A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Jelly Splash is a puzzle game that draws gameplay elements from both Candy Crush Saga and Bejeweled. It's not especially hard (for at least the first 20 levels), and it doesn't have any objectionable content, but it does encourage players to spend money, either on extra moves to complete a level or to replenish lives when they've lost a certain number of times. After a certain point, you must ask Facebook friends for help or spend real money to move to the next level.
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What's it about?
Using their fingers, players attempt to connect as many like-colored jellies as they can, moving in any direction to clear the board of various challenges, eliminating darkened squares or scoring a certain number of points -- always within a certain number of moves. Combining five or more jellies creates power-ups that wipe out complete rows when they're used in a chain. You have a limited number of lives, though, and when you fail five times, you have to wait a fairly long time for them to renew. Alternatively, you can ask friends to donate lives, or you can buy lives using in-game cash, which can be earned or purchased with real-world money.
Is it any good?
JELLY SPLASH has some addictive qualities, but it'll seem familiar to Candy Crush Saga players. From its Candy Land-like setting to its challenges and gameplay, there's a lot we've seen before. The ability to make long chains of jellies is fun even after you've done it several times, but the power-ups seem rather...unpowerful.
The game does noticeably push users to spend real money, but it's not annoyingly intrusive at first. It may make you want to play more, but older kids will be able to put it aside to let their lives recharge. But, after a certain point you'll need to ask Facebook friends to help you unlock levels -- or pay real money on the needed coins. If it were possible to earn coins through gameplay, this wouldn't be such a negative. But as it is, it's enough to make some players move on to the next addictive matching app.