A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Instructions explain how each new game feature players encounter works.
Products & Purchases
The app sells bundles of coins and items players can use in rounds to clear large sections of the board for $1.99 to $12.99
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gordon Ramsay's Chef Blast is a match-3 game for iOS and Android devices. The game features the celebrity chef, who acts as a narrator. He also periodically gives encouragement when you complete levels. The gameplay's fairly intuitive, and the app offers clear instructions and an FAQ players can refer to if they have questions. They can buy packages through the app that contain coins, which are used to extend rounds or keep playing if they run out of lives, and other items that help clear portions of blocks in games, such as chilis and bombs. Players don't really have to purchase anything, though -- they will get a number of chances to earn those items as they play.
Is It Any Good?
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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