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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park is a mini-game adventure based on characters from a popular MoshiMonsters online virtual world. The game begins by asking kids to navigate a plane through a lightning storm. They inevitably crash as the scenario gets more and more challenging. Although all of the Moshi Monsters survive, their pet Moshlings are scattered around an abandoned theme park for you to find. Some kids might find the concept upsetting. Parents should note that Nintendo cautions letting kids 6 and under use the 3D mode. Parents can turn off that option in the device's Parental Controls.
What's it about?
MOSHI MONSTERS: MOSHLINGS THEME PARK begins with Moshi Monsters and their pet Moshlings on a plane that crashes near an abandoned theme park. The impact scatters the Moshlings throughout the park, so the Moshi Monsters decide to rebuild the park while searching for their friends. The game consists of 6 levels, each with multiple buildings to repair and/or unlock, and a number of Moshlings and their eggs to find. Each building has a mini-game, a Moshling house, a nursery, or an area to search for Moshlings. The mini-games include pie-throwing, air hockey, a ball drop, and Thump-a-Glump. Each game has five prizes you can unlock, with the first prize typically being a key that allows you to unlock the next building and progress. There are also a few puzzle activities about clearing a path for Moshlings and completing electric circuits to restore a ride. Kids can go on the rides and also play a bonus memory game. They can care for Moshlings by giving them food, exercise, baths, and entertainment.
Is it any good?
Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park is chock-full of games, puzzles, and things to find. The theme is playful and the mini-games are generally fun. Kids have the ability to purchase extra health in each game, which can help them master the higher scores. These are carnival-style games, so none of them require specific knowledge. Each game level is a more difficult version of the level before it, so if there are games you don't like or struggle with, you're out of luck. It is possible to get stuck in a level if you can't reach a certain score, so you may have to play it over and over again. There is a lot of gameplay packed into Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park, and it has a lot of replay value for kids who enjoy the carnival games and puzzles.
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- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
- Skills: Emotional Development: developing resilience, persevering
Self-Direction: achieving goals, work to achieve goals
Thinking & Reasoning: logic, solving puzzles, strategy
- Price: $29.99 (3DS),$24.99 (DS)
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Activision
- Release date: October 30, 2012
- Genre: Mini-games
- Topics: Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
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