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Gordon Ramsay's Chef Blast

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Celeb chef serves up some easy-to-play match-3 fun.

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This match-3 puzzle game packs easy-to-play fun with its level solving missions. Gordon Ramsey's Chef Blast features some fun elements, such as the ability to click on a boost that's next to another boost for a bigger effect. Although the well-known chef's presence in a match-3 game may seem a little odd at first, the developers have made an admirable attempt to work food elements into the app. Some references feel out of place, such as Ramsay occasionally saying things like, "Preparation is the key to great cooking!" in between rounds. Other thematic elements are a better fit. In some levels, players may try to clear blocks around onions, for instance, or remove blocks to drop cheeseburgers from the top to the bottom of the board. players also earn stars as they advance, and at certain points will have enough to view real-world recipes that are reportedly some of Ramsay's favorites.

The levels get more challenging as you progress, but they remain reasonably easy to complete for some time. Because Ramsay reads the instructions aloud, and color matching and counting are key components of the game, kids shouldn't have a hard time figuring out how to play. Periodic changes in rounds – such as getting special boosts like a peeler that can be used to peel off an entire column of the board -- keep the gameplay from feeling repetitive or mundane, which may help raise older kids' interest. As matching games go, Gordon Ramsay's Chef Blast offers a generally uncomplicated, fun experience. The premise is simple enough for young kids to be able to participate -- but there's enough variation for teens, and even potentially adults, to enjoy playing, too.

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