Product Type: Moshi Monsters board games
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Not bad, but not as good as 'Guess Who?'
Moshi Monsters Where is Moshi
Member Name: karalouk
Moshi Monsters Where is Moshi
Advantages: Fun game, Moshi Monster fans will enjoy it
Disadvantages: The characters/questions can be awkward, Not as good as 'Guess Who?', Pegs not as good as cards
My daughters 'thing' this year has been Moshi Monsters. For her birthday she received a game called 'Where's Moshi?'.
What are Moshi Monsters you may be asking? Well Moshi Monsters started as an online game where children adopted and cared for their own virtual monsters. Moshi Monsters has now progressed in to something much bigger and there are all sorts of Moshi Monster merchandise available including magazines,books, video games, toys, trading cards and even a music album! There are hundreds of different Moshi Monsters and they all look very different.
The game comes in a colourful cardboard box and shows exactly what the game involves (it's a good idea to keep the box to store the game safety inside). It looks very pleasing to Moshi Fans, my daughter was very pleased to receive it! The age recommendation is 4+ years (my daughter received it on her fifth birthday) and is suitable for 2 players. The contents of the box includes 2 plastic orange game frames, 48 game doors (24 for each frame), 2 sticker sheets, 4 plastic peg markers and an instruction sheet. Rather annoyingly you have to stick all 48 stickers on the 48 game doors (and clip the game doors in to the game frames), this took some time (especially with an impatient 5 year old waiting to play) and is a task best done by adults - if the stickers get ruined, the game could be ruined. Be sure to place the stickers/game doors in different positions on both game frames!
The rules of the game are pretty simple and if you have ever played the popular game 'Guess Who?' then you will know exactly how it goes. Each player chooses a character at the start of the game and each player then takes turn to ask questions that will eliminate different characters until you can work out which character your opponent has chosen. The first to correctly guess their opponents character is the winner.
It's a great concept and I remember that I loved 'Guess Who?' as a child. 'Where's Moshi?' is a fun game and we've enjoyed playing it numerous times since my daughter received it. She struggled with the game slightly at first but has got much better now. Each game usually lasts us around 10 minutes and my daughter doesn't usually lose concentration. A lot of popular Moshi Monsters are included in the game - Oddie, Iggy, Cutie Pie, Jeepers, Fumble, Gigi, Angel, Chop Chop and Doris. The one big difference between 'Where's Moshi?' and 'Guess Who?' (apart from the characters) is that 'Where's Moshi?' doesn't have character cards. 'Guess Who?' had character cards which you laid face down and then chose a card - whatever card you chose was the character you stuck with. However 'Where's Moshi?' just has little pegs (which you push in to a small hole next to your chosen character, to remember which character you have chosen). Although it's nice to be able to choose your own character, I prefer the idea of character cards. Quite often my daughter forgets which character she has chosen and starts answering questions about other characters! She also has a habit of picking her favourite characters - this wouldn't happen if there were character cards. I would say the biggest downside to this game is that it can be quite awkward to ask questions about the characters. The questions in 'Guess Who?' are relatively easy to come up with and the characters are easy to differentiate. For example 'Is it a man or a woman? Do they wear glasses? Does he have a moustache?'. However the Moshi Monster characters are a lot more complex, so coming up with suitable questions can be hard. We usually ask questions such as 'Do they have feet? Are they holding something in their hand? Do they have something on their head?' but even these simple questions can be awkward because some characters (such as the starfish) 'sort of' have feet and some characters have horns (one even has a cherry) on their heads so we're never sure whether that qualifies as 'something on their head' or not.
Despite the confusion, my daughter enjoys this game. However I prefer 'Guess Who?' and may buy it for her at Christmas, in which case 'Where's Moshi?' will probably become redundant.
Summary: Nice idea.
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