A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Beauty and the Beast: Perfect Match is a match-3 game. Users can make in-app purchases, and there are some pushes to use real-world money to buy virtual diamonds to continue playing when they run out of moves or lives; otherwise, they’ll have to wait for the clock to reset, which can be 20 minutes. You are also, as with many apps, given the option of receiving push notifications to inform you about content and other updates or choose to opt out of them. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.
What's it about?
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: PERFECT MATCH is a themed match-3 game, but unlike many match games, instead of a time crunch, you have a limited number of moves to clear a certain section or amount of gems. Enchanted gems and more complicated matching can help you clear bigger areas in some levels. The more rounds you play, the more currency you earn, which you use to buy items to decorate Beast's castle, which earns you stars that can be used to unlock areas. Lumiere and other characters also offer encouragement along the way.
Is it any good?
This match-3 game puts a different spin on the match formula, but the push for cash and time limited play ruins some of the fun. Beauty and the Beast: Perfect Match offers a fairly simple experience -- kids play rounds of a matching game, earn currency to buy furniture for the mansion and, in turn, gain access to new areas. Not surprisingly, since it’s from Disney, the app provides a safe experience, without any opportunities to interact with strangers or the ability to see inappropriate content. The matching game is a notch above some app offerings, in terms of structure -- directions describing various combination-based challenges precede each round, kids get occasional hints, and they are given a set number of moves, instead of being told they need to beat the clock.
The app’s biggest issue is that the action doesn't unfold very quickly. Kids won’t feel rushed to complete rounds of matching, which some may appreciate; But since the matching requirements aren't always simple, younger players may find it challenging to finish and advance to new levels. If you don’t reach each game’s goal, you’re likely to run out of allotted moves, and eventually, lives. You’re then required to either shell out some cash to purchase site currency to keep playing -- or to wait for a varying amount of time to pass to be allowed to start matching again, which can cause players’ enthusiasm to wane. But if you're a Disney or match-3 fan looking for a new game to play, this could help you pass the time, if you're willing to overlook its issues.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether kids can have fun playing an app like this without purchasing any of the items that are available (and sometimes suggested). Do you find it frustrating to have to wait to advance unless something is bought?
The app’s matching game requires you to strategize to determine what moves make the most sense. Can you apply that principle to real life and planning ahead? What advantages can that provide?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: May 26, 2017
- Category: Strategy Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Fairy Tales
- Size: 236.00 MB
- Publisher: Disney
- Version: 1.4.19 (iOs); 188.8.131.5254 (Android)
- Minimum software requirements: Requires Android 4.2 and up and iOS 7.1 or later.
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