A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo is a simulation game in which players become the keepers of cute and cuddly little Moshling monsters. The Moshlings need lots of love in the way of baths, food, toys, games, and races. But first you'll have to figure out how to convince each of the 104 varieties to join your zoo. It is helpful to know that all of the varieties aren't available at the beginning of the game. They unlock as you increase your rating by playing mini-games and winning trophies. The types of mini-games include time-management style, object matching, and math/logic. There's also a racing game that involves jumping/swimming/flying over and under hurdles.
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What's it about?
Moshlings are pets for Moshi Monsters, the characters in a popular virtual world by the same name. In MOSHI MONSTERS: MOSHLING ZOO, you are tasked with attracting and caring for a variety of Moshlings. The challenge is that each Moshling has different needs and preferences and you'll need to figure out how to make each one happy. Once Moshlings have joined your zoo, you keep them happy by participating in contests, and feeding and bathing them. You can also collect Moshling eggs that hatch into more Moshlings for your zoo. Players collect money to spend on food, toys, and comfort items in the shops to build an amazing Moshling zoo.
Is it any good?
Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo feels overwhelming at first, with so many things to do, but eventually game play feels familiar. If your kids are old enough for the mini-games, they will enjoy exercising their brains as they build up their zoo rating and unlock more Moshlings. If they aren't ready to play games containing addition and logic, they may be quickly frustrated, however. They won't be able to win competitions, although the game is set up so that no player comes in lower than third place and all earn trophies. The mini-games are fun, but they may grow old before all 104 Moshling varieties are unlocked.
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