Jewels

Common Sense Media says

Polished Bejeweled clone a win for match-three fans.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Jewels is extremely easy to master: Simply swap any two jewels to create matches of three or more. There's an Infinite mode that automatically refills the board if the player runs out of moves, making it impossible to lose.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

A small banner ad runs along the bottom of the menu screens, but not inside the game itself.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Scoreloop, where they can connect with friends using Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or Scoreloop username. Scoreloop allows users to upload real avatar photos and post scores to leaderboards. Upon launch, the app displays a form to sign up for new from the developer; the form requests the player's first and last name, email address, zip code, and country. Submitting the form is optional.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Jewels is a simplistic casual match-three puzzle game that's very similar to PopCap's Bejeweled. The app is free to download, and contains banner ads that runs along the bottom of the menu screens. Players can opt to use Scoreloop to track achievements. A similar version for iDevices is available in the App Store called iJewels

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • grouping
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • part-whole relationships

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • work to achieve goals
  • working efficiently

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • grouping
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • part-whole relationships

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • work to achieve goals
  • working efficiently

Jewels wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

Players are only allowed one move: switch two pieces to make a match of three or more jewels. If there's no match, the game puts the pieces back where they were. When a match is made, jewels disappear, points add up, and more pieces fall into place from above. There are four modes: Normal (play until you run out of moves); Timed (last as long as you can by making matches to add seconds onto the clock); Quick (see how many points you can rack up in 1 minute of playtime); and Infinite (an endless mode where it's impossible to run out of moves).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

JEWELS is a rather shameless Bejeweled clone, but a polished one that's well suited to pick-up-and-play portal gaming thanks to a Save and Continue feature. With four modes, the app is suitable for a variety of preferred gaming styles. The ads are barely noticeable, and don't appear during actual gameplay. Casual gamers will find this a nice addition to their match-three collection.

App details

Device:Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:January 26, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Publisher:MHGames
Version:1.91

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  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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