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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?
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).
Talk to your kids 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.
- 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
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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