A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Candy Blast Mania is extremely aggressive in terms of encouraging players to download additional content from the publisher. It issues regular "challenges" that may include creating a certain number of power-ups or removing a certain number of pieces, but it also challenges players to download other apps. There also are pop-up ads that require clicking a small button to dismiss. Connecting to a Facebook account is optional. Players start with five lives, each of which takes an hour to regenerate if the user fails to complete a level. Players can buy additional lives and power-ups via in-app purchase. Despite the kid-friendly graphics, the terms of service require users to be 13 or older.
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What's it about?
CANDY BLAST MANIA is a match-3-style game similar to Candy Crush Saga. Players remove candy pieces by making matches of three or more. The goal for most levels is to remove a minimum number of specific candies. Players also will battle a boss by matching pieces from a set of candies and knocking his health down. Much as with other match games, players can create power-ups by matching more than three of a kind and can use special pieces to help complete a level. If a level isn't successfully completed, players lose a life. Once players lose five lives, they must wait as long as an hour for a new one to be generated or use gems to replenish lives. Some levels also have additional challenges to create a certain number of power-ups or to reach other goals. Other challenges may ask a player to download another app.
Is it any good?
Candy Blast Mania is as addictive as other quality games in the genre. Gameplay is smooth, and graphics are cute and colorful. For players who prefer to focus on removing candy pieces rather than worry about creating enough power-ups or other goals, this is a fun alternative. Unfortunately, the app puts a lot of pressure on players to download other apps, and pop-up ads are frequent. Parents can expect that kids also will want to to buy more lives and extra power-ups as they progress and levels become more difficult.
The developer prohibits kids under 13 from using the app, which is good, because the app really is best for teens and adults who understand how to close or ignore pop-up ads and who will not be swayed into making extra purchases. It's unfortunate that the colorful graphics seem designed to appeal to kids too young to play the app.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about guidelines for in-app purchases. Read about 4 Ways to Curb Kids' In-App Purchases.
Families alsocan talk about the patience that's required as you wait for lives to regenerate. It can be tempting to buy moves to continue, but because those costs add up quickly, exercising patience is probably the preferred option.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles, strategy
- Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
- Pricing structure: Free (In-app purchase options range from $1 to $50.)
- Release date: February 12, 2014
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 38.70 MB
- Publisher: TeamLava
- Version: 1.2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.3 and up