Product Type: Moshi Monsters board games
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Moshi Monsters Where is Moshi
Member Name: elfbwillow1
Moshi Monsters Where is Moshi
Advantages: Fun for Moshi Monster fans. helps children learn how to describe things
Disadvantages: Stickers do do stay stuck, pegs are tiny
2013 is now in full swing and what with the large bundle Santa bought for our little girl this year, there is plenty of new games trying to find places in our house among all the old things that our princess refuses to get rid of!
Some months before Christmas, our little girl started getting into a new craze of Moshi Monsters. It began with her friend introducing her to an online site where children can adopt a little Moshi Monster character, play games, build them homes and lots more. Following this, she started collecting the little figures and now has too many to count and many are even overtaking her Playmobil house! Therefore, we already knew well beforehand that Moshi Monsters were going to end up on her Christmas list to Santa, and the lucky girl got a number of different items in this range, including this particular game; 'Where's Moshi?'.
'Where's Moshi' is a take on the old game of 'Guess Who' which has been entertaining children for years. Of course, this game is more particular, and unlike 'Guess Who', this game would only really appeal to those children who love the Moshi Monster craze.
Please forgive me if I get the terms 'Moshi Monster' and 'Moshlings' mixed up. Unlike my little girl, I have not quite got the hang of all the unusual names within this craze, though I am sure that I am not the only one!
Like most children's games, the box is extremely eye-catching with a brightly coloured image of the game along side many Moshi Monster images. Once opened, you will find two bright orange game boards in the style of the original game with spaces for twenty-four flip up pieces in bright green which attach to the game board by simply clicking into place. These pieces are a little fiddly to attach so an adult may need to sort this out, though once in, they work the other way also - becoming difficult to get out - which is a lot better than our version of Guess Who. Upon these flip up pieces you will need to add the stickers of twenty-four Moshlings. In all, there is fourty-eight stickers which add up to two of each so each game board has the same Moshlings. Once again, the stickers are tricky to put on to the flip up pieces as the space allowed is not much bigger than the stickers so an adult may have to do this. This is where this game fails where the original one surpasses. Although the risk of cards falling out of the game in the original is apparent, in this one you will find that after a while the stickers begin to peel off. If they are left to peel off in one whole piece then you may be able to glue them back on, though we haven't got that far yet as it is only some corners peeling back at the moment. Of course, there is a risk of the stickers starting to peel back and children playing with the edges and ripping them. If this happens, as far as I know, there are no replacement stickers for the game which would, in effect, stop game play after a while. A sticker is also placed on the front of the game board with the well known Moshi logo. This has the same problem with staying stuck!
Another difference with this game to the original is that instead of cards to show your chosen person, this one has small pegs which slot into a small hole in front of your chosen Moshi. These pegs are tiny and green and very easily lost. The game comes with four so there are spares, though as they are so small, you have to be very careful not to misplace them as we already have! Of course, game play can still continue without the pegs, though the marking of the chosen Moshi does help youngsters remember which one they chose, AND it helps prevent cheating as my little girl likes to try!
The game board and extras are reasonably well made, though probably not as well as it could be. The boards are very lightweight which is great for children, though this also makes them easy to break. The flip-up parts could break if bent hard enough, as the game board itself could snap if trodden on. This said, though, if looked after, apart from the problem with the stickers and the tiny pegs, it is a game which should last a while.
TWO LEGS OR A TAIL
Game play is exactly like the original, though instead of asking whether a person has brown hair or eyes, questions become a little more inventive which helps the child think about the different ways to describe things. For example, you could ask whether the moshi can fly? If it has three arms or maybe even no arms? Is it wearing clothing? Does it have a tail? My daughter comes out with some wonderful questions for this game, seeing the Moshi's in a different way to how I do, though her way must be better as I very rarely win a game!
The game is for two players who sit opposite one another and begin by choosing their Moshi and inserting a peg. The questions then begin with the two players taking turns in asking and flipping down those who they can eliminate. For example, if the answer is 'no' to having a tail, the player can flip down all the Moshi's who have a tail. The winner is the first to find the other Moshi.
The game is aimed for four years upwards, though my daughter is five and sometimes has a few problems in game play with figuring out what Moshi's to put down. With a little help, though, she plays the game like a pro and the fact that it is Moshi Monsters makes it a game that she loves.
We have played this game quite a few times now and she has not got fed up of it yet. It does help that it is her favourite craze at the moment, and I do wonder how long this craze will last, though for now at least, it was a great buy.
Amazon are selling this game for £9.99 at the moment, reduced from £12.99 which, I believe, is the same in most shops which sell Moshi games. This is an average price for games like this and it is as worth it as other games. The most important thing is that my little girl loves it which makes it a great buy. Do look around, though, as crazes like this in children come and go so fast and if you are luck, you may find a second hand item somewhere. We were extremely lucky as we found a brand new one in a charity shop for only £2.00 which was astounding!
If your child is not into Moshi Monsters then this game would not be for them and perhaps the original Guess Who would be better, though for children into this craze then this is a great buy. It is not without its flaws, though if looked after then the game should last quite a while.
Summary: A modernised version of the old Guess Who game