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Moshi Monsters is a British website aimed at children aged 6-12,[2] with over 80 million registered users in 150 territories worldwide.[3] Users choose from one of six virtual pet monsters (Diavlo, Luvli, Katsuma, Poppet, Furi and Zommer) they can create, name and nurture. Once their pet has been customized, players can navigate their way around Monstro City, take daily puzzle challenges to earn 'Rox' (a virtual currency), play games, personalize their room and communicate with other users in a safe environment, although this has been disputed.[4]

Moshi Monsters
Moshi Monsters logo.svg
Moshi Monsters logo
Developer(s)Mind Candy
EngineAdobe Flash Player
Platform(s)Online
Release16 April 2008[1]

HistoryEdit

The game was created by Michael Acton Smith, and developed in 2008 by entertainment company Mind Candy and finally launched in April 2008.[5] As of December 2009, there were at least 10 million players registered.[6] In March 2010, Mind Candy announced that there were 15 million users and by September 2010, that number had surpassed 25 million.[7] In June 2011, it was announced that there were 50 million users.[8]

GameplayEdit

MonstersEdit

The monsters are the characters that the user plays as. They are given a name by the user when they register at the website. There are six types of monsters: Poppet, Katsuma, Furi, Zommer, Diavlo, and Luvli.

MoshlingsEdit

The monsters (in-game pets) keep their own pets, called "Moshlings". They come in a variety of themed sets, including Arties, Beasties, Koeys and Spookies. Those who aren't paying members can keep two "Moshlings" in their room whilst paying members can keep up to six and visit other pets in the zoo.

MerchandiseEdit

Since its digital popularity, Moshi Monsters has grown commercially to include physical products, including games, the Moshi Monsters Magazine (number one selling children's magazine in the UK in 2011),[9] a best-selling DS video game,[10] a number 4 music album, books, membership cards, bath soap, chocolate calendars, trading cards, figures of many Moshlings, mobile games, and a Moshi Monsters feature film. Eight Moshi Monster toys were included in McDonald's Happy Meals in the United States and Canada in December 2013.[11]

Mobile gamesEdit

In July 2013, Mind Candy released Moshi Monsters Village on Google Play,[12] a 3D city-builder published by GREE and developed by Tag Games. After GREE UK shut down,[13] Mind Candy decided to take over the game as publisher, leaving the development to Tag Games. The game was relaunched on Apple devices on 18 December 2013 immediately ahead of the release of the movie.

In December 2013, Mind Candy published the companion app Talking Poppet, also developed by Tag Games.

In February 2014, Moshi Karts was released on iOS by Mind Candy.

In June 2014, Moshling Rescue a "match three" game based on the Moshling characters was released on iOS and Android.

In early 2015 Mind Candy released an app called World of Warriors which was shut down in October 2018.

In November 2016, they released the Moshi Monsters Egg Hunt app, alongside a companion storybook of the same name.

MusicEdit

In March 2012, Mind Candy confirmed a major partnership deal with Sony Music.[14] The deal followed the recent launch of Mind Candy's own music label, Moshi Monsters Music. The deal will see Sony Music handle the distribution aspects of Moshi Monsters' music releases, starting with the debut album Moshi Monsters, Music Rox! Jason Perry, formerly with the UK rock band A and head of Moshi Music, is driving the new album. The Moshi Monsters series features music from Sonic Boom, Beatie Wolfe, The Blackout, Portia Conn, and songs such as "Moptop Tweenybop" and "Merry Twistmas". Two albums are available on iTunes and Google Play, as well as on disc. One album contains the songs from Moshi Monsters: The Movie, and another album has some of Moshi Monster's first songs. Not all songs are available to buy on various platforms.

Lady Goo Goo injunctionEdit

In October 2011, Ate My Heart Inc, representing the musician Lady Gaga, were granted an interim injunction by the High Court of Justice of England and Wales to stop Mind Candy, parent company of Moshi Monsters, from releasing music on iTunes by a Moshi Monster character known as Lady Goo Goo. The songs intended for release included the parody "Peppy-razzi", similar to the Lady Gaga hit "Paparazzi".[15] Justice Vos of the High Court ruled that Lady Goo Goo could appear in the Moshi Monsters game, but that Mind Candy could not release, promote, advertise, sell, distribute, or otherwise make available "any musical work or video that purports to be performed by a character by the name of Lady Goo Goo, or that otherwise uses the name Lady Goo Goo or any variant thereon".[16] Lady Goo Goo was later replaced with a new Moshling named Baby Rox, who is not a parody of any particular celebrity.

MovieEdit

In 2013, Mind Candy announced a Moshi Monsters film. In September 2013, Issue 34 of the Moshi Monsters Magazine included a Moshi Music DVD with a short trailer. On 10 October 2013 a short preview of the trailer was broadcast on ITV Daybreak. Later that day, the trailer was released on MSN. The film was released on 20 December 2013 in the UK and 20 February 2014 in Australia. The DVD and Blu-ray were released on 14 April 2014 in the UK and 3 April 2014 in Australia.[17]

Decline in popularity and relaunchEdit

The creator of Moshi Monsters, Mind Candy, suffered a loss of £2.2m in 2013 due to a drop in sales from Moshi Monsters. The company's financial reports have shown that the profit declined by 34.8% from £ 46.9 million in 2012 to £ 30.6 million in 2013.

In 2015, Mind Candy revealed that they were preparing to relaunch Moshi Monsters for a younger audience of four- to seven-year-olds, initially as animation with apps and toys to follow. However, no changes have been made to the Moshi Monsters site since then, apart from the removal of the forums section.

Since 2015, the decline of Moshi Monsters and the site's creator Mind Candy has continued. The peak of Moshi Monsters' popularity was in 2012 at £46.9m, and it has continued to tumble. Last year[when?] total revenues were £7.1m, compared with £13.2m in 2014.[18]

CriticismEdit

In 2015, both Bin Weevils and Moshi Monsters were told to change the wording of their in-app advertisements by the Advertising Standards Authority, who said that the adverts pressured users to buy certain items inside the game. The Advertising Standards Authority said that phrases such as "The Super Moshis need YOU", which they said put pressure on children. Mind Candy said that it took its responsibilities "very seriously with regards to how we communicate with all of our fans, especially children." It went on to say that Mind Candy had "been working with the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) to ensure that we adhere to best practice and have made changes to the Moshi Monsters game accordingly. We will continue to work with the ASA in any way possible."[19]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
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IRE
[21]
UK
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Music Rox! 31 4 4

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ Moshi Monsters founder: 'I was Mr Stress, now I'm Mr Calm' Archived 2019-04-03 at the Wayback Machine, Business Insider
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  9. ^ ABC Figures Reveal Moshi Monsters Magazine is the Best Selling Children's Magazine in the UK Archived 2015-10-28 at the Wayback Machine, Bloomberg
  10. ^ Moshi Monsters video game breaks chart record Archived 2012-07-04 at the Wayback Machine, ToyNews
  11. ^ "Moshi Monsters gets QSR promo at McDonald's". Archived from the original on 2019-07-12. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  12. ^ "Moshi Monsters Village - Apps on Google Play". play.google.com. Archived from the original on 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  13. ^ Ingrid Lunden (Jul 8, 2013) https://techcrunch.com/2013/07/08/japans-gaming-giant-gree-retrenches-in-europe-shuts-down-uk-office-to-focus-on-development-in-the-u-s-for-western-market/ Archived 2017-12-09 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Sony Music partners with Moshi Monsters - News - Music Week". www.musicweek.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-16. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  15. ^ Neither Mind Candy nor the Goo Goo Dolls can lay claim to being the first to whose given name has been appended the epithet "Goo Goo". For that honor one might turn at the very least to Lt. Gen. Leslie Richard ("Dick" or "Goo Goo") Groves, Jr., a World War II-era US Army Corps of Engineers officer who oversaw not only the construction of the Pentagon for the US Department of Defense but also the Manhattan Project that created the atomic bombs that won World War II for the Allies and literally saved the world from autocracy. Chances are, too, there were other "goo goos" in the US Army before Groves.
  16. ^ Sweney, Mark (13 October 2011). "Lady Goo Goo injunction". TheGuardian.co.uk. Archived from the original on 30 September 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Moshi Monsters (2013)". Archived from the original on 2015-04-20. Retrieved 2018-07-21 – via www.imdb.com.
  18. ^ "MIND CANDY LIMITED - Filing history (free information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2019-07-12. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  19. ^ Rawlinson, Kevin (2015-08-26). "Ad watchdog rebukes Moshi Monsters". Archived from the original on 2019-07-06. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  20. ^ "Moshi Monsters - Australian Charts". australian-charts.com/ Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2012-07-03.
  21. ^ "Moshi Monsters - Irish Charts". irish-charts.com/ Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2015-04-03. Retrieved 2012-07-03.
  22. ^ Peak positions for albums on the UK Albums Chart: