Merge Town!

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Repetitive-motion app with no real rewards, strategy.

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Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.

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Sexy Stuff

Players can upgrade buildings, earn more coins, get other advantages by watching video ads. Occasionally, they're forced to watch them regardless. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Merge Town! is an arcade/puzzle game. Players use some match game elements, combining similar structures to create new, larger ones. To speed up the upgrade process, viewers can watch video ads. There's no inappropriate content to worry about, but if you want to shield your kids from commercialism, it could be a concern. To see what the publisher does with your personal information, be sure to read their privacy policy.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byMonkeycurler September 29, 2017

Merge Town! Review

Very fun, easy, entertaining game for kids to play. Kids can spend money on three inapp purchases. Kids spend ingame money to purchase building to speed up th... Continue reading

What's it about?

There's not any sort of plot or storyline when it comes to MERGE TOWN!. There's clicking and matching, lots and lots of clicking and matching. New boxes arrive on-screen every 10 seconds, but you can speed that process along by repeatedly clicking the screen. From there, you pair similar houses (they all start at the same level) to build larger structures. Wash, rinse, repeat. Occasionally, gift boxes will appear with higher-level buildings, which can be upgraded by watching a video advertisement. But there's no game winning moment; you'll simply keep clicking and building, until you decide to move on to something else.

Is it any good?

Repetition can be fun in games, but only in limited quantities. Merge Town!, though, is nothing but repetition. So while it might be soothing to tap away at the screen and pair buildings, there's no meaning behind it -- and that eventually saps any fun away from the game. Typically, treadmill-like game activity is done for a notable reward. But it's not until you've played Merge Town! for some time that you'll realize the only reward you receive is more of the same.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about time limits. Even when a game is appealing, when should you step away and do something in the real world?

  • Talk about the purpose of advertising and how to not be taken in by it. Why do you think games like this pack in so many ads during gameplay? Does it work?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 29, 2017
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 108.00 MB
  • Publisher: Gram Games
  • Version: 1.7.1
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 7.0 or later.
  • Last updated: September 25, 2017

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