Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze
By Mark Raby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fun rollerblading racing game features familiar characters.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
The Monster High franchise tries to exude the message "Be Yourself. Be Unique. Be a Monster." This game is just a racing game without much of a storyline, so this message does not come across quite as strongly as it does in other Monster High titles, but this game does encourage teamwork and presents the message that everyone is equal.
Positive Role Models
The characters in this game may be "monsters," but just because they happen to be ghosts and ghouls doesn't mean they can't still have hearts of gold. While the lack of a fleshed-out storyline mutes the depiction of the game's characters as role models, players familiar with the franchise will not see any reason to look at them with any less admiration. Those new to the franchise will likewise see that despite the physical differences among all the characters, they all treat each other with respect and kindness.
Ease of Play
This game uses standard racing game controls. The challenge, as with all racing games, is based on the layout of the race tracks and the various swerves and twists that players need to maneuver through. While there are some tricky areas that will require most players to run through the course a few times, they are not built to be overly difficult. Additionally, there is an option within the game that allows players to control the difficulty level. Adjusting this will determine how easy it is to defeat the other racers.
Violence & Scariness
During racing competitions, players can collect cartoon-style power-up items. The goal of these items is to either hit the other racers or create a hazard on the race track. Characters shout when they are hit by an item but there is nothing overtly violent about it.
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Products & Purchases
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.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze is based on the successful line of Monster High toys, games, and books, as well as an online Web series. This game lets players race as their favorite Monster High characters through a series of winding tracks that span dungeons, beaches, and everything in between. In order to gain a leg up on the competition, players can use a variety of items to slow down other racers. If someone gets hit by an item, they shout out in frustration, but there are otherwise no violent effects.
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What’s It About?
In MONSTER HIGH: SKULTIMATE ROLLER MAZE, players need to assemble a team of their favorite Monster High characters as they race through all sorts of different environments. They need to rollerblade their way to the top to become the ultimate champion. In addition to the single-player mode, players can also race against friends and family, with up to three-person multiplayer.
Is It Any Good?
Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze is obviously designed with one audience in mind -- those who are already familiar with the Monster High franchise. Those players will not be disappointed with the selection of playable characters available in this racing game. Even without the themed characters, though, there are some aspects of this game that make it a special racing game. For example, there is a "relay" race mode in which players need to set up three characters to complete individual parts of the race. In addition, each character has a distinct "racer type" based on their speed, stamina, and agility. This gives the game "replayability" for players who want to try racing with different characters. On the flip side, the graphics are not as polished as they could be, and the controls sometimes feel a bit off kilter, but for the most part, Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze is an enjoyable experience for any Monster High fan.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the use of power-ups in racing games. Do you think this is violent or unfair, or is it just an added element of strategy?
Families can also discuss how they find good video games.
- Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, identifying strengths and weaknesses, working efficiently
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Little Orbit
- Release date: November 13, 2012
- Genre: Racing
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
- Last updated: August 26, 2016
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