Parents' Guide to

Matchington Mansion

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Match-3 puzzler takes some control out of your hands.

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 18+

Fun but glitchy

While I do enjoy the game, every time it updates I get app notifications to restart the game every few seconds or it just crashes. Makes for a very frustrating game experience.
age 18+

I don't know?

Love my family

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Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11):
Kids say (3):

While players use match-3 puzzles to slowly redesign a home, but the feeling that you don't fully have control over the plot elements of the game makes it for puzzle fans only. While the gameplay of Matchington Mansion advances at a steady pace, some elements, like the lengthy explanation before each stage and the visual depiction of fireworks going off as you clearing rows, can slow things down a bit. But at least players get lots of guidance, so it's hard to get stuck or be confused, and there are plenty of activities to keep players busy. The app is also pretty kid-friendly, and there's no inappropriate content. But it can feel like you're watching things unfold more than you're an active participant.

Players can't respond or verbally interact with other characters. As a result, Tiffany, the friend helping you redesign the mansion, does most of the communication and other legwork, which takes some control out of your hands. Gamers can sometimes choose what activity to pursue next, but letting them choose how Tiffany will respond to another character or situation would make the game more engaging. It'd also be nice to see how far you've progressed and have a mix of challenges. The matching games increase in complexity as you continue, but they appear to essentially all involve the same format, which can get boring over time. While the twist of working on a house is clever, Matchington Mansion really only appeals to fans of the puzzle formula.

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