Muppets on Your iPhone: Elmo’s Monster Maker

The Muppets appeared on The Nerdist Podcast yesterday to be interviewed by very big nerd Chris Hardwick. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal, Pepe, Swedish Chef, Bunsen, and Beaker all appeared for the occasion. They discuss “Bohemian Rhapsody,” The Webby Awards, what they do in their spare time, and so much more. This is a can’t miss Muppet appearance, so click the link and give it a listen for free!

Elmo’s Monster Maker
$3.99 on iTunes

Ryan Dosier – Today I sat down and played with Elmo, and I’m not ashamed to say it! (Okay, so I wouldn’t do it in public, but I’m not ashamed to say I did it in private!) Yes, today I played Elmo’s Monster Maker, an iPhone Application that allows you or your preschooler to design a monster Muppet who then dances and plays with Elmo.

The premise is very simple and the game is very easy to control. You simply touch the monster’s face to add or change the eyes, nose, or headgear for your monster. The game doesn’t need to be complicated or strategic, it’s just a lot of innocent fun. Isn’t that what Elmo is all about?

The monsters featured in the game vary in size, shape, and color. After you’ve selected a monster body, you have to pick a pair of eyes, a nose, and a hat for your monster by touching its face and the top of its head. The options for eyes, noses, and hats change depending on the monster body as well, so there are literally hundreds of combinations that can be made.

After you make your monster there are three different options: dance, play with Elmo, and take a picture. And they are all pretty straight-forward options, so I won’t go into too much description of them. It’s fun to see your creation play with Elmo for a little bit and dancing Muppets are always fun. When Elmo takes a picture of your monster, the picture is saved to your iPhone or iPod Touch’s Photos section where you can view it at any time.

This app really is a lot of fun. Even yours truly, a 19 year old Muppet fan, had fun playing with Elmo and making monsters. However the initial appeal did dissipate fairly quickly for me. There are so many times you can watch a monster dance with Elmo in a day.

However, I’m sure this app is a huge hit with preschoolers and parents of preschoolers. They must get a kick out of seeing something they actually made play with their friend Elmo. I’m sure their parents also get a kick out of checking their Photos on their iPhone and finding 350 new monsters.

So, in conclusion, I can’t recommend this app enough to parents of preschoolers who love Elmo (and what preschooler doesn’t?). But if you’re an older fan, you might want to save your $3.99 for “Grover’s Number Special,” which is a lot more fun for older fans (and which will be reviewed sometime next week).

And, with that… it’s time to BOOGIE!

The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier

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