Potion Explosion

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Familiar matching game with unclear rules and play.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The game appears to be a typical match-3 style app, but is much more involved. This could confuse some players. 

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Consumerism

You can pay to unlock certain characters and advantages.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know Potion Explosion is a puzzle-matching game for iOS and Android devices. The gameplay clearly taps into the Harry Potter phenomenon (while not being affiliated with the popular book/movie series). The game can be played alone or online, but kids won't interact with strangers beyond the game itself. There's no offensive language, sexual content or drugs or alcohol. Younger kids who are used to Candy Crush might be a bit befuddled, though, as it appears similar, but has different rules. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In POTION EXPLOSION, players attempt to gather materials via a match-two style game in order to create potions, each of which requires specific ingredients. If you have more than the required amount of an ingredient, you can store it away for a future potion, but that makes your stash vulnerable to theft by the potions of other players. When potions are completed, they can be used for advantages on the game board and against other players. Points are awarded for each potion you create and, ultimately, the player with the most points wins. 

Is it any good?

Matching puzzle games are usually fun affairs that don't require a lot of your attention. Potion Explosion is a bird of a different feather. Instead of matching three similar colors, you only need to match two for an explosion to occur. And you can remove a single color if you'd choose. You turn doesn't end until you actively finish it. Plus, remembering the advantages of each potion and how to best take advantage of them can be challenging. It's not a game to play for a few minutes, then return to later. It demands your time and attention -- and that could be a bit much for some players. 

The general concept is a good one, though. And it's a lovely game to look at. Once you get a sense of the pace and rules of gameplay, Potion Explosion is a game that many people greatly enjoy. Just be aware that doing so could take longer than you want. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about magic. Do you believe in it? What tricks do magicians use to create illusions?

  • Can you look ahead to predict how an opponent will react to your move? Can you take these plans and strategies, and apply the to real-life situations?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: $3.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: September 18, 2018
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 96.00 MB
  • Publisher: Asmodee Digital
  • Version: 2.0.4
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires Android 4.4 and up; Requires iOS 9.1 or later.
  • Last updated: June 3, 2020

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