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Foodgod's Food Truck Frenzy

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun though rather easy food-themed match-3 puzzler.

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While it adds some interesting new wrinkles to a well-worn formula, this match-3 puzzle game can sometimes be too simple and thus lacking in any serious challenge. Like all match-3 puzzle games, Foodgod's Food Truck Frenzy has you trying to line up three or more of the same tiles on a board in hopes of scoring enough points before you run out of turns. Where this differs from similar games is that you can move pieces even when they don't line up with two or more of the same kind (though this still costs you a turn). You can also sometimes serve cheeseburgers and other dishes, which feeds multiple customers (and earns you multiple points), though you only get one per round, unless you buy more or upgrade your food truck's capacity. This also has a two-player mode where you take turns trying to finish before your competition.

As fun as all this may sound, there are times when this has a serious lack of challenge. Some of the boards are rather small, and there are only three kinds of tiles to start, with a fourth added only when you get to the 17th puzzle. As a result, some puzzles are way too easy. The irony here is that when you do hit a tough one, and fail to reach your sales goal, you have to pay to try again instead of getting a couple tries like with other puzzle games. The puzzles are also rather similar in their objective: You never, for instance, have a rush on lettuce lovers. This also eliminates some common match-3 puzzle mechanics -- like moving four pieces into a square pattern -- and their absence makes this seems a little dated. Which is why, despite what it does do well, Foodgod's Food Truck Frenzy isn't very filling.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free (free with microtransactions and ads)
  • Release date: April 17, 2019
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: Atari
  • Version: 1.0.6
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: May 3, 2019

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