There’s a lot to love about the musical world-building game, My Singing Monsters. It has brilliant graphics, a unique gaming style and tons of cute, singing monsters. Don’t let the lackluster title fool you — this game is extremely creative that it leaves you smiling, tapping and smiling some more.
The game is a world-building game, meaning it’s not something you can pick up and finish in a matter of minutes or hours. You have to play it in short periods a few times a day, making sure your monsters are fed, your resources are in place and money is acquired more than it’s spent. I’ve played other similar games before, but the routine sort of got old and I eventually stopped playing them. This one, however, looks like it could be staying for a while on my phone.
Basically, your goal is to create a world for your monsters so they’re fed, have enough room and things to keep them happy. In return, your monsters give you coins, which you can use for buying stuff for your monsters or your island. At the first part of the game, you need to buy monsters, but once your monsters reach certain levels, you can now breed them and hatch more of them. You can also build structures to support the life on the island, such as bakeries, mines and breeding trees. Monsters level up when fed, and the higher their level, the more money they make.
There are also a list of goals that you can check out. If accomplished, you get certain monetary rewards. These are not mandatory, so you don’t really have to do all of them if you don’t want to. These goals either require to hatch a certain kind of monster, add friends from social networks, or get a monster to a certain level.
The most challenging part is breeding monsters. Each monster has a profile, telling you what they’re made of (rock, ice, water, tree) but it doesn’t say which monster duo creates which. Pairing monsters is a guessing game, and you’ll have to remember which combination made which monster if you want to be very specific with your breeding process.
The fun part is seeing your monsters together, how they complement each other when they’re singing. You can mute one kind of monster to change up the song, or group the same monsters together for added volume. Sometimes I just find myself staring at these monsters, when I don’t know what else I can do within the game. It’s enough to keep me entertained. If you think that’s pretty shallow, then you’ll have to play the game to know what I mean.
My Singing Monsters is a serene little game you play in your quiet time. It doesn’t take too much of your time (if you don’t let it), and it always makes you feel “productive” in a geeky sort of way. Where else can you bake 1,000 pieces of bread, breed a bogart or buy an island all in one day?
[box type="info"] Like most games of its genre, My Singing Monsters require an internet connection and access to your Facebook account to use social sharing features. It’s free to download, with in-app purchases for acquiring more money and food.[/box]
Have you played this game yet? What do you think?