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Published 07/11/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

MiniMonos is a virtual world intended for children. The application offers children fun ways to pass the time online while learning about the environment and sustainability. MiniMonos, which means “Little Monkeys” in Spanish, gives children their own monkey avatar to customize. The site also stresses the need for taking action when addressing environmental problems. To go along with that sentiment, MiniMonos participates in a handful of charitable organizations. Each time a membership is purchased, a portion goes towards providing clean drinking water for children in India. The user is given their own tree house to decorate and can access a filtered live chat. The site users a currency called Banana Chips. The user is given some banana chips for signing up but must purchase more. The currency can go towards purchasing exclusive items for the user’s tree house or items for their avatar such as hair styles.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

MiniMonos was founded in 2008. Although the site welcomes children from all countries, the company behind MiniMonos is based out of New Zealand. The concept was created by Melissa Clark-Reynolds, who was both an entrepreneur and a mother. She was also one of the first two New Zealand natives to be trained by Al Gore to present his controversial slide show, The Inconvenient Truth.

What are the differences to other apps?

MiniMonos provides children with another virtual world to play in. What makes MiniMonos a little different is the strong focus on taking action when it comes to environmental issues. The site is full of environment themed activities and content. For some parents this may be a selling point while for others, it could be a reason to avoid MiniMonos.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

MiniMonos uses a fun, Earthy color scheme. The homepage features a cartoon style island with floating islands, waterfalls and lapping waves surrounding it. Various stylized monkeys are seen on the island wearing different clothing, hair styles and accessories. A similar style is used throughout the website.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can create a MiniMonos membership (after consulting his or her parent, of course), by clicking the orange “New Monkey” button found floating over the island on the homepage. The user is asked for a name for their monkey as well as a password, parent’s email address and an optional field asking who invited the user to join. A box at the bottom of the form must be checked to confirm the user’s agreement with the MiniMonos terms of use. After completing the form, the user can click the green and white “Go!” button to submit their information. The user is then advised that their parent must check their email inbox for an activation message. This must be confirmed by the parent before the user can join the MiniMonos community.

What does it cost to use the application?

Users can purchase a gold membership in one, six and twelve month increments. The one month subscription costs around $6 while six months costs around $32. The one year option costs a total of around $40. The gold membership is given up to 3,000 bonus banana chips (one month gets 150 banana chips, six months gets 1,000 bonus chips and one year is given 3,000 banana chips). Subscribers also get access to exclusive clothing and hair styles as well as decorations for their tree house. Gold members can access the MiniMonos chat, access to two exclusive fur colors and ten t-shirt colors, a special gold icon, automatic Top Banana status and the ability to earn banana chips while asleep.

Who would you recommend the application to? is an entertainment option for young children. The site is best suited for children whose parents feel strongly about environmental concerns because the site’s theme is based on issues related to the environment.

  • Receive bonus banana chips for becoming a gold member
  • Customize your monkey with hair, clothing and accessories
  • Decorate your MiniMonos tree house
  • Participate in the MiniMonos filtered live chat
  • Play in a safe, moderated environment

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MiniMonos pricing

FREE - Permanently free version
Most expensive plan (per month) : $5.95

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