A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The game doesn't provide detailed instructions, although kids will get some guidance periodically as they play.
Products & Purchases
Kids can purchase items while playing, including coin packages that range from $1.99 to $99.99, and may see information about special deals infrequently. Based on the Dreamworks Trolls movie.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Kids tap and drag on the screen to line up a shot at groups of like-colored items in this game, which features Trolls characters that dance and jump, confetti explosions, and other vibrant graphics. The key to clearing as many bubbles as possible in DreamWorks Trolls Pop is to aim for high-up groupings, because you'll then also often knock other bubbles below those items off the screen, as well. Kids can choose between two colors when shooting, and the items they'll potentially hit are highlighted when they aim, which can help them determine the best plan.
The value of the various things kids collect as they play -- such as hearts, paintbrushes, and coins -- isn't clearly explained, which can be a little confusing. New obstacles, such as bubbles that rotate, come up in rounds without much explanation, which can add further confusion and mean kids need to really think about each move they make to be able to finish using the allotted amount. Some younger players may also struggle with the shooting aspect because it requires some precision. Generally, the game itself moves pretty quickly, although the screens that appear at the end of rounds -- showing what you've earned and your total score, and letting you know the game is loading -- create a noticeable pause and slow gameplay down a bit. If kids can get past that, though, and master their shooting technique, playing DreamWorks Trolls Pop can be a fun experience that doesn't necessarily require additional purchases -- kids can repeat rounds they can't finish, and although they'll lose a life when they do, their lives reset fairly quickly.
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