*Colto are offering a 7 day price promotion on this game. The price will be cut from $2.99 to $1.99 for 7 days on the App Store, Google Play and Amazon next week from beginning of Monday 11 to end of Sunday 17 July.*
What's a game review doing on a food blog you might ask?
Well, tackling picky eating isn't just about real, physical food. It's about making food fun, making it real and making it normal. And that's just what this game does.
In Highlights Monster Day, little kids get to care for their monster friends, helping him to wake up, brush his teeth, play with him - and feed him (nothing too unhealthy either - fruit and bagels are on the menu for the monster today).
The company behind the game, Highlights for Children, Inc, who produced the game in partnership with Colto, say that the game is designed to help young children to develop compassion, kindness and independence. It also helps them to learn about the world around them, and as well as being bright and fun, it's simple and the activities in the game are recognisable as things from their own lives.
All of my kids enjoyed playing it. R, at the age of 6, is definitely not a pre-schooler, but he still enjoyed playing a new game. Miss R, 4, loved it - it took her a little while to work out what to do and when she had got the hang of it she had a lot of fun caring for her monster. She is a big fan of both fruit and bagels, so I think they bonded over that. Baby S is 16 months and isn't quite ready for games yet, but he had a good time prodding the screen!
Tablets, technology and games are going to be a big part of our children's lives as they grow up. I like the fact that this game has been produced with the aim of encouraging children to care for others - it's aiming to be something more than just screen time. And I think it succeeds.
Here's the trailer so you can see the game yourself:
Disclaimer: we were sent a copy of Highlights Monster Day to review. No other payment was received for this post and all opinions are honest and my own.