Parents' Guide to

Merge Mansion

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Slow progress, directionless play make themselves at home.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 10+
This game is fun to play, however, you can’t buy energy or gems with the coins that you earned. That is very disappointing and why I’m not gonna play anymore. It is too costly.

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Easy to play/use
age 8+

Fun for adults and kids

My 10-year-old daughter and I enjoy this game. Yes, there are time constraints, but we have talked endlessly about in-app purchases and how that's not how we operate. It's easy to understand and play, we're still cleaning up the outside of the mansion and can't wait to get inside!

This title has:

Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (1):

A lack of instructions, confusing gameplay features, and imprecise controls condemns the hard work you'll put in at this mansion. In Merge Mansion, players move between character conversations that reveal a plot involving family secrets to combining similar items on a game board to convert them into things necessary to perform home renovation work. Merging two garden knives, for instance, creates a garden fork -- which, when paired with another garden fork, will create shears that can be doubled up with another pair of shears to eventually make an ax.

In some instances, the developers' efforts to explain things clearly pay off. For example, you can click on an item on the game board and see the merge-related evolution it needs to go through to reach its final stage. The XP/leveling-up process and some other game aspects, though, are less clear. The replenishment of certain items involves a time countdown, such as eight minutes, while the wait for others isn't as specific. In some instances, timers seem to hover at the end mark indefinitely. Players will also periodically be asked if they want to sell something, and then see a message that says one item was valuable and be asked if they'd like to cancel the sale, but they aren't told which item they might reconsider selling, or how that process works. Gameplay can feel wonky at times. Sometimes, when you're trying to merge an item with something else, the object will just move past what you're trying to connect it with to another square on the board. The app also just contains a hefty number of components. The amount of matchable items, upgrade capabilities, and other elements that are involved may overwhelm young kids -- and the gameplay can start to feel a little tedious after a while. While new items are introduced periodically to match, you're primarily just switching between trying to create the items you need for tasks and watching the work quickly be performed -- and visitors may not want to linger long in Merge Mansion as a result.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: June 18, 2021
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: Metacore Games Oy
  • Version: 1.6.3
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later, macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with an Apple M1 chip, or Android 6.0 and up.
  • Last updated: June 29, 2021

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