Doodle Jewels HD

Common Sense Media says

Enjoyable but unoriginal match-three puzzle game.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

These match-three games are very easy to learn, even for young kids. There is also a "How to Play" tutorial option.

Violence & scariness

No violence other than a small "bomb" icon going off on the game board, which removes some of the gems.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

At the bottom of the main menu, gamers can see (and tap) a link to visit the company's page on Facebook.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname. Requesting or accepting a friend via email will reveal the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and the sender’s email address.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Doodle Jewels and Doodle Jewels HD (for iPad) are straightforward match-three puzzlers. That is, you're challenged to swap jewels on a 2-D board so that you create a line of at least three jewels of the same color. There is no controversial content in this game whatsoever.

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If you're a fan of those "match-three" puzzle games -- where you swap adjacent gems on a board to create a row or column of at least three same-colored ones -- then you'll likely enjoy tapping away on the relaxing gameplay found in DOODLE JEWELS HD. Similar to (but inferior than) Bejeweled 3 (which isn't available yet on iDevices), you'll try to rack up a high score by matching colored jewels, clearing increasingly challenging levels, and using special jewels for extra points. Doodle Jewels HD is somewhat unique in its presentation, though, as it looks like the gems are drawn with a pencil crayon on a piece of paper, plus you've got to change the color behind each gem to gold in order to advance. You only have a certain number of "swaps" available per level, but you can earn additional moves by opening treasure chests. Aside from an unoriginal concept, the game could use more modes than the one. But this enjoyable and attractive puzzler should provide many hours of family-friendly fun.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:February 5, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Publisher:Software River Solutions Inc.
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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