Australian Council on Children and the Media

Monster Mingle - Cowly Owl Ltd

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Monster Mingle is a sandbox exploratory game in which children make their own friendly monsters. It requires fine motor skills. Suitable for ages 4+ with parental guidance. Caution: online connectivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Monster Mingle was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 11 February 2019.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Monster Mingle
Developed by: Cowly Owl Ltd
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 4+ with parental guidance
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Monster Mingle contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Our reviewer played all elements of this game.

App description

Monster Mingle is a simple, colourful game in which children can make their own friendly monsters. It starts with a basic shape which can be changed by adding arms, legs, mouths, beaks, ears, etc by moving small bubble filled objects onto the monster. This manoeuvre can also be used to change its shape and colour. The monster moves by the child swiping along the screen with his/her finger.  The monster moves backwards and forwards across land where it meets several objects along the way. It can drop over the edge into the sea, meeting sea creatures and plants which it can interact with. The monster can also collect wings and fly into the sky. During the game the monster can talk and sing to other creatures. The player also needs to find food to feed the hungry monster.

Reviewers comments

Monster Mingle is a free playing sandbox game, which has no goals or objectives. The player is free to explore the different land, sea and sky scapes. The monster can be adapted to suit its environment by adding legs, fins and wings respectively. There are also hidden surprises along the way for the player to discover as well as musical plants and scenery.

This app is quite a simple and colourful game for young children to play and has no in-app purchases, advertising or connectivity to social media platforms. There is a parent section which can be reached by swiping with two fingers, which does connect to the developer’s website. There is no clear explanation of how to play the game, which is slightly frustrating, however it will appeal to, and is suitable for, children aged 4+ with some parental co-play and guidance.

In App purchasing

  • There is no In-App purchasing.

Online information

  • There is connectivity to the developer’s website through the parental lock which is a simple swipe to the right with two fingers.

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

  • None

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • None noted.

Coarse language

  • None noted

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • None noted.

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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