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Matching colored blocks is great puzzle app for young kids.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Collapse! wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of play

Collapse plays like a reverse Tetris, with colored blocks rising from the bottom of the screen that must be matched to be eliminated. Tapping sets of blocks to eliminate them couldn't be easier. Speed and strategy do come into play, though, especially on later levels.

Violence & scariness

There's bomb imagery (your character's head is a bomb) and bombs explode in the game, but they only destroy puzzle blocks. Boss monsters might breathe fire to burn away blocks or squirt black ink to block your view of the gameboard.

Sexy stuff
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While playing the Collapse! app, you are rewarded with bonuses to be used in the PC version of Collapse!

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although Collapse! is essentially a nonviolent puzzle game of matching colored blocks to eliminate them, it does contain exploding bombs and firebreathing boss monsters. No one gets hurt in the game, though, and the only damage done is to puzzle blocks. Parents also need to know that the game rewards players with bonuses that can be used in the PC version of the Collapse! game.

What's it about?

Kids tap three or more contiguous blocks to make them disappear. Kids must work quickly to prevent new rows from stacking up. There are two games Quest and Quick, and within each there are elements and modes that gradually add difficulty. The modes are controlled by the app not the user. Help for struggling players is integrated and timely. Kids either fail, pass, or finish as an expert sweeping time and colors.

Is it any good?


With its colorful landscapes, customizable characters, and simple, easy-to-learn game mechanics, COLLAPSE! is a fun puzzle app for younger players. The quest mode even gives it a meager-but-enjoyable storyline and cool boss creatures to "battle," like the Blocktopus. While a good choice for kids, Collapse! can be equally entertaining for older players as well. 

It would be nice if kids could choose puzzle mode from the menu. Instead, they have to wait for the app to introduce it. Also, the synergy between this app version and the PC version can be a bit annoying for people who don't own the latter, but that doesn't takeaway from the fun of Collapse! itself.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions
Math: grouping
Skills:Self-Direction: achieving goals, working efficiently
Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, strategy
Release date:October 23, 2012
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:22.20 MB
Publisher:RealNetworks, Inc
Minimum software requirements:iPhone OS 4.3 or later; Android 1.5 and up

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck July 19, 2010

Super simple and super fun match 3 game is verry difficult.

Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 1, 2012


wn the latter, but that doesn't takeaway from the fun of Collapse! itself.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
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