My Singing Monsters

Common Sense Media says

Charming, melodic, and genre-bending game for kids, adults.

Age(i)

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Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The "monsters" -- who aren't scary -- all get along and compliment each other's voices, so the game has a safe, positive vibe.

Positive role models

Players don't get to know the alien creatures in this game, so it's not easy to tell whether they're positive role models. But they seem happy, peaceful, and musical.

 

Ease of play

Although not as easy to play as the larger-screen tablet version, My Singing Monsters is still simple to pick up for players of all ages and skill levels. Simply tap on a monster using your fingertips to interact with the creature.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game offers optional in-game purchases for added features and to bypass "time gates."

Privacy & safety

No privacy or safety concerns.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that My Singing Monsters is a downloadable, family-friendly musical adventure starring lovable aliens. The entire point of the game is to collect monsters and raise them on an island to sing harmoniously, which is an enjoyable experience. There's no violence, sex, inappropriate language, or iffy themes. The only thing parents should be aware of are in-game purchase options, with which players can spend real money to speed up some tasks or unlock different abilities.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Arts

  • music
  • singing

Hobbies

  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Creativity

  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • time management

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The game is highly engaging and fun. It doesn't have a lot of depth, but it lets kids explore music, rhythm, and melody.

Learning Approach

Although there aren't a lot of "baked-in" educational elements, this is a family-friendly music game with city-building elements, exploration, and variety of worlds. Kids will use trial and error, strategy, and collecting as they learn.

Support

The game isn't difficult to learn. It uses the touchscreen primarily, and players can get some help if they get stuck. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Arts

  • music
  • singing

Hobbies

  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Creativity

  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • time management

Kids can learn about musical composition -- including melody, harmony, and rhythm -- as well as create new "mixes" based on the monsters they breed and places on the planets they explore. My Singing Monsters isn't designed to be educational, but the placement of monsters and the interaction of notes they make will give kids a different perspective on music.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

If Pokémon characters ran off to populate an island and decided to form a choir, it might look (and sound) a little like MY SINGING MONSTERS, a fun and free game for players of all ages. Players breed more than 50 monsters -- including two exclusives with the Vita version, named Yawstrich and the G'joob -- placing them somewhere on the island and listening as they sing in unison. Collectively they form a catchy song, be it from a two-headed Venus Flytrap-like creature, a three-eyed frog thing, a skinny tree trunk (who does "beatbox" with his voice), or a booming baritone in the form of a tall, white, furry monster. To vary the song, you can mute certain monsters or position the camera with your fingertip over the ones you like best for their parts to sound louder. Game goals include building structures to increase the happiness of your creatures, breeding and hatching certain monsters, building bakeries, and removing unwanted items on the island such as rocks and trees.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids and kids at heart likely will fall for these charming ditties. There are more than 50 monster species to collect and love. My Singing Monsters also benefits from slick art and animation, lush islands (each with its own unique song), and countless decorations and structures. Kids will enjoy creating unique landscapes and sound combinations while earning collectible trophies. Performing tasks earns you coins, which you can use to buy items from the virtual store. Some monsters and items require green diamonds, though, which means you need to build a mine to produce diamonds (or you can purchase these precious jewels with real cash via an in-game purchase).

Unlike the iOS and Facebook versions, in the Vita version we couldn't figure out how to visit someone else's island to see how they're doing. And the game requires a constant Internet connection, so kids can’t play in the back of a car unless they use cellular data. Overall, although the Vita version of My Singing Monsters is a blast, it's not quite as good as the tablet or PC experience, thanks to those platforms' bigger screens. But PSVita gamers looking for something fresh and fun will no doubt enjoy this free downloadable digital diversion.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how My Singing Monsters appeals to both kids and adults. Why do you think titles that have such a wide appeal are so rare in the gaming industry?

  • Talk about in-game purchases. Are games with downloadable content a way to add value to a game, or is it simply a money-making scheme from game companies? Check out our blog post on how to curb in-game purchases by kids.

Game details

Platforms:Facebook, PlayStation Vita, Windows, iPhone, iPod
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Big Blue Bubble
Release date:August 22, 2014
Genre:Strategy
Topics:Music and sing-along, Space and aliens

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
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  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Educator and Parent Written byDanielL 1 February 28, 2015
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Now contains unskippable, violent ads

We absolutely loved this game until recently. Both of our boys found it very engaging. Our boys are quite young, and we steer clear of overly violent games, which was part of the appeal of this one. Until the most recent patch, which includes ads that pop up which both can't be skipped and are often for inappropriate content. If they remove this "feature", we'll love it again, but until then we're removing it from our iPad.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Adult Written byjonahw February 2, 2015
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

This game is for all ages

If you just disable in app purchases this game is for every body
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Kid, 8 years old January 19, 2015
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Good game.

This is good. I have the game. Everyone who has this, please friend me, I have 2 accounts. My friend codes are 19583786AG and 20159572HK.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

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