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They are yours, and they sing! Need we say more?

My Singing Monsters is a 2012 free-to-play world-building game for iOS and Android by Big Blue Bubble, Inc. The player collects and breeds monsters, each of which has a unique musical property (some sing, some make drum-like sounds, etc.). There are multiple islands, each with different monsters, and monsters that show up on multiple islands have different sounds on each island.

The game's success allowed for its 2014 Playstation Vita port, as well as the creation of a 2015 prequel called My Singing Monsters: Dawn of Fire, alongside the spinoff games My Mammott and My Pom-Pom, both virtual pet games featuring said monsters.


This game provides examples of:

  • Allegedly Free Game: Actually averted. You can buy diamonds, which is the currency most monsters require and can also be used to speed up actions such as breeding and baking. However, diamonds just make your game more convenient; it's completely possible to breed every monster in the game free, although it will take a lot of patience to get Ethereal monsters this way.
    • Not to mention that earning diamonds is actually fairly easy. You have mini-mines which generate 1 a day and every 2nd and 5th day you get diamonds as a daily reward. Finally some of the tasks can earn you diamonds, such as breeding certain monsters for the first time.
  • Born as an Adult: In the original game, all monsters emerge from their eggs fully formed.
    • Averted in My Singing Monsters: Dawn of Fire, where all monsters are born in their baby forms. However, in this game, only baby monsters can breed.
  • Boss Battle: Not in the traditional video game sense, but attempting to breed the quad-element monsters requires pure luck and certain conditions to be met, much more difficult than breeding monsters with fewer elements. This is lampshaded in the description of the Boss Monument structure, which consists of all five quad-element monsters depicted together on the structure.
    • There are the even harder-to-breed Ethereal monsters, with breeding success rates reportedly down to the 1% range.
    • While not exactly a final boss per-sé, the Yelmut from Dawn of Fire takes some patience to raise. It's not only a quad element monster which takes longer to breed, it's native to Cave Island, meaning that it must be raised to level 20 before it can be teleported.
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    • Also from Dawn of Fire, The Candelavra, the first quint-element monster. However, it only teleports to party island and space island, which only require level 5 and 10 respectively
    • The Drummidary needs even more patience, as it goes to Cloud Island (level 15).
  • Christmas Episode: The Festival of Yay Event on Cold Island, where players can breed Yool.
  • Disc-One Final Dungeon: Earth Island
  • Dem Bones: Punkleton, Cybop, Boodoo, Bona-Petite and Loodvigg.
  • Easter Bunny: Blabbit.
  • Easter Special: The Easter event on Water Island, where players can breed Blabbit.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: There are monsters. They sing. They are yours.
  • Expy: Several of the monsters.
    • The Nebulob monster, existing only on the Ethereal Island, has what can be described as the singing voice of Elton John during his Tenor Boy years, complete with a detectable British accent.
    • Another Ethereal monster, the Reebro, is essentially a brain on a mechanical platform with mechanical legs, very similar to the Spider Mastermind and the Arachnotron.
    • The Dipsters bear a striking resemblance to Diglett.
    • On a rather meta example, the Sooza from Dawn of Fire looks almost identical to the original game's Pom-Pom, but, you know, with a Sousaphone.
      • Made even funnier by the fact that the game lampshades this.
    • Yool can classify as an Expy of Santa Claus.
      • Some of Yool's names even reference this, Kris, Kringle, and Santler.
  • Exposed Animal Belly Button: Drumpler, Potbelly, Entbrat, and Blabbit in the first game.
    • In Dawn of Fire, we have Floogull, Thrumble, and Plixie.
      • Cold Island's Boss, Deedge, was given one.
  • Fan Boy: The Cybop is a huge fan of the Ethereal Jellbilly monster, so much so that Jellbillys receive fan mail from their Cybop admirers. They do reply to all the fan mail they receive, though.
  • Final Boss: Quarrister. It's the last quad element monster in the game.
    • In this case, the Wubbox is the True Final Boss. Its egg can only be bought in the Market for 75 million coins, an extraordinary amount for low-leveled players. Its egg requires 48 hours of incubation time normally, then its unique raising mechanics require players to breed one of every regular monster (excluding Ethereals and Legendaries, thankfully) and place each of them in a dormant box that is hatched from the egg. Only after these requirements are met will the Wubbox activate.
  • Freemium: Buying any resource pack (food, coins, diamonds) with real money will make the two premium structures available. It will also remove the in-game advertisements.
  • Green Hill Zone: Plant Island
  • Halloween Episode: The Halloween Event on Plant Island, where players can breed Punkleton.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: You can breed almost any combination of monsters (except for two of the same monster). Leads to some interesting matchups.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Mecha!: Joining the cast of run-of-the mill monsters, we have the Wubbox and Rare Wubbox monsters, which are giant dancing robots that contribute dubstep to the islands they are on. Their sound can be considered jarring depending on a particular island's song. (cough, Ethereal Island, cough).
  • Interspecies Romance: Any breeding pair, since you can't breed two of the same monster together.
  • Lethal Lava Land: Earth Island.
  • Our Monsters Are Different: These ones can sing and dance.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Legendary Shugabush monster is based in appearance on vocalist Kristian Bush of the American country music duo Sugarland, including his beard and mandolin. The Shugabush name is a portmanteau of Sugarland and Bush's last name. As noted in Real Life Writes the Plot, this is a unique use of this trope in that Kristian Bush himself collaborated with the developers of the game in order to create the Shugabush. Shugabush even has other related monsters on their own island, which plays a variation of Kristian Bush's song "Love or Money".
  • Non-Malicious Monster: The monsters can't really be classified as mons as they're not summoned and certainly not for fighting purposes, they're friendly or non-malicious monsters. While the spectral class of monsters and the Punkleton, Grumpyre or any other Shadow-Elemental can look a bit 'dark' and the T-Rox might appear dangerous, none of these monsters are harmful or violent even if a few of them might be a bit neurotic. They just want to sing and dance for money, look at interesting decorations, eat what you bake them and pal around with the monsters they're chummy with.
  • Series Continuity Error: In the Monster world, Pumpkins are called Smunkins. What are they called in the second game? Pumpkins.
  • Series Mascot: The Mammott is prominently used to promote the main games. They even have their own spin-off virtual pet app, My Mammott as well as plush toys of them among other merchandise.
    • The Furcorn also serves as the series mascot being on the app of the first My Singing Monsters game, having its own plush toy as well as other merchandise.
  • Shout-Out: Some of Rare Punkleton's names are Freddy, Jason and Mike
    • The Bowgart monster gets its name from Humphrey Deforest Bogart
    • The Mammott is this to Yetis and Bigfoot
    • The G'joob resembles Wilford Brimley.
  • Speaking Simlish: A majority of the monsters that vocalize do so in gibberish. The Pom-Pom, the Shugabush, the Rare Wubbox and the Werdos avert this, using actual words when they vocalize.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Threatening Geography
  • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: Gold Island
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: A small difference when attempting to raise a Wubbox. They are not bred, but purchased from the market as an egg. After hatching its egg, you are given a dormant box-like structure that you place on your island. In this state, you place one of every type of monster on a given island into it, or spend diamonds. Once this condition is met, the Wubbox will activate. The Wubbox and its rare variant are the only monsters that are raised in this way...
    • ...At least, until the Wublin update, which features a new island inhabited by monsters based solely on this mechanic. However, there are a few differences: instead of the monsters themselves, the Wublins require monster eggs that are bred and "zapped" from the breeding structure. There is also a time limit as to waking up each Wublin, and if you don't zap all the monster eggs in time, you'll have to either pay diamonds to fill in the remaining eggs or start all over.
    • Dipsters can also count, as they must be purchased with a unique type of currency.
    • The new Werdos Parlsona and Tawkerr must be purchased with 100 Relics each.
    • In Dawn of Fire there are Celestials which represent each element in the monster world (Plant, Cold, Air, Water, Earth, Plasma, Shadow, Mech, Crystal, Poison and Supernatural). These celestials must be obtained via a daily login game.
    • The Celestials were brought to the original MSM game in an update that also adds in Celestial Island. In that game, they start out as statues and require monster eggs to revive them just like the Wublins.
  • Valentine's Day Episodes: The Season of Love Event on Air island, where players can breed Schmoochle and one Rare a day.
  • Whale Egg: Every monster hatches from eggs, whether they are based on birds, reptiles, non-monotreme mammals, or even robots.


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