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Pet Rescue Saga

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Great gameplay, but pet theme lures kids too young to play.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game is challenging as you get into later levels but much easier than the similarly themed Candy Crush Saga. With a watchful eye on the gameboard, players generally can work their way through most of the puzzles. 

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Consumerism

Power-ups that aid in clearing the levels must be purchased after you use the very few freely given to you by the game. Players are given only a limited number of attempts at clearing the game's levels, though, before they must either wait a significant period for another chance -- or ask Facebook friends for an assist. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pet Rescue Saga is a match-three game that takes a lot of cues from the incredibly popular Candy Crush Saga. The app's colorful graphics and pet theme are at odds with the app's terms of service and privacy policy, which require players to be at least 13 years old. This discrepancy in ages is noteworthy, since the cute design of the game is tailored for a much younger audience -- and younger kids certainly will want to play. The addictive nature of the game and the lure of in-app purchases make it inappropriate for younger kids.

What's it about?

Players attempt to match similar-looking blocks to lower animals to the ground floor, where they are "rescued." Some levels require players to clear the whole board; others task you with saving a certain number of pets with limited moves. Blocking your path are wood blockades, locked blocks with keys, fenced-in blocks, and pets in carriers. Other tools such as bombs clear out blocks, and fireworks (earned after a certain number of matches) can clear out an entire row. In addition, there are several power-ups players can purchase.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

PET RESCUE SAGA looks and acts a lot like a game for a young child. Its art style and very gentle learning curve seem well suited for younger players. But hidden in the license agreement is the disclaimer that it's meant for players 13 and older. This, along with the game's Facebook pushes, in-app purchases, and addictive quality should serve as a red flag for parents.

For older players, though, there's a lot to like. The game isn't as frustratingly hard as Candy Crush Saga (from the same developer), but it is still challenging enough to keep your attention. And, as with Candy Crush Saga, it's addictive enough to keep you coming back again (and again and again).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about in-app purchases. Under what circumstances (if any) is it OK for teens to purchase virtual items to progress in the game?

  • The match-three genre is a popular one. Ask teens how this game compares to the multitude of others available for mobile devices.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free (with in-app purchases)
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:February 6, 2014
Category:Puzzle Games
Topics:Cats, dogs, and mice
Size:46.20 MB
Publisher:King.com Limited
Version:1.11.7
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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