Best Fiends

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Polished match-three game; must buy, share, or wait.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about strategy and decision-making as they survey the game board and decide which matches to make. There also are time limits, which will encourage kids to make decisions quickly. Though Best Fiends is basically a simple match-three game, it does encourage kids to think on their feet.

Ease of Play

The game is a typical match-three (or more) game, though the first 20 or so levels seem to be easier than those in similar games. From there, things start to ramp up. 

Violence & Scariness

Power-up "bombs" explode nearby frames, and slugs get whomped by matched symbols.

Sexy Stuff

The game operates on a timer system, so you'll likely hit areas where you will either pay or wait to continue playing. Other in-app purchases for power-ups are promoted in the game as well. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Best Fiends is a match-three game in the same vein as Candy Crush Saga. It also has the in-app purchase push of that game and offers plenty of opportunities to connect with Facebook to advance. If you play continuously and don't connect or purchase, there will be forced waiting periods for the "fiends" to recharge, which might frustrate some kids (and adults).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bylaser-rose September 17, 2020

Don't get this game!

Since this is a family review I'll only use child-friendly words to describe how terrible this game is. Apparently the original developers sold the game t... Continue reading
Adult Written byHeskel September 5, 2020

Just a way to extract money from you

Your supposed to solve puzzles in this game but that’s not allowed. If you don’t buy then you only progress after you’ve done the same thing loads of times. So... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old January 3, 2021
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat July 1, 2020

OMG can’t wait!

OMG I’m writing this as I’m waiting on my game to load. I just now downloaded it when I saw a commercial for it on a game I was playing because I thought it loo... Continue reading

What's it about?

In BEST FIENDS players attempt to match three or more similar items onscreen to meet varying goals for each level. Combinations result in damage points to slugs, which you must defeat to advance. Boards are littered with obstacles, which must be removed by matching an adjacent tile. Along the way, players can unlock characters who have different power-ups in the forms of explosives that take out adjacent squares as well as matching items. 

Is it any good?

It's worth knowing before you go in that the team behind Best Fiends helped to create Angry BirdsWhere's My Water, and Max Payne, so it shouldn't come as any surprise that this is an incredibly well-polished game, even if it is built around the very familiar match-three mechanic. Beyond the puzzle elements, though, there's a role-playing side -- one that's not especially detailed but that adds enough of a new spin to keep you addicted. 

Leveling up your hero dung beetles, flies, and other insects proves to be fun, and the matching puzzles don't ramp up the difficulty at too extreme a pace. The downside is that, eventually, the game's frustrating timer element will force you either to pay up or walk away when you may not want to. That timer is the frustration factor for Best Fiends, as it takes what could have been a great game and makes it merely good. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about planning moves ahead instead of impulsively rushing into a decision. How does it help to pay attention and use some strategy in this game?

  • Discuss the importance of teamwork. How do the characters in the game work together?

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For kids who love strategy games

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