Monster Life: a Review

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Anyone who has played games such as Skylanders: Spyro’s adventure on the Xbox or Wii will familiar with this game concept: you are the only thing that stands between peace and the total destruction of the land of Numa. You are charged with raising an army of pets (or Tamanos), training them, caring for them and pitting them in battle against the forces of evil; Chaos and his minions.

You’ll start off on a ranch given an unhatched Tamanos and be quickly guided through the process of caring for it. All Tamanos start life in the nursery (the big barn) and stay there till they evolve to become adolescent. Then, you can start training them to fight.

As well as caring for your pets, you can also construct a variety of buildings on your ranch. There are three kinds: Habitats, where the Tamanos live; Attractions, which will give you money; and Boosters, which increase certain needs. Each Tamanos have 4 needs that must be satisfied. Hunger, cleanliness, entertainment and training.

Your guide will give you certain tasks to complete to teach you the skills of becoming a fully fledged keeper. When you succeed, they will reward you by giving you coin and XP. You can also collect crystals and friendship stones. All these are used to pay for items in the shop. more can be bought as an in app purchase.

You can challenge your friends by connecting to Facebook (or by sending them an email) or by logging onto Gamelofts own servers. This will then allow you to visit other ranches to see how other people build their ranches and pet their Tamanos. As a result, they will give you coins and F stones. There is also an Apple iOS version in the app store for free.

This game is aimed at children. I asked my 8-year-old son to play it, and within minutes he was fighting other pets and adding buildings to the ranch, so it’s clearly user-friendly. If I have one criticism of the came, it would be the time each Tamanos needs to recover from a fight. Until you’ve built up enough reserve of animals to send into battle, this game will be played in small bursts. It is also a large download at 91Mb, best done over WiFi. Overall, a good game with enough variety to keep you (or the kids) entertained.

Download Monster Life from the play store here

httpvh://youtu.be/lUi-1LdiBdI

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