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What's it about?
Players pair blocks that are the same color in DRAG N MERGE. There are few restrictions on how blocks can be moved; gamers can pull them next to a matching one that's across the board. There's a set time amount to make matches before the clock rests and there's a new row of blocks to work with on the screen. The goal is to earn enough points to get 20 diamonds -- although it's unclear if that's the goal for each round, or something else. The game gets more challenging over time, with twists like being asked to match two-block sets, instead of single blocks.
Is it any good?
While this block matching game can be entertaining, the heavy reliance on ad promos really subtracts from the game's fun. Drag n Merge lets players swoop blocks left, right, up, and down across the entire screen, and they don't have to be stacked or otherwise arranged in a certain way to clear them from the board and get points. In fact, players just need to tap two exposed sides of the blocks together.
While that makes Drag n Merge fairly easy to play, rounds get more challenging as players progress, which helps keep things from getting boring. Players might find alike blocks are farther apart, requiring them to move more things around to pair them, for example. They may also have a chance to earn more points by matching a set of two blocks that are attached with another two-block set. Incorporating more comprehensive instructions to explain features of gameplay -- such as how the timing system works, or why you need the diamonds you're trying to earn -- would be helpful. What's more, the overwhelming amount of ads is a major drawback. Players are almost constantly interrupted when they're playing or moving between rounds. The developers need to significantly reduce the amount of ads players see because right now, there are just way too many for Drag n Merge to be an enjoyable experience.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about guessing before you make a move and using logic to create a strategic plan. What's the difference between guessing and logically planning your moves? Which feels best for you?
If you don't get clear instructions in a game, how can you determine what to do? Can you take these lessons and use them in real life?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Math: addition, counting
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, strategy, thinking critically
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: April 29, 2019
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 112.00 MB
- Publisher: Metajoy Limited
- Version: 2.0.9
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 7.0 or later or Android 4.1 and up.
- Last updated: February 13, 2020
For kids who love puzzles
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