What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monster World is a time and resource management game played on the Google+ social network. Players work to build the healthiest and most vibrant farm in the land. The "Monster" namesake is represented in the game's characters, which are all cartoon monsters. Instead of planting apple trees and boring shrubbery, players grow farms full of Unicorn Trees and Chocolate Flowers. They receive scores based on how well they tend to the farm and how many successful plants they have blooming at the same time.
What kids can learn
- working efficiently
- time management
- group projects
Engagement, Approach, Support
What's it about?
In MONSTER WORLD, players enter a land populated by monsters. Not to fear, though. These monsters are cute and friendly, and their main interest is farming. In this far-out universe, plants like Lemonade Bushes and Chocolate Flowers are plentiful, and players are given the task of creating the most thriving farm in Monster World. Because the farm can expand and become unwieldy for just one person, players are encouraged to invite their friends to their virtual farm so they can help tend to the various trees and bushes.
Is it any good?
Monster World fits the mold of most farming simulation games -- players need to keep an eye on the plants to make sure they're cared for; and when they earn enough money, they can start expanding. The challenge for all farming games is to figure out a way to make seemingly mundane and repetitive tasks interesting. Monster World is just OK in that regard; sometimes the farming can seem more like a chore than fun. This farming requires patience, but the social element definitely helps to break up that monotony. The aesthetic of cartoon monsters and really fantastical plants helps to create a funky experience.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the safety and security of social networks. Do you ever chat with anyone on Google+ who you don't know personally?
What is the hardest part about managing your time effectively?
Can you think of a real-life job, other than farming, where the day-to-day tasks might be similar to this?