Fresh out in the
stores in Australia, Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park is
the anticipated sequel of the DS game which returns gamers to the
colourful world of the Moshi Monsters. In essence, Moshi Monsters -
Moshlings Theme Park is a collection of mini-games for the Nintendo
3DS that incorporate the 3D feature of this console to create this
colourful title oozing a variety of games.
However with most
mini-game titles, not all the games are grade A titles which makes
it easy to find your favourites however. Whether it's going down a
waterslide, playing air hockey, another variation of whack-a-mole or
something more arcade-like like flying through the sky and
collecting items, there's plenty of variety in the game but
unfortunately they get old a little too fast.
The storyline behind
the game is to rebuild the Moshlings Theme Park and to find the
missing 60 or so Moshlings who have been scattered through the park.
By completing the mini-games, you help free the Moshlings. To an
extent, you can even ride some of the rides through the mini-games.
Given that, the title is definitely targeting the younger gamer.
As mentioned, the
mini-games range from fun to mediocre with my least favourite game
being the pie throwing one. It just feels a little flat. Thankfully
not all the games are like this and the air hockey game is actually
quite fun on the 3DS, especially with the inclusion of the 3D
graphics. The various racing games are also quite fun as you need to
adjust your speed as you slide down the slide. A few of the games
are also repeated as well.
Controls are well
mapped on the 3DS console with the stylus being the main mode of
play as you interact with the bottom screen. Apart from playing the
mini-games, you have to rebuild the Moshlings Theme Park to its
former grand glory. Although not as detailed as something like
Roller Coaster Tycoon, it does allow for some basic customisation.
For the majority
however, the mini-games are the key to Moshi Monsters as play a
variety of games, even kart games which is extremely reminiscent of
the classic Pit Stop. From shooting galleries to more whack-a-mole
clones, it's all about mini-games. The 3DS version also supports a
Streetpass mode which allows you to share Theme Park items with
other players. Unfortunately we could not test this feature as we
did not have another 3DS console available at the time of testing.
Monsters - Moshlings Theme Park is a very colourful game on the 3DS
thanks to the cartoon inspired creatures that are littered in this
environment. To compliment the graphics, the sound effects are
overtly boppy and cute with the soundtrack supporting this almost
Saturday Morning cartoon atmosphere. It may not be the most
impressive looking game on the 3DS but the developers have
successfully created a unique collection of mini-games on the 3DS.
If you're looking for a serious Theme Park Creator, unfortunately
Moshi Monsters - Moshlings Theme Park is not that game but if you're
a younger gamer looking for a collection of good to mediocre
mini-games, than this may be your solution. Also, as the game is
targeted at the younger gamer, the value for gameplay feels just
right. Unfortunately the title is a little too repetitive for my
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