The developers at Knowledge Adventure have hit another home run with their latest app, Monster Mutt Rescue. Equal parts entertainment and education, this app lets your children raise and care for a virtual pet.
Begin by selecting a Blaster name (your choice or let the app randomize an identity for you), and help your larva morph into a baby monster. It takes a little loving care and a little patience but you can raise your own little “Tough Sputnik”.
First glance has you thinking this game is very simple but a few minutes of play and the sophistication and fun really begin to unfold. Once you begin moving forward from the larva stage you can pay mini games (which are great even on their own!) to help grow your Mutt. The more you play, the more opportunities there are to help other players care for their Mutts and make new friends (registration and account creation is encouraged but not required, and nothing detrimental comes from doing so –no ads or data mining as a result).
Other incentives also keep you returning to the game –the more you explore and care for your Mutt, the more credits you earn which allow you to decorate your pet’s Pod and to get the supplies you need.
While the graphics are very simple and not always terribly refined, the app does not suffer for it. The menu of care items (including toys, food, brush and a bubbly sponge for bathing) are easy enough for children to identify and manipulate and an on-screen graph lets them know exactly what their Monster Mutt needs next.
What I liked: Pre-school children especially love to learn about responsibilities and are very nurturing, making this app an ideal fit. Short attention spans will be well served by this app as well, because you can easily return to the app and provide additional care for your pet at any time.
What I didn’t like: I was disappointed to see that all of the instructions inside this app were only provided in writing –I think younger children could really enjoy this app but those who aren’t yet able to read would need directions spoken aloud to play more independently.
To buy or not to buy: This is a game that is a steal for the price (free) –grab it before the developers come to their senses!
- App Name: Monster Mutt Rescue
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Knowledge Adventure
- Price: Free