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Nintendo DS Review: Moshi Monsters Moshling Zoo

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Moshi Monsters is an online social networking gaming platform much like Facebook that is geared toward children ages seven to twelve. In this game, children adopt and take care of a pet monster. They can buy clothes, food and home decor items for the monster they’ve adopted. There are also books, toys, trading cards, a magazine and now a Nintendo DS game that are available. Moshi Monsters Moshling Zoo is from Activision and was created by Mind Candy.

In Moshi Monsters Moshling Zoo, you are actually caring for the Moshi Monsters’ pets who are called Moshlings. In Moshi Monsters Moshling Zoo, you are the caretaker of the zoo. Your job is to adopt Moshlings and make the zoo the best zoo the world has ever seen.

To play Moshi Monsters Moshling Zoo, you use the stylus to press an arrow left or right to move through each area of the game. Alternately, you can also use the directional key. As you scroll through each area of the game, you will use the stylus to tap on items you find to either collect points or add the item to your inventory. Travelling through the game, you will be told you need some of the items to accomplish something – like an iron to iron napkins or a paintbrush to paint a picture. You will also find things that some of the Moshlings want like a crown for Priscilla Pony. You’ll be given hints throughout the game to help and there is a Monstropedia book with information about each of the Moshlings that can help give you ideas of how to get them to come with you.

Hints appear on the top screen along with how much money you have to spend, how many Moshlings you’ve collected and how many collections you’ve completed. You access your inventory on the bottom screen by tapping the backpack to open it.

As you give the Moshlings what they’re looking for, you are told they would love to be added to your zoo. Once they are added to the zoo, you can visit them there and feed them, clean them up in the pool or play games with them. Each adult Moshling also has a baby Moshling that can be hatched from eggs you find in the game. You put the egg in the daycare and when it’s ready, it hatches and you have more Moshlings in your zoo.

There are 52 different Moshlings to collect in the game and a bunch of fun games and puzzles. Moshi Monsters Moshling Zoo is ideal for someone who is new to video games because the options for movement are limited and the hints are fairly good. Older kids might feel limited by the available options. This game is also a great tie in for kids who are already enjoying Moshi Monsters online. The game even includes an exclusive in game Moshling. There is a card inside with a code to claim it in the online game. Definitely a great starter game for anyone entranced by collecting cute, cuddly animals!

Moshi Monsters Moshling Zoo is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB for Comic Mischief. 

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Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.
  • wartroin

    Why are the no cheats?

  • Misha

    ummmm because the game is extremely simplistic. if a game can get to completion within four hours there is usually no reason to put in cheats.

  • Rosie

    I’m going to get this soon!

  • Milla

    I agree with Misha!