Monster High: Ghoul Spirit

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Themed game is varied and interesting, if a bit shallow.

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Positive Messages

Although there are some dark undertones in this game solely because everyone is a ghoul or 'monster' of some sort, the overriding message is akin to any normal high school environment. This game encourages players to do well in school, achieve good grades, join in activities, and make new friends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the ghoulish peers players meet in this game are kind and friendly, and willing to welcome players into their social circle. This game is set in high school and is designed to appeal to those who are not yet in a real-life high school, so the students are all crafted to appeal to younger players as people to look up to, making most of them positive role models.

Ease of Play

The main elements of gameplay involve solving puzzles and completing mini-games. Other aspects of the game are largely open-ended, such as allowing players to customize their in-game character and interacting with fellow ghouls. The mini-games and puzzles are mostly straightforward, making this game more about letting players explore and unleash their creativity than it is about presenting them with a specific challenge.

Violence & Scariness

This game is based on the Monster High collection of books, dolls, and toys, and could be seen as an advertisement for the various products associated with this brand.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monster High: Ghoul Spirit is based on the successful line of Monster High toys and book series, as well as an online Web series. This game features all of the main characters and allows players to create their own 'ghoul' to join the cast. Players get to explore the ghoulish world, which comes across as cute and fun despite being all about ghosts and monsters. There are a variety of mini-games and puzzles for players to solve, making the entire game varied and enjoyable.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byTheVampire November 16, 2011

luv MH, but this games not worth it

I luv monster high, but for the first time evr i came across a product that dissapointed me. Its all about doing tasks. We have done that before. and unike the... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 5, 2011

Not scary

It Is awesome it won't scare the people who are playing it

What's it about?

MONSTER HIGH: GHOUL SPIRIT is based on the popular Monster High franchise, which exists as a line of dolls and toys, a book series, and an interactive website including a Web series. Players get to interact with all their favorite characters, solve puzzles, and partake in mini-games, all of which are themed around the cute world of ghouls and monsters that has been developed so well throughout the Monster High product lines. The focal point of the game is the open-world interaction with other characters and the customization of the player's in-game character.

Is it any good?

Monster High: Ghoul Spirit earns points for its varied gameplay. That is, players can customize their character, engage in a variety of mini-games, and interact in an open virtual environment with other characters. There are several components to the game that help to keep it fresh and interesting. However, each of these components isn't very deep, making the end result a variety of basic gameplay mechanics rather than one cohesive design. That being said, the Monster High theme is prevalent and extensive, so any fan of the franchise will likely enjoy what this game has to offer.

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Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: THQ
  • Release date: October 25, 2011
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy
  • ESRB rating: E for No Descriptors
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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