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My Singing Monsters

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

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

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."

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?

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
Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions
Arts: music, singing
Hobbies: collecting
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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Educator and Parent Written byDanielL 1 February 28, 2015

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

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
Parent Written byEliza17 May 16, 2015

Warning!! Purchases, video ads and app downloads required to advance to higher levels

When we first got this game, I was a fan: it's cute, musical, etc. But recently we found that my son couldn't progress without buying currency ($1 for 500,000 coins), watching ads and/or installing apps for diamonds. The app download choices are bizarre. You earn "diamonds" for downloading apps like twitter, McDonald meal specials, tax filing, games, etc. At a certain point, diamonds are needed for monsters and achieving goals to move to the next level. The one video ad I watched was a 30 second ad for a game app. I watched to find out what is going on with this game and also to see if that would unblock progress. It didn't--by watching the ad, we "earned" a discount on buying coins (double the coins for $1). I don't know whether the game has changed or whether the issue only surfaces at higher levels. I would not have gotten this game had I known this was coming. My son got really into the game, avoided all the ads/downloads/purchases, and then finally got stuck. Bad experience.
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Too much consumerism

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