Pets vs Monsters
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pets vs Monsters is an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) where players team up with animal pets to fight monsters. The game can either be accessed through Facebook via browser or downloaded to your computer. It's free to play, but players are reminded often that paid membership will give them lots of game perks. There's a focus on fighting for characters to gain new levels and acquire new skills, but there's no blood and enemies vanish when they are defeated.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- achieving goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
The characters and colorful graphics will be attractive to younger players. The game's simplicity plus a huge variety of pets to collect and train will keep fighting fans engaged.
Players learn from trying out new features and characters. Each pet has different powers so making choices is critical in defeating certain monsters. Players also learn cooperation when they fight together against harder monsters or play team vs. team battles.
A Wiki is available on the web and there are some videos uploaded on YouTube that players can use to help players select pets for certain battles. Otherwise, there is little information on the official website to be found.
What's it about?
In PETS VS MONSTERS, players live in a world where monsters have invaded and are threatening villages. You're tasked with collecting and training pets to grow their power so you can fight against these creatures. Players are also sent out on quests to protect their settlements and deliver important equipment or medicines to outlying areas. Along the way, they get to use a variety of pets (some on a try-before-you-buy basis) to help them accomplish their tasks.
Is it any good?
Pets vs Monsters is simple for players of all ages. The game's tone is appealing to younger players; they'll like riding wolves, bears, tigers, and fantastical birds into battle to save the world against monsters. There are endless environments, lots of monsters to fight, and lots of pets to collect. Players can challenge opponents to a duel; there are also battle games where players enter an arena and fight solo or in a team against others. Scoreboards are available in game so players can see how far they've gone in any challenge, the number of pets they've collected, and quests they've completed.
Players looking for things to do other than fight will be disappointed because the entire story is about fighting monsters in your town or fighting though monsters during quests. Over time, players will find the game gets harder because their selection of free pets is limited, forcing them to purchase pets to succeed. While it may be visually appealing for a younger group of players, the story limitations and obvious push for players to buy content holds Pets vs Monsters back.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about fantasy heroism and pets in games like Pets vs Monsters. Would it be cool to have a powerful and dangerous pet that could protect you and your family? Why do we have to train our pets?
Talk about internet privacy and safety. Why do we not want to use our real names or tell people where we live?
Talk about consumerism and setting budgets. The game is free to play, but how would spending money make it better? How much money are we talking about?
|Platforms:||Facebook, Mac, Windows|
|Available online?||Not available online|
|Release date:||July 1, 2013|
|Genre:||Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)|
|Topics:||Magic and fantasy|
|ESRB rating:||NR for The game has not been rated by the ESRB (Facebook, Mac, Windows) |