Flipped Out – The Powerpuff Girls Match 3 Puzzle / Fighting Action Game

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Monster-fighting and puzzle combo fun for fans.

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Ease of Play

Though most new features or abilities are clearly explained, play can get quite complicated. Navigation isn't totally smooth in the "sugar" mode, which can be frustrating.

Violence

Beat-'em-up game with "sugar" and "spice" modes in which there's lots of cartoon violence, always perpetrated against cartoonish monsters. When the Powerpuff Girls take too many hits, they lie down and are out of commission.

Sex
Language

Mild fighting language and terms such as "kick butt."

Consumerism

This game is part of the vast Powerpuff Girls merchandising campaign. An "episodes" button on the home screen allows kids who can pass through the parent lock to browse and purchase episodes from the Powerpuff Girls TV series.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Flipped Out – The Powerpuff Girls Match 3 Puzzle / Fighting Action Game sets the sisters from the TV series on a mission to save the town by mixing two modes of play -- puzzle and action -- to defeat an army of monsters. There's lots of dialogue about beating up the monsters, some of which glorifies using fists rather than brains to solve problems or emphasizes one of the character's forgetfulness. In the settings menu, users can turn off music, sound effects, or narration and choose to play in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Portuguese, Korean, or Japanese.  All users must accept the privacy policy and terms of use before they can begin playing; read it carefully for details on the kinds of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In FLIPPED OUT - THE POWERPUFF GIRLS MATCH 3 PUZZLE / FIGHTING ACTION GAME, the girls feed their new pet, Sea Buddy, too much chow and accidentally release a bevy of monsters on the town. Help the girls save the day using two strategies: In "sugar" mode, drag the girls around the screen to push matching monsters together and make them explode, or in "spice" mode tap and drag to punch, kick, head-butt, and fight the monsters into oblivion. Simply flip the screen from landscape to portrait to change mode of play. Collect stickers, points, special powers, and more along the way. Play and earn high scores to progressively unlock levels in four locations.

Is it any good?

This combination puzzle/beat-'em-up game may be most appealing to die-hard fans. There's a lot going on here, from irreverent dialogue and storylines to a complex system of gaming rules, features, and moves. It can take time and effort to get into the story and really learn how the game works, which may be a big plus for some but off-putting for others. The concept of flipping the device's orientation to change the mode of play is interesting and gives kids a nice choice for how they want to play (though they do earn extra points if they flip at the "right" time according to the game). The puzzle portion depends lightly on strategy, whereas the fight portion is all about beating monsters up. On a technical note, game controls in the fight mode work pretty well but aren't particularly intuitive in the puzzle mode. Also, some things happen without warning or explanation in the midst of gameplay and can be confusing, such as pauses that tell players to swipe or tap. All in all, unless you like the TV series and want an opportunity to interact with the Powerpuff Girls, you may not be impressed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the choice between using brains or brawn to solve problems in the game and in real life. Is the choice different for the game vs. real life? Why, in real life, is it better to use smarts rather than fists?

  • What do kids think about the different girls' characters and personalities? Do they recognize themselves or aspects of themselves in any of the girls?

  • Discuss the commercial aspects of the Powerpuff Girls brand. How many things are there for sale with the Powerpuff Girls on them? Why? How does this game fit into the brand and merchandising effort?

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