner Bros. Games
- Release date: October 29, 2013
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: High School
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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