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By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Good monster-collecting game could eat up lots of your cash.

Game Facebook 2012
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The developers of Outernauts put a lot into the game. There are a surprising number of planets to explore and creatures to collect, as well as a slew of helpful items to buy-- or to build in your own lab-- and an entire homeworld to creatively customize. The battle system is nicely detailed; it's easy to learn but still requires a lot of strategy. But it's hard not to get frustrated by some of the sneaky ways the game gets you to spend real money. You can earn tons of coins in the game and think to yourself, "This is great! I can upgrade!" But so many of the truly important items can't be purchased with coins. To buy new creature slots, allowing you to own more than three monsters, you need to spend gems. To buy new power slots, allowing your creatures to have more than four attacks, you need to spend gems. To give your creature a health boost during a battle... you get the picture. But there's no way to earn gems in the game. You can only buy them with real cash. For anywhere from $5 to $100 a bunch.

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