My Singing Monsters

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Charming, melodic, and genre-bending game for kids, adults.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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 & Representations

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
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Consumerism

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

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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, wh... Continue reading
Adult 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 fo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFootbananas March 3, 2016

Review for My Singing Monsters

A lot of people complain about needing to purchase things to progress, which is not true at all, because while it does take awhile to get new islands and monste... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 19, 2018

Perfect ( literally)

This game is completely perfect I have nothing else to say (except that getting a new song for composer island costs too Much).

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.

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