From the opening screen of Monster Moogle, it’s easy to recognize the entertainment value in this app. From the enjoyable story to the gallery of monsters to the monster maker, children ages 6-8 are able to think about monsters and discover that they are really not that scary. Through the clever use of narrative storytelling and colorful images, Monster Moogle help sensitive children overcome this common childhood fear.
Monster Moogle by Fontera was developed for the iPad. Set against a backdrop of bold graphics and reggae music, the app includes four different activities, each one using the “monster theme” in a slightly different way. All activities are easily accessible from the opening screen. A well-written information page, also accessible from the opening screen, contains step-by- step instructions.
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The first activity is a follow-along story that is narrated by a young boy. He gives the reader a pep talk of sorts, with positive messages, like “Monsters are sometimes nice.” and “Monsters look scarier than they really are.” The second activity takes the story one step further, providing interactive pages to go with each part of the story. For example, when the story describes 3 headed monsters, there they are, but they’re more comical than frightening, with lots of detailed movement.
The third activity is a gallery of all the “characters” from the story, with a short bio written about each one. Finally, the fourth activity is the Monster Maker. A basic set of monster parts comes with the app; additional sets are available through in-app purchases (IAP). The steps for building a monster are intuitive and involve no reading. A tool bar across the top of the screen allows for adding and modifying each part until it’s just right. After the creature is finished, Monster Moogle lets your child take a picture of it, which can be saved to a Photo Album in the app, or shared via email.
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Monster Moogle has created a distinctive signature look (bold colors, excellent graphics, clever animations) to give children lots of images of monsters that may appear scary, but when you look carefully, they’re really not that scary. My one critique of Monster Moogle is that, frankly, these aren’t monsters at all. They’re zany and goofy characters, true, but they’re not monsters. I guess that's the point the developer was trying to make. That being said, I still find Monster Moogle a fun way to get a conversation started about monsters, so that children can overcome their fears about them.
Monster Moogle is availabe for downlaod via the iTunes App Store - iPad
RRP - $1.99/£1.49
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.