A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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'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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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.
- Platforms: Facebook, PlayStation Vita, Windows, iPhone, iPod
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
Arts: music, singing
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, strategy
Creativity: making new creations
Self-Direction: time management
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (Optional in-app purchases)
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Big Blue Bubble
- Release date: August 22, 2014
- Genre: Strategy
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: E
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