We have realised this holiday season that we haven't been reviewing any of the games we play on the Nintendo DS, Wii and PS3. Well to welcome in the new year (nearly) we have decided to rectify this situation. For our first review we are looking at Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo for the Nintendo DS.
I gave this game to Rachel for christmas hoping that it'd be the right level of difficulty and interest for her to play with. She is a moshi monsters fan, collecting the moshlings and the cards which comes with them; but she's never played the online game due to time constraints and my security concerns with her using my laptop (I'll blog separately about our solution for this).
The game was an instant hit, it is a great positive for a game to be easy to use and engaging from the outset and most have not managed to achieve this before. No doubt some of this is Rachel's increasing knowledge of gaming and her age, but it certainly says a lot for a game that she needed no help at all getting started.
The moshling characters are perfect, just as she knows them from the cards, books, annual and figures; she immediately felt like she'd enterred their world and wanted to explore and interact with them.
The first thing you need to do in the game is feed and wash your first moshling, a fluffie of some description. The washing is very straight forward and quickly builds up points for moving up levels; the feeding takes a bit of practice but Rachel picked it up quickly enough and that propelled her into level two within 15 minutes.
There are races and quizzes for each moshling, these also build up points; I was surprised how challenging these were for me, but they posed no problem for Rachel. Dare I say I felt my age a little bit!!
Within an hour of playing Rachel had figured out how to get more moshlings and had 5 in various areas by the end of the day. She has had the game for four days and plays for about an hour a day and already she has a couple to level 10 and the others are progressing well.
If you have a moshi monsters fan who loves their Nintendo DS and is looking for a new game I highly recommend Moshi Monsters Moshling Zoo. It's fabulous.
My rating: 8/10
Rachel's rating: 9/10