Doodle Jewels HD

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Enjoyable but unoriginal match-three puzzle game.

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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

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

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What 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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Is it any good?

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.

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