Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Monsterpark Zoo

Monsterpark Zoo

Spring 2015 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Developer: Roo Roo
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

Monsterpark Zoo by Roo Roo, an app for children aged two through six years, is a virtual zoo in which players care for ten monsters. Each of the endearing characters has a unique problem (one is too hot, another is afraid of mice) that players must intuitively deduce and solve. After observing cues and clues from the monster and its environment, the player must determine the issue and use items in the scene to make the monster feel better. The game teaches simple problem-solving and encourages empathy.

Our younger testers didn't mind that neither the challenge nor the solution changed. In fact, some seemed tickled that they could anticipate it. The gentle animation, appealing artwork and age-appropriate sense of humor - all without a single word or hint of instruction - combine to make this a thoroughly enjoyable play experience.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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