Is your child afraid of monsters? Do they ask you to check underneath the bed at night? Don’t worry — there’s an app for that. Meet Monster Scout, a new iOS game created by Monomyth Studio.

Monster Scout is designed to help parents hunt monsters with their children. Meant to alleviate children’s bedtime fears of monsters hiding under beds and in closets, the Monster Scout app helps young children cope with fears, lessen anxiety. As a part of a regular routine, the app helps promote a “take-charge” attitude when faced with all things that go bump in the night.

The app is designed with imagination in mind — and begins its monster-hunting task by performing a quick smartphone scan of the bedroom. This lets parents and children determine if any creatures are hiding out in dark corners of a bedroom. Monster Scout uses identification technology to scan the room for werewolves, vampires, ghosts, mummies, swamp creatures, and bogey-men. Much like hunting for a virus on a computer, the app scans the room, and if found, the child is able to push the “monster remover” button to zap the dangers from the room.

If a parent deems some of the monsters too scary for kids, the app features parental control settings to allow parents to control which monsters, if any, pop up. (If you have a child with an over-active imagination, you can set the app to “never” find monsters!) It also allows parents to turn off and on individual monsters. Or, for the more adventurous monster-hunting family, there’s also a built-in flashlight for searching in dark corners and under beds, playful sound effects, and the ability to share found monsters with other family members and friends.

The goal of the app is to teach children to perceive “monsters” differently while allaying fears of the dark. Kids who don’t have nighttime fears have happier and healthier sleep routines. Monster Scout empowers families to become their own monster detectives to search out and remove any monsters lingering before bed, so everyone can get a good nights sleep.

[Image Credit: Monomyth Studio]

  • Angelice

    I love that there is an app to scan for monsters under the bed! Our son isn’t old enough yet but I will have to keep this in mind for later. I don’t remember ever being scared of monsters under my bed as a kid. If I was, though, something like this would have been really nice to have.

  • cacodoxy

    Or just use a flashlight? What is wrong with that? Why do we need an app for everything? I am starting to wonder if we are going to rely on them for common things like eating, sleeping and breathing.

    • Bendal

      I agree with you and to take your point one step further, why would I get an app to handle something for my daughter that I should be doing as a parent? Checking for monsters under the bed isn’t a big issue in our house, but it happens a few nights a week and I am perfectly fine with doing it myself. After I check, I spend a few minutes talking to her about her fears and I think that’s a much better solution than letting an app alleviate any anxiety she may have.

      • Travis

        Sheesh, lighten up. (pun intended) It’s just a fun and simple app for kids to check for monsters.

  • Jasmine35

    This is an interesting idea. I wish that I had this when I was a kid, it would have made bedtime much easier for me . I like the options this app has so that if a child is really afraid of the monsters it will never find anything or if they like hunting for them they can get rid of them themselves.