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This is simply not a good game!
on 1 November 2012
Please don't waste your money, this game is rubbish. I fear that a lot of people will still buy it because their children will really want it, but please try to convince them that it's simply not a good game! The game description itself and all the promotional videos make it look very promising, but it's nothing like that. First of all, the bonus items you get to use on Moshi Monsters.com are lame; there was a promise of 1000 Rox at some point during the run up to the release, but this doesn't come with the game. The only worthwhile extra is the code that gives you the seed to attract Furnando. Other than that you'll receive a virtual Furnando plushi (ok, that one's quite cute), a virtual wall paper and virtual Moshlings Themepark poster to decorate your house in Monstro City with. Would it have hurt them to throw in some extra Rox to use online though?
But now for the actual game. It comes with literally no instructions and I can't help feeling that I'm missing something. The 'theme park' is divided into 6 areas, one for each monster (Katsuma, Poppet, Zommer, Furi, Luvli, and Diavolo) and it promises fun rides and mini games in each of those sections. You have to work your way through building the arcade mini games and then restore the main ride for the relevant section. But here's the real disappointment: All of the mini games and rides are exactly the same for each section of the game - they simply vary slightly in difficulty, but essentially all of the 6 levels of the game are the same, which is a huge disappointment when reaching the second area and becomes very boring when reaching the third.
Let me say this again: on each and every single level the mini games and the main attraction (i.e. the ride at the end of the level) are the same! The scoring on the mini games (which you will have to play repeatedly in order to unlock the rest of the levels) is very harsh making thresholds difficult to achieve. On top of that, the way the games score points isn't very transparent and seems highly unfair. For example, you start out with three hearts on each of the games, implying that you have three lives. The hearts however disappear seemingly randomly even if you don't make any mistakes and it isn't clear why you got penalised.
There is also a codebreaker's hut where you are supposed to enter codes you have found to unlock the in game mini games more quickly, but it is unclear where you are supposed to get those codes from. I have completed the entire game and not managed to find one lousy code. The minimal instructions advise you to 'snoop around for codes online', it doesn't however mention where!
Overall, I find this game frustrating, boring, repetitive and not very good value for money. If you're after exclusive Moshlings for your child, buy a plastic play set or some of the pose able figures instead, and learn to live without Furnando.
P.S. I forgot to mention one more thing: the game is also quite buggy as some of the gates in the rescue areas are supposed to time out once activated, but not all of them do (you can hear the timer ticking away in the background, but nothing happens.) This in itself isn't too bad since it actually makes game play easier, since you don't have to rush through those areas, still I find it quite bad for them to release yet another buggy game. (Remember that Moshling Zoo had a bug that didn't allow you to ever complete the game by finding the final Moshling). I can only say it again - save your money and buy your kid another non-electronic Moshling toy instead.