Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Monster High: New Ghoul in School


Monster High, New Ghoul in School, video game for girls

It's that time of the year when we are winding down for Christmas holiday. Just 3 more days, and the kids will be all over the gadgets that have been taken away from them during term time. Hopefully the 2 weeks holiday isn't too hard to survive, after all we do have an amazing range of games waiting for them to fully enjoy this year, including Monster High: New Ghoul in School, which Abby really enjoyed while trialing the game. I had a go myself as well and I definitely think that it's a game that Monster High fans will like!


Monster High, New Ghoul in School, video game for girls

Players play as a new ghoul who has just joint Monster High in Monster High: New Ghoul in School (pegi 3, out on Wii, Wii U, 3DS, XBox 360 and PS3). They get to create their own character, interact with the familiar faces from Monster High shows, join clubs and make decisions to make the school a better place. They will also be collecting Spirit Coins to buy outfits and dress their characters up too.


Monster High, New Ghoul in School, video game for girls
Character creation
Monster High, New Ghoul in School, video game for girls
First day at Monster High
Right: Collectibles
Save File:
There are 3 data files for players to save their game, and because it's an auto-save game, players can create 3 different type of ghouls to play the game. It is handy for me and Abby as we can both play without affecting each other's game.


Character Creation:
To personalise a character, players can choose the type of ghoul they want to be (I chose Dragon-kin), and choose the skin colour, hair style and colour (both can be changed in the game), as well as giving them a nice outfit (also changeable) before starting school.


Time in the Game:
Players will then arrive the school yard in the morning, with 150 Spirit Coins in their pocket. The time in the game (morning, lunch and after school) is decided by the player, so as long as they don't go to class, the morning doesn't end, which gives players plenty of time to explore Monster High, chatting with other ghouls, and do things at their own pace.

So say for example, I love collecting Spirit Coins and collectibles, and exploring Monster High, so I spent a lot of time going through each room looking for them. There is no rush to go to class unless I want lunch time to start.

Players will want to change the time of the day because they can do different things during each period. There are clubs to join during lunch and after school, which gives players missions (objectives), and each finished objectives gives players more Spirit Coins that players can use to buy new, fashionable outfits and accessories. 


Monster High, New Ghoul in School, video game for girls
One of the many school hallway
Monster High, New Ghoul in School, video game for girls
Map
Monster High, New Ghoul in School, video game for girls
Problem Solving to get to the collectibles
Monster High, New Ghoul in School, video game for girls
End of day collectibles calculation
Spirit Coins:
So collecting Spirit Coins is a fairly big thing in the game, but you can get them by exploring (there are some problem solving and jumping around involved) or completing objectives, so it doesn't feel like a chore, nor make you feel like collecting coins is all you are doing. There are also random chain of floating Spirit Coins players can collect by running after them, doing something when the action button shows when facing an object, and by collecting other collectibles, which will reward Spirit Coins at the end of the day when players go to bed.


Monster High, New Ghoul in School, video game for girls
Shopping!
Be a Fashionable Ghoul:
Ghouls in Monster High are very fashion minded, just like in the shows. So players will of course want to be a fashionable ghoul too! They can spend their hard earned Spirit Coins on nice outfits and accessories from the store, which is easily accessible from their phone (I think it's a phone, or tablet).

Players do already have a selection of clothes at home on top of their first outfit chosen, but you can never have too many outfits, right?


Monster High, New Ghoul in School, video game for girls
Objectives
Monster High, New Ghoul in School, video game for girls
Left: Chatting with familiar Monster High Characters and joining the Student Council
Right: News Feed 
Monster High, New Ghoul in School, video game for girls
Character profile
Phone:
Apart from shopping and using the map on their phone, players can also find a list of objectives, to remind themselves what they need to do, check their messages and Monster High News Feed, as well as character profiles from the famous Monster high students they have spoken to.


Monster High, New Ghoul in School, video game for girls
Your room. A massive room!
Room:
When the player decided to go home (you will want the day to end so you can continue working on objectives the next day), they will face a massive room (it really is very big!), most likely messy if they haven't tidied it up after changing previously. Every time you tidy up though, you will earn Spirit Coins (calculated you go to bed), and since the room gets messy every time you change, you don't have to worry about running out of collectibles to collect!

Players can also change their hair style and colour by the vanity table, to match their new outfit.


Our Thoughts:
When Abby trialed the game, she couldn't put it down. She was loving the high school life, joining clubs and completing objectives.

I love how big the map is and there are plenty to explore. The flexibility of changing the camera angle really help too, especially when you are trying to jump across, which is easier if you look at the character from a side view. I also love the hidden codes you can find around the school. The only other thing I would also love to be able to do is to zoom into my character. I'm not sure whether you can do so on other consoles, but not on a Nintendo 2DS (it's more fitting to install the game on Abby's handheld).

If you know a Monster high fan, I'd say go for it!