DreamWorks Trolls Pop

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Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Bubble matching doesn't require purchases for puzzle fun.

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The game doesn't provide detailed instructions, although kids will get some guidance periodically as they play.

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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. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DreamWorks Trolls Pop is a match-3 game for iOS and Android devices. The game features characters kids may recognize from the 2016 Trolls movie. The game's free to play, although a range of coin bundles are available as in-app purchases. But kids don't really need to buy one to be successful here. While the app has a lives-related time limit and can eventually lock kids out, they'll earn extra lives as they play and can hop back on fairly quickly. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content here. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Kid, 8 years old November 23, 2020

What's it about?

Kids shoot at groups of colored bubbles in DREAMWORKS TROLLS POP. They have a set number of turns to clear the game board. Players can aim at the side of the screen to create different trajectories and sometimes get help from special items, like a bomb that removes all bubbles around it. Some rounds involve special challenges, such as freeing space for a star to float up toward the moon. As kids advance, they'll unlock new characters from the Trolls film to use, coins that will buy additional turns, and other items.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what strategies to use when you have a problem to solve. How can kids create a plan to clear bubbles from the board when they start a new level of DreamWorks Trolls Pop?

  • What steps can kids take to adjust their original plan if bubbles shift as they play? Can your child think of a time when a plan has had to be changed in real life?  

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 22, 2020
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 331.00 MB
  • Publisher: Huuuge Games
  • Version: 2.4.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later or Android 5.0 and up.
  • Last updated: October 27, 2020

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