Cartoon Network Match Land

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun match-3 game adds new combos, cartoon mayhem to puzzles.

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Ease of Play

Simple touch controls, but gets slightly more challenging as you progress.

Violence & Scariness

While you do attack your enemies, said attacks are cartoony, so there's no blood, gore.

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Consumerism

Players can use real money to buy in-game currency used to buy boosts, keep playing when they run out of turns. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cartoon Network Match Land is a clever puzzle game for anyone old enough to watch Adventure Time, Steven's Universe, or any Cartoon Network show. It has no sex, gore, cursing, drinking, drug use, or scary stuff. Characters do get attacked, but in cartoony ways. It will make some players want to watch more TV. The game also lets players use real-world money to buy performance-enhancing boosts, or to keep playing when they've run out of turns. Read the app's privacy policy in the game's setting menu or on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Though it's just an excuse to keep playing this puzzle game, CARTOON NETWORK MATCH LAND does have a loose story about how you're trying to improve the Cartoon Network Food Festival by doing away with bad French fries and surly mugs of hot chocolate that are sentient and don't want people to have good food. This is accomplished by matching three or more of the same color pieces in a row, which will prompt characters from your favorite cartoons to attack the fries and other foods, including with special attacks you deploy. Also, making a match starts a timer, during which you can connect even more tiles for an even stronger attack.

Is it any good?

Though it might seem like yet another match-3 puzzle game, this actually puts a unique spin on the genre. In Cartoon Network Match Land, you have to match three or more of the same tiles in a row; doing so removes them from the board. Except that making a match actually starts a timer that gives you precious seconds to make other matches before the time runs out. You can also, unlike in similar games, move tiles diagonally. Further adding depth, matching tiles also deliver attacks on some mean French fries and annoying cups of cocoa, while simultaneously filling meters below color-coordinated images of such Cartoon Network stars as Adventure Time's Finn and Steven from Steven's Universe. When these meters are full, you can deploy that character's special attack. Match enough green cakes, for instance, and Nom Nom from We Bare Bears will use his stunning koala ability. All of which makes Cartoon Network Match Land one of the more unique match-3 puzzle games around -- one that manages to be as fun for fans of this genre as it is for lovers of the network's cartoons.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about commercialism. Obviously this game is for fans of these cartoons, but do you think it's designed to make you want to watch more of them? Is it working?

  • Talk about managing your money. Given that you can earn what you need by playing or patience, does it make any sense to spend a lot of money on Cartoon Network Match Land?

App details

For kids who love puzzles

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