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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Maleficent Free Fall is a match-3 game, themed around the movie Maleficent. It is very similar in gameplay to Frozen Free Fall, but with a darker feel and magic spells as power-ups. As with other similar games, you have a limited number of lives. Once these run out, you must wait for them to regenerate or purchase more. You have to wait about 30 minutes to regenerate one life or pay $0.99 to refill them all. Magic (for power-ups) can be purchased starting at $0.99 or by completing special offers that may ask for personal information such as your name, phone number, and email address.
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What's it about?
MALEFICENT FREE FALL asks players to match three or more gems of the same color to remove them from the board. Removing more than three creates special power gems that remove large numbers of gems. Each level has a unique goal, but each includes clearing at least one gem over each tile or removing chains of gems by matching them. On each level, you're given a character "helper," such as young Maleficent or adult Maleficent. They don't seem to do much other than perhaps roll their eyes if you fail the level, though. Once you complete the more than 285 main levels, you can unlock "The Moors," which provides about 80 more levels. You also can purchase access for $2.99.
Is it any good?
If you're a match-3 fan, Maleficent Free Fall is a good choice. It doesn't add a lot of innovation to the genre, but what is there is great quality. Controls work smoothly and as expected, and the graphics are pretty. There is definitely pressure to buy, which is expected for this type of free app; however, since the movie is targeted at kids, the game also will attract young players who may feel more pressure or are more willing to spend real money. Advanced levels are tough and may be nearly impossible without the power-up help. For those who are patient and like a challenge, Maleficent Free Fall is certainly entertaining.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows app, Windows Phone
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (In-app purchases are available.)
- Release date: December 18, 2014
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy
- Size: 89.20 MB
- Publisher: Disney
- Version: 1.6.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0, Android 2.3.3
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