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Jelly Splash

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Familiar, addictive matching game with notable pay element.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Jelly Splash isn't intended to educate, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of play

Users are gently guided into the gameplay style, as the level of difficulty slowly ramps up. Later levels can be extremely difficult, however. 

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Players are encouraged to pay for extra moves and to buy additional lives when they've used up all of theirs. Extra coins can cost anywhere from $2 to $100; extra lives aren't necessary, but without them you'll have to wait while your stock replenishes. However, after a certain point, the only way you can continue is to ask Facebook friends to unlock levels or use coins, which you must buy -- you can't earn them through gameplay.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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?

QUALITY

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:August 21, 2013
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:42.10 MB
Publisher:wooga
Version:1.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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Parent of a 2 and 6 year old Written byMamaBear0903 July 9, 2016

Cheap sanity saver

First thing I'd like to address about this review is that it is actually not required that any money be put into this game. Is it encouraged? Sure. How else would they be able to continue providing entertainment? But never once have I had to put a single dime into this game. I play it for my own relaxation and have beaten nearly 400 levels without paying real money for anything. The coins that you can opt to use (again, still not required although it can make things tremendously easier) can be earned for free. Since all the updates they've made it where you can earn coins simply by watching ads--I know, what kid wants to watch ads, but there's a solution for that!--or by completing certain in game objectives (like beating 3 levels or connecting a certain amount of jellies). Although only older kids (and adults! ;-) ) will understand the actual gameplay and get full enjoyment out of it, it has been a great sanity saver for me with both my 6 and my 2 year old. It's colorful, it's shiny, and it's attractive. It holds their attention during extended wait times at the DMV or a restaurant after they've lost interest in coloring. It keeps them quiet at least for a few minutes when they're being roudy and rambunctious around the house. Overall I'd say it's been very much worth downloading.
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