Juliette loves Monster High, so much so that she put Monster High dolls at the top of her Christmas wish list and was over the moon when she discovered them under the tree on Christmas morning (well, Christmas Eve actually, because Father Christmas comes before bed in France and we were at the in laws' this year !). It therefore goes without saying that she was absolutely delighted when we received a copy of the Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze game to play on the Wii.
The game has a rating of 7+ but I don't see why younger children couldn't play on it, as long as they're OK with the slightly ghoulish concept and characters of the Monster High dolls and cartoons. 3-year-old Pierre quite happily watches his sisters playing and isn't at all scared, even when they get eaten by the teeth-filled coffins ! (It's not as scary as it sounds, honest !). You can "beat up" your opponents but to give you an idea, one of the "weapons" is a pair of lips (or a kiss, as Juliette calls it) so we're not exactly talking blood and guts.
You get to pick your favourite Monster High characters to create a roller-skating dream team and compete in various circuits, collecting coins and power-ups and avoiding nasty obstacles (and the walls - every time I play, I manage to skate straight into a wall, much to the girls' absolute delight!).
Different characters have different ghoul powers and special abilities but I admit, my eyes might have glazed over slightly as Juliette launched into a long and detailed (and ultimately totally gibberish) description of the differences between them all!
The first couple of times, we played without the nunchuck and found out that it is much harder to control the players without it. Juliette got frustrated to begin with because she kept getting the message that she was skating in the wrong direction and couldn't manage to turn round (which reminds me of the first - and I think last - time that I played Gran Tourismo on the original Playstation !). After a bit of practice (and the addition of the nunchuck), she soon got to grips with it and managed to quickly start appearing on the leaderboard. Cue much excited jumping up and down !
As an adult, I find it to be quite repetitive and a bit too simple, but given the age of most Monster High fans, that's probably a good thing. Juliette has certainly been having a lot of fun with it.
star rating : 4/5
RRP : £17.99
Disclosure : We received a copy of the game in order to write an honest review.
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