What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ruby Blast Adventures is a gem-matching arcade game played on Facebook, where players match like-colored tiles to earn stars that unlock new levels. The game is free to play, but uses various methods to entice players to pay real-world money to enhance the experience. The game is suited for players younger than 13, but Facebook restricts membership to people aged 13 and older.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- achieving goals
- handling stress
Engagement, Approach, Support
Ruby Blast Adventures reels players in by offering a progressive Adventure Mode with a variety of challenges unique to each level. The game is visually appealing with plenty of positive feedback to keep players stimulated.
Kids can exert some control over their experience by playing levels in any order once they've been unlocked, and choosing which power-ups to deploy. Social play is encouraged by allowing friends to send each other helpful items.
The game tracks players' progress and assigns them a star-rating out of 3 based on performance. Players can replay the level as often as they like to earn more stars.
What's it about?
In RUBY BLAST ADVENTURES the goal is to burrow down to the bottom of a mine shaft. Players do this by matching tiles of the same color next to the rocks that line the bottom of the screen, which causes them to shatter and reveal the next part of the tunnel. Players earn stars based on their performance, which unlock new levels. Players can also participate in weekly high score tournaments to earn prizes.
Is it any good?
Fans of Bejeweled-style puzzle games will feel right at home with Ruby Blast Adventures. Adventure mode gives players a sense of progress as they unlock new worlds to explore (including Egypt, Easter Island, and Atlantis), and each level has its own unique challenges: some levels, for example, restrict the types of power-ups that can be used, while others add obstacles like lava rocks. The game is cleverly designed to entice players to spend real money in the heat of the moment to extend play-time and use power-ups to escape sticky situations. In some cases it's possible to become completely stuck unless players buy their way out by spending premium currency on the "drill" power-up. Players are also constantly being prompted to send messages to friends and share updates on their news feed. The game would be more of a "blast" without these manipulative features.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Would you pay a flat price to play a game like this, or do you prefer the freemium model?
How do you feel about getting numerous game-related messages on Facebook? Do you send messages to your friends, or un-click the boxes?