Foodgod's Food Truck Frenzy

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun though rather easy food-themed match-3 puzzler.

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Ease of Play

Game uses simple touch controls that will mostly be familiar to fans of the genre. But this one's a little easier than most.

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Players earn in-game currency by playing, watching ads, or purchasing some in the store. Currency is then used to buy new food trucks, upgrade existing trucks, and keep playing when they lose a round.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Foodgod's Food Truck Frenzy is a match-3 puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. As with similar games, players have to move a tile so that it lines up with three or more of the same kind, which removes them from the board and awards you points. The objective is to score enough points before you run out of turns. As for the content, this has nothing objectionable, though heath conscious parents might be concerned by the food it has you serving. Players can get in-game currency by playing or watching ads, or by buying it in the in-game store; the currency is used to buy new food trucks, upgrade ones the player already owns, and keep playing when out of turns. 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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What's it about?

As with most match-3 puzzle games, FOODGOD'S FOOD TRUCK FRENZY doesn't have a story. Sure, you're matching three or more things in a row as you work your food truck, but that's not really why you're doing it, now is it? You're doing it because it's fun to move tiles so that they line up and thus disappear, giving you points. Well, that and it's funny to watch cartoon characters look happy that you just handed them a head of lettuce.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about eating healthy. In Foodgod's Food Truck Frenzy, you match icons representing lettuce, bread, and bacon, and serve them along with burgers and pizza to your customers -- but you do know this wouldn't be healthy in real life, right?

  • Does it make sense to spend money on a game if you can earn its currency by playing or watching ads?

  • Some aspects of Foodgod's Food Truck Frenzy make it less challenging than it could be. How do you feel about the game, considering this? Do you feel less engaged since it's so easy at times?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions and ads
  • Pricing structure: Free (free with microtransactions and ads)
  • Release date: April 17, 2019
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 299.70 MB
  • Publisher: Atari
  • Version: 1.0.6
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: May 25, 2019

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