When we first heard about Moshi Monsters Moshling Zoo for Nintendo DS we thought it would be a great game for Kiana (5) since she loves these adorable characters. However, after playing for a little while we realized that it’s geared towards little older kids who are pretty good a reading text since all the instructions are displayed on the screen with the characters talking gibberish. So instead we gave it to Kacie (9) to play and she loved it!
Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo for Nintendo DS builds upon the popularity of the Moshlings and offers fans a fresh new take on the Moshi universe, including brand new content and a new way to interact with their favorite characters. The game features new locations and an exclusive new Moshling.
Game play is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. There are 3 areas that you can visit:
The Wooly Wilderness – Here you can stop by 8 different areas to find various Moshi Monsters as well as unhatched eggs. You can also collect their currency “Rox” along the way. Some of the Moshi Monsters are easy to find while some ore pretty well hidden. There are some that even I haven’t been able to find yet. The object is to coax these Moshi Monsters to join your Zoo by giving them food or objects that they desire. Some of these things you’ll find laying on the ground while others will need to be purchased in Monstro City using your Rox.
Monstro City – There are 7 different stores here where you can purchase things like food, household products, specialty items, luxury gifts, hardware, dwelling upgrades, and Moshi Monster hints. All purchases need to be made with the Rox currency that you’ve accumulated throughout the game.
Moshling Zoo – Whenever you acquire a new Moshi Monster they’ll find their way into your Moshling Zoo within the appropriate habitat. Here you can feed and care for your animals to ensure that they’re happy. There’s also a Baby Care Center where the eggs that you find will be incubated until they’re ready to hatch. Once they’re hatched they move to the Nursery where you can feed and play with them.
In the Moshling Zoo you’ll also find the Starcade where you can play mini-games to earn more Rox. The great thing about these games are that they’re all educationally based – put the numbers in order, find the missing number in the pattern, put the letters in the right order, count the squares, add up all the red numbers, etc. There are also other mini-games to play like a race to the finish line and time management cafeteria.
And if your child is a fan of the online Moshi Monster site, they can take their earned awards and special codes to be used there. It’s a great way to tie everything together so that your child will feel like they’re working towards a real goal. The only suggestion I have is to make the characters talk in English (rather than gibberish) so that younger kids can play along, too.
The game is a bit repetitive but strangely addicting. In fact, I stayed up till 2am last night playing it since I know I won’t get a chance once the girls get up. Moshi Monsters Moshling Zoo is a big hit in our home!
Purchase your copy of Moshi Monsters Moshling Zoo Nintendo DS at Amazon.com for $14.99.
This post was written for ACTIVISION who provided the complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.
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