Parents' Guide to

Monster Manor

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Loot-focused exploration game with mild monster combat.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2013
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Monster Manor's two distinct elements -- building floors with loot-bearing room blocks received from other Mii avatars and fighting monsters -- play off each other nicely. As floors take shape, they start to feel like little Tetris-y puzzles, even if getting the right room blocks is really just a matter of luck and patience. There's a palpable thrill that comes with finding the right room piece to spawn two or three big treasure chests containing useful new loot -- especially if that loot is a powerful new pistol. Taking those guns into battle and discovering how they might make your fights against the mansion's ethereal occupants a bit easier (such as a faster charging battery) results in real satisfaction.

It can be frustrating, though, especially if you repeatedly encounter Mii avatars that don't offer the specific room shapes or colors for which you've been patiently waiting. Players may end up dismissing several batches of Mii avatars because they don't want to spoil the floor they're constructing and lose a chance at earning a bigger chest with better loot. Indeed, progress can seem very slow at times. That said, patient kids who don't mind the wait may find Monster Manor's mix of room exploration and mild combat to be a fun, bite-size daily distraction.

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