Jeannie has been writing online for over eight years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.
My Singing Monsters
When I initially stumbled upon a free game application on Amazon for something called My Singing Monsters, I never realized the journey I was about to take. It seemed like a silly children's game, but within no time, I became obsessed. I constantly breed new monsters, acquire new islands, bake food for the monsters, feed them, buy them their favorite decorations, and allow them to rock out on their islands. These monsters take up a lot of my time. In fact, an embarrassing amount of time and energy is spent on these guys, so I will leave out those details. I've found out along the way that some life lessons can actually be learned while playing My Singing Monsters.
Sure, the monsters are cute and fun to watch. Yes, I know the game is purposely addictive so you might spend real money buying them food, treats, etc. I mean, you don't want your favorite Furcorn not to get to level 15, do you? Doesn't he deserve to be with his friends and sing his best song for the world? So yeah, I get it. Even Kristian Bush from the band Sugarland has gotten in on the action. He played the game so much and tweeted about it, so the makers of the game asked him to record some music for his own monster. Now, not only is there a Shugabush monster, there is indeed an entire island devoted to him.
No matter how addictive this game may be, there are life lessons to be learned while playing it. Forget about actually using real money to succeed in the game. Forget about obsessing over getting the best band together on Shugabush Island (even if I've been doing just that recently). As an adult, I feel like many of the My Singing Monsters lessons are lessons I should have already learned, but sometimes the game helps remind me. For adults wondering if this is a good game for children, I would say many valuable lessons can be learned.
I think the most important lesson taught while playing My Singing Monsters is patience. This happens to be a trait that I need to work on. Not everything in life is going to come easily and sometimes you must wait a while. I will give you a couple of examples of how patience is important to My Singing Monsters success.
If you want one of the best monsters on your island, you are going to have to wait. Some monsters are only seasonal, such as the Punkleton that comes around in October. Did I want the Punkleton sooner that that? Of course I did! But am I a grown-up and I sometimes have to be patient to get the cool skeleton monster with a pumpkin head.
Even when a monster is available, it may take many attempts to successfully breed a monster. I personally tried the correct breeding combination at least 10 times before the Punkleton was born. Even after I was finally able to breed him, you can't get the monster immediately. Once again, it is all about waiting. Sometimes it takes up to 2 days of incubating and 2 more days of keeping the monster in the nursery before you can even put him on your island. Patience is essential!
Also, you can opt to bake food for your monsters on the island or you can buy food with real money. Since most kids are not going to have access to real money, their only option is to bake the food. Once again, this process can take a long time. Turkeys, cakes, and pizza take the longest to bake. If you want your monsters to eat like kings, you'd better plan ahead and start baking that turkey now. It is going to take an entire day before your monsters can feast on that. If your monsters are craving cake, you'd better be patient! It is going to take 2 days.
Behind the Scenes - My Singing Monsters
My Singing Monsters Tips
- You can always change the name of your monster by clicking on the monster and then the name. Some of those names are just too weird!
- Don't worry if you can't succeed at breeding a legendary monster at first. Statistically speaking, you usually get it within 10 attempts.
- As soon as you have the option to put mini-mines on islands, make sure to place one on every available island. You can never have too many diamonds.
- You really don't need 5 bakeries on every island if you have 4 or more islands. They are just taking up space.
- Make sure to put a storage shed and unity tree on every single island. It helps de-clutter all the decorations.
- Visit other random islands when you can. (Press the "friends" button to find that option.) It will help give you new ideas on decorating and organizing your own. Think of it as HGTV for singing monsters.
- You can always turn down the volume on a monster rather than muting it. Muted monsters always look so sad!
- If there is a monster or two that sings a song you really like, you can turn down the volume on all the other monsters to hear it better. You can also zoom in on a monster to hear him louder, although that is only temporary.
- If you need to place a monster, but you've ran out of space, you can put some monsters in the motel until you upgrade the castle.
- It takes 75,000,000 coins to buy a Wubbox, so if you are not at level 27 yet, start saving up your coins now!
As I previously mentioned, you can often use real money to make purchases on the island. However, if you are patient, you can eventually earn enough monster coins to buy monsters, food, decorations, and other important monster necessities. I believe many valuable life lessons can be learned when players must decide how to spend the monster coins and diamonds earned throughout the game.
For instance, there are many circumstances when a player must decide how to prioritize the money. Sometimes I'd like to buy plenty of food for the bakeries, but if I do that, I can't afford a decoration one my monsters really likes. Monsters are happiest when they have the decorations they prefer, yet they need to be feed to advance to other levels. Sometimes you have to decide if you want to spend your money on being happy or paying for practical things like food. Unfortunately, just like in real life, you can't always have both.
The singing monsters also earn money when they are placed on islands. I suppose they are making money because they are singing and that is their job, but honestly, I've never quite figured that one out. Who knows what jobs they do when I am not around? At any rate, each monster earns at a different rate. Some monsters automatically make a lot of money because they are such great singers or play an instrument. Other monsters make more money as their levels get higher. And still, the happier a monster is feeling, the more the monster earns. So this teaches kids another valuable life lesson: everyone needs to earn money. The more money you earn, the more stuff you can buy.
Speaking of stuff you can buy, I haven't even mentioned the castles yet. Each island has a castle for the monsters. As the monsters multiply, you must upgrade the castle so every monster has his or her own bed. You have to spend coins or diamonds for each upgrade, so you have to make sure you've got the finances for it. You don't want to have a bunch of baby monsters running around and no bed for them, right?
Aside from teaching financial responsibility, My Singing Monsters also teaches children to be responsible for another life... even if it is only the lives of computer monsters. The more you feed the monster, the better the level. The more attention you give your monsters, the more money you make. When you give your monsters things they like or allow them to be with their favorite monsters, they flourish.
My Singing Monsters is probably a good way to see if someone is ready to have a pet. It is also a good reminder that one must be responsible when it comes to reproducing. Eventually the islands run out of space and you must decide whether to get rid of a monster you already have to make room for a new one, or you have to sell the new monster. I would prefer if you were allowed to give the monster up for adoption, but nonetheless, this still teaches children that you can't just keep getting new pets. You need to have the resources and space for new animals.
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I am going to be honest with you, not all of the singing monsters are cute. Some of them have a face only a mother could love, and that is still stretching it a bit. When I first saw some of the monsters, I thought, "There is no way I want this on my island!" However, some of the least attractive monsters have the most musical talent or they earn plenty of money.
So what can this teach kids? Don't judge a book by its cover! You need to get to know everyone and accept people (or monsters) for their differences. Some of the monsters I liked the least in the beginning are my favorite monsters now. Are they all cute and fuzzy like the Mammott? No. Can they all be lovely and graceful like the Tweedle? Of course not. But it is easy to love all the monsters since each one is special.
Why You Should Play This Game
If I have not sold you on the awesomeness of this game, I am shocked. It is a learning game without being in your face about it. Sure, you won't learn how to be a better speller or learn the names of the 50 states playing this game, but you might learn a little about patience or acceptance of others without even realizing it.
What I like about this game is it is not a competitive game. You simply play it to have fun. Yes, a couple of my friends are also playing and there are some competitive moments when one of us gets a monster the other one has been trying to breed without success; but still, we are adults and we get over it quickly.
This game allows you to create your own world without being drawn too much into a fantasy. You don't have to write any stories or play with other players online. You are simply able to leave behind all your other worries, even if for only 15 minutes a day to enjoy the sounds of some singing monsters. How great is that?
By the way, for any parents out there, a great aspect to this game is no monsters actually die if you forget to feed them. I know this can be a concern because of other games like this, but there are no deaths in the land of singing monsters. That is one life lesson this game won't force you to endure. The monsters give you a happy and safe environment... and many rocking tunes.
Copyright ©2013 Jeannieinabottle
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Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 12, 2014:
Kathryn, thanks so much for checking out my hub. Now that you know about the game, maybe you will give it a try. It is addictive though!
Sheilamyers - I would have never imagined I would get so hooked on a silly kids game, but it has so many more levels than I would have imagined. Thanks for your comment!
FlourishAnyway - Haha, I guess that is true. Those teenagers are learning life lessons now! Some of them could probably stand to learn financial responsibility. Thanks for dropping by my hub.
bravewarrior, I used to feel that way, too. My Kindle Fire opened up a world to me with video games. I still don't go too crazy... I think! Thanks for checking out my hub.
DrBill-WmL-Smith, thanks for visiting my hub. I am glad you liked it.
William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on January 11, 2014:
Interacting with children, and children playing games, keeps you young and grounded. Thanks for sharing! ;-)
Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 11, 2014:
I've never played computer games or video games, for that matter. Well, once in a blue moon I'll play solitaire, but that was when I worked outside the home.
You brought up some good lessons to be learned by this game and brought me into a world I've never known.
FlourishAnyway from USA on January 11, 2014:
Cute hub. I can now see teens (who are playing this game instead of doing their homework) using the rationale that they are learning life lessons. Smart angle!
sheilamyers on January 11, 2014:
I've heard about a lot of these games from people at work and, to be honest, I figured they were nothing more than games people played in order to have a little fun. I never thought about what they could teach kids. After reading your hub, I now know there are more to these games than meets the eye.
Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on January 10, 2014:
I have never heard of this, but it sounds interesting. And I love how you have not only given us information and tips on the game, but lessons learned by playing the game. Cool hub, and funny.
Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day.
Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 10, 2014:
The saddest thing is, I might have been able to write at least 3 more hubs on this subject. I love it! You might like it, too. It is not that different from Farmville, except you have monsters instead of crops. Thanks for dropping by!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 10, 2014:
Well, Jeannie, your secret is out now. Heaven help you! LOL These games are addictive for sure. It took me a year to break the Farmville habit...now I'm addicted to Words. I don't think there is hope for any of us. :)