Merge Magic

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Initially clever but ultimately boring puzzle-ish game.

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age 8+
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Ease of Play

The game uses simple touch controls and is easy to learn.

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Players can spend real-world money on in-game currency so they can keep playing, double their earnings, or buy things at the gift shop. Players can also watch ads to wake up a creature after it falls asleep.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Merge Magic is a puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. Players use touch controls to bring together three of the same items on a board. Doing so combines them into something else, which can then be used to lift a curse off parts of the board or generate more of the orbs that do the cleaning. But while this is full of fantasy elements and magical creatures, it has no inappropriate content. It does have some strong and misguided commercial elements, though, including occasionally forcing you to watch ads or wait twenty minutes to get a creature to come back and do their job, a job that has to be done for you to keep playing that section. Players can also spend real money to keep playing or double their winnings or to buy things in the game's in-game store. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byBlackroses24 August 18, 2020

No❤️

Bruh so when your in your garden and all your pets go to sleep you have to wait 20 minutes for 1 pet to come out then it does one thing for about 30 seconds and... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat July 5, 2020

Merge Dragons.

Like another reviewer on here mentioned. I play Merge Dragons. Which is what I play. It’s pretty good. *I will say one more time I play Merge Dragons not Merge... Continue reading

What's it about?

In MERGE MAGIC, evil witches have cursed the world and the local residents need your help making it livable again. So, you have to pull three or more of the same items together so you can make the blessed orbs needed to uncurse all of the board. Sometimes, you'll have to shift this focus to three statues that need cleansing (the objective changes from time to time). That's the main idea behind each level, and players will need to also get creatures to harvest orbs to get some matches handled as well.

Is it any good?

While match-3 puzzle games could use some new mechanics, the ones in this puzzle-ish game are undermined by a lack of challenge. Like other match-3 puzzlers, Merge Magic tasks you with linking together three more of the same pieces on a board. Except where similar puzzle games then remove those pieces from the playing field, this one combines them into other, more helpful items. These include flying fairy babies and cat-goat hybrids called dryads, both of which harvest certain plants and leave behind blessing orbs you then use to lift the curse or complete some other task. And it's all done with a cutesy approach.

But while some aspects of this puzzle-ish game are interesting, other remove any sense of challenge. For starters, you can move pieces wherever, and as often as you like, which does away with any need to strategize or even think about it. There are also times when you'll be working your garden and the dryads will leave to take a twenty-minute power nap, leaving you in the lurch unless you're willing to wait...or watch an ad. The irony being that while some might've gotten tired of this game's cloying approach and twee music, it's the lack of any challenge that will drive most players away from Merge Magic.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. In Merge Magic, you need fantasy creatures to make the orbs that cleanse the world of a curse, but is it fair that these creatures fall asleep during their orb harvesting, forcing you to wait or watch an ad to get them to work again? Why do you think this was included as a game feature?

  • Why do you think it's important for a game to have some sense of challenge? Are you willing to keep playing a game if it seems too easy?

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