A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Players are volleyed back and forth between playing games, completing tasks, and viewing new storyline installments, making everything easy to navigate.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the mysteries involve death, but nothing's shown.
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Products & Purchases
Gamers can play for free -- but may need to buy in-app currency or wait for their lives to refill once matching rounds get more challenging.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mystery Match Village is a match-3 puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. While it's technically a free game, players can purchase additional lives or items to help solve puzzles, with coin packages costing $1.99 to $99.99. Between game rounds, players will try to find items in a room, the app's other visual challenge, and will view scenes where characters discuss an unfolding mystery. While some of the mysteries involve death, these are only referenced and nothing's shown during play. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content to be found.
Is It Any Good?
The action moves seamlessly between four main elements -- the ongoing storyline, home-related tasks, matching games, and challenges that involve searching for objects in a room. In Mystery Match Village, the main character has inherited a stately mansion. Gamers play her cousin who came with her to the estate. They have some say in what they do next -- they can choose one of two activities to perform, but whatever they pick, they'll be guided through the activity and brought back to the next step -- which makes the app easy to use.
The app's various elements are fairly entertaining. Aside from character conversations, which advance the plot but can feel drawn out, the matching games regularly introduce new aspects, including unique booster items and different board structures. The games' difficulty shoots up significantly after several levels, and since every failed attempt costs a life, players can buy another chance to finish the game with coins. But that costs more than 900 of them, so their reserves may not go far. There's another way to earn additional coins -- players can spend energy to retry room search puzzles as many times as they'd like, as long as they have enough energy to pay for it. But earning just 25 coins per successful round won't provide enough funds to be able to buy another turn, so if you don't want to put down real-world cash to buy more coins, you'll have to wait 15 minutes until a life is replenished. Players aren't forced to watch any ads, and if they're willing to potentially factor some waiting time into the experience, they don't technically have to buy anything. They also don't have to muddle through the plotline, related mystery, or the to-do list of tasks geared toward sprucing up the house. If you're just looking for a game to play, they can try to tackle level after level of matching -- and should consistently find Mystery Match Village challenging, thanks to the puzzles' varied goals and stipulations.
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