Candy Blast Mania

Common Sense Media says

Quality take on match-3 genre; beware push to purchase.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Gameplay is simple and tutorials explain special levels and power-ups as they arise. Sometimes the app refers to power-ups by their names without a reminder about what the power-up actually is and how it's created.

Violence

Doom candies function like time bombs and make fiery blasts if they're detonated.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Between pop-up ads and "challenges" to download additional apps, the pressure is really on to buy (or at least acquire) more products. The game is playable without the purchase of power-ups or gems, but the temptation can be very strong.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. The app connects to Game Center (on iOS devices) and also can be connected to Facebook (and can post on your behalf if you choose). The app's privacy policy explains what data (personal and anonymous) is collected. The privacy policy and terms of service both prohibit kids under 13 from using the app.

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.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Candies and addictive puzzles? A match made in heaven. Kids will want to keep playing until they run out of lives or the puzzles get too difficult.

Learning Approach

Although there's little depth here, kids will need to use strategy and problem-solving skills to progress, especially as the levels get more difficult. 

Support

Kids can track their progress or replay levels from the main app menu. Some help is available, but it could be more robust.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Kids can learn to think strategically as they try to use each move to collect the most candies. They also will need to think about how to use power-ups sparingly to complete a level. Candy Blast Mania is fun and certainly encourages the use of strategy, but it doesn't offer a deep learning experience.

This Learning Rating review was written by Christy Matte

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free (with in-app purchases)
Pricing structure:Free
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

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