The It’s About Time team, creators of the acclaimed Windows to Mac OS training app Learn the Switch to Mac, are proud to announce the release of their very first game, Monster Fruit. It’s a game of action and laughter, but also one where both adults and children will need to realize composure and appreciation need to be placed before selfishness.

Monster Fruit (iPad 2) - Level 13

Reduce the mayhem by tickling some of the monsters to subdue them

Enter an enchanted monster garden where a magic tree bears fruit a monster would do anything to get. However, it’s important to teach the young monsters that patience and gratitude are important when being granted such a treat, and that’s where you come in. When the fruit appears in the tree, use a tap and drag motion to keep it away from the monsters until they calm down. Once they look tranquil and thankful at the bottom of the screen, then you can feed the fruit to one of them.

Now, I shall introduce you to the young monsters:

• Mylo “Certifiably Restless” – This purple pouncer has one heck of a vertical leap. Be careful as a single jump can go as high as the tree.

• Puddy “Yoga Enthusiast” – A three-eyed and striped fella who isn’t too hasty on his feet but has a tongue that can reach across the screen.

• Sonny “Nay to Gravity” – The zippy little flier that is small but spunky. His zooming around and streaking about can cause some real grief.

• Eli “Cantankerous Genius” – An intellectual that feels technology is the key to success. Armed with a ray gun, he’ll knock the fruit right out of your hand.

Even one at a time, these monsters will push your patience as much as you’re pushing theirs. Never underestimate their persistence. Thankfully, there is one trick you can utilize to settle things down a little, or should I say temporarily. Tap and rub on the monsters to tickle them. Tickling will stop these rambunctious rascals in their tracks and make them giggle, thus giving you some time to re-strategize. The game allows multi-touch and you can also drop the fruit, although, be careful as these creatures are quick.

Monster Fruit (iPad 2) - Level 16

After sunset, you must rely on the magic tree's illumination

Monster Fruit contains three stages with seven levels each. The first stage, day, introduces you to the monsters and gives you a chance to get a handle on the gameplay. Sunset, the second stage, really makes things interesting, pitting you against multiple monsters simultaneously. Night, well, night is both fascinating and frustrating. The magic tree and fruit are the only things that can light the way and alert you to incoming monsters. You’ll need to use all of your cunning to outwit them now.

Monster Fruit is compatible with iPad running IOS 3.2 or later, and available in the App Store for $1.99. Monster Fruit for iPhone and iPod touch is already in development and is expected to be available in the not too distant future. It’s About Time is dedicated to this project and plans to release regular updates but customer support is key, including high App Store ratings when you find the game enjoyable.