Parents' Guide to

Best Fiends Forever

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Repetitive, but addictive, screen-tapping game.

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age 6+

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age 6+

Logical fun

I like this game because when I first started playing it was add free. It now has adds, but not too many. It does not have the same pressure to spend money, like so many other free games. It does have a shop, but you do not need to use it, if your patient. Its a simple game but has slightly more challenge than the usual match and drop games like bejeweled. There are plenty of levels and as an adult its a favorite of mine, to play. Im not interested in the cutsie graphics and animals. Its challenging enough on some levels that it takes a lot of effort not to spend your hard earned 'gold'. My only gripe, is I have heaps of the yellow mites and not enough blue ones. A new feature I like, I can use my diamonds to buy blue mites. This is an 'ingame' economy. Not spending real money. This might be harder for younger people, but not adults who play the game.

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There's an addictive quality to the frenetic and very simple gameplay, but beating the bad guys gets tougher as you go, and paying to advance gets more tempting. Best Fiends Forever is hypnotizing in its own way, as it's an incredibly repetitive game with very few variations, but it can quickly consume 30 minutes or more. The strategy elements are pretty basic (use currency to level up), but if you're patient, you can achieve those upgrades without having to spend real-world cash. In fact, the numbers of coins get into the billions fairly quickly, but leveling up characters gets more expensive as well. As bosses get tougher, it's much easier to lose, so kids will have to wait until they're ready for their next attempt. The biggest problem is actually a result of that tapping. Eventually, your finger is likely to slip somewhat, pausing the game and perhaps throwing you into another app, which can be frustrating. Also, parents will want kids to wear headphones or turn the sound off, as the relentless sound effects might push some over the edge.Though there's some limited strategy, this is mostly a diversion for fans of the original match-3 game or those looking for some mindless fun.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
  • Release date: October 20, 2016
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Publisher: Seriously
  • Version: 2.1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android varies with device
  • Last updated: July 11, 2020

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