A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
In AQUA BLAST: PUZZLE ADVENTURE, you have to help Nerissa and her dad fix up their aquarium. No, not their fish tank, their open-to-the-public aquarium, the one they work at. To do this, you need money, and to earn that money, you need to solve a series of match-3 puzzles. And if you're nice, Nerissa will let you pick out what color seaweed to use.
Is it any good?
While it's usually a good idea to put your own spin on things, this puzzle game shows why you have to be careful when doing so. In Aqua Blast: Puzzle Adventure, you have to help a young girl and her dad to fix up their aquarium. To earn the money needed, you need to solve a series of match-3 puzzles. As always, this requires you to move tiles on a board so that three or more of the pieces are in a row, which then removes these pieces from the board. The objective being to collect a certain number of specific tiles, or to clear areas of the board, before you run out of turns. You can then use the money you earn to buy some turtles or seaweed for the aquarium.
But while this sounds like a fairly typical match-3 puzzle game, and it is, it deviates from the normal tenets in subtle but noticeable ways that may irritate fans of the genre. For example, unlike in other games of this kind, moving four tiles into a square shape doesn't do anything, while four-in-a-row rewards you with an explosive, not a row-destroying piece. This also takes a lot longer than usual to become challenging, and even then, it doesn't do anything that hasn't seen before in other games. Which is why serious puzzle fans may find Aqua Blast: Puzzle Adventure more annoying than finding a parking spot at their local aquarium.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about managing their money. Aqua Blast: Puzzle Adventure has you using currency to buy items for an aquarium, and to keep playing when you run out of turns or lives, but you can also earn some from playing, so how do you decide how much to spend on a free game?
Did playing Aqua Blast: Puzzle Adventure make you want to visit a real aquarium? Or maybe get an aquarium at home? Can you name something else you wanted to buy because you saw it in a game?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Price: free with microtransactions
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: October 14, 2020
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 203.00 MB
- Publisher: Ember Entertainment
- Version: 1.3.6
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Android varies with device
- Last updated: July 26, 2021