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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp is a dating simulation game available on MacOS, Windows, and Linux In this sequel to 2018 game Monster Prom, players engage with a classic high-school plot - wooing their summer crush. Given the choice of six possibilities, players are challenged to entice the monster of their choice by upping stats desirable by their target character and answering questions by choosing the response their romantic prospect will like most. While the basic mechanics of this game are extremely similar to any other dating simulation, stark differences are present as a result of the strong language and sexual content. Don’t be fooled by the adorable monsters or classic summertime romance movie music -- The monsters’ definitions of "carefree, youthful summer fun" often involve drug use and group sex, so it’s best to leave this one to the more mature members of your family.
What's it about?
MONSTER PROM 2 takes place almost immediately after the events of the first game. What’s the only setting to rival the allure of prom? Easy -- summer camp. This game's premise is much like the one that came before -- you, the player, must choose one of six monster prospects to woo and eventually invite to the end-of-summer meteor shower, where the whole camp is set to watch the sky huddled up with their steamy summer romance. Other than the basic set-up and conclusion chapters of the story, there's a very large number of branching storylines that evolve from the player's choices, making each playthrough a different experience. Will you aim to attract the sultry Joy Johnson-Johima, a vegan goth girl using her time off from leading Spooky High's very own witch coven to "finally sit down and read a book?" Or is your type closer to Calculester Hewlett-Packard, a sentient, tender-hearted computer who doesn’t seem to be bothered by being in very close proximity to the camp lake? Will you even be successful at winning over a date at all, or are you doomed to soul-crushing singledom on the most important night of the summer?
Is it any good?
While many sequels fall into the trap of wanting to please everyone, this title leans into giving its audience what they want. It takes many playthroughs of Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp to learn each monster's preferences and personality, and the script is just as outrageous and fun as the first game. It's clear that 100% of the general public may not pick up on every Dungeon and Dragons reference or find the humor in mediating disagreements between a fiery monster slayer and her clingy Hex, but if you loved Monster Prom, this game's tailor-made for you. Fan-favorite features like competitive multiplayer games and secret endings are back, and the references to the previous chapter feels like a friend sharing an inside joke. That being said, it's also careful to not alienate new players by using anything about the previous game as a core story element. If you don't recognize Damien LaVey from Monster Prom, no problem. If he's your favorite character and you're ecstatic to flirt with him again, even better. Also, just as the first chapter, Monster Prom 2 is inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community by adding gender-neutral pronouns and same-sex couples.
It’s worth an experience no matter what, but if you weren’t enthralled with Monster Prom, this installment may not hit the mark either. The game can feel repetitive if a player isn't invested in collecting every possible event and ending. Also, it's notably more explicit than the last, containing more instances of swearing and overtly sexual content. To temper this, there's a filter menu to tone down some of the jokes. But even with all of the content filters turned on, don’t expect an adventure appropriate for younger players.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about relationships. If you are interested in someone romantically, how can you get to know them? What does a healthy relationship look like?
How should you go about drawing boundaries in romantic and platonic relationships? If you are uncomfortable with someone’s language, actions, or sexual advances, how do you effectively communicate this?
- Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
- Price: $11.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Beautiful Glitch
- Release date: October 23, 2020
- Genre: Simulation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, High School, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
- Last updated: February 4, 2021
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