Slices

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Shallow, ad-centric pizza puzzle game quickly gets boring.

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Ease of Play

Game uses simple touch controls, and while it's not easy, it's not that difficult, either.

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Banner ads run along the bottom of the screen at all times; video ads run between rounds. You can watch video ads if you run out of turns and want to keep going. There's an ad-free version you can buy.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Slices is a simple puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. In it, you have six empty pizza trays, and are then given slices of pizza, with the goal of putting them on trays in an attempt to fill as many as possible before you run out of turns. Not surprisingly, the game has no inappropriate content. What it does have, though, are tons of advertisements. There's always one on the bottom of the screen, video ads run after most rounds, and if you run out of turns and want to keep playing, you can watch a video ad. You can always pay for the ad-free version as well. 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?

As a simplistic puzzle game, SLICES doesn't have a story. Instead, you simply have to tap the screen to move slices of pizza onto pizza trays that have an open slot. Why? No idea, because you're not given any motivation. The one thing that you do know is that you have to try to complete as many pizza trays as you can before you run out of moves, and it tries to get more complicated by the number of slices it provides, or the directions that the trays face on the screen.

Is it any good?

While this arcade-esque puzzle game is kind of interesting, it's so simplistic and has so many ads that it quickly becomes dull. In Slices, you have six empty pans and have to fill them with the slices of beautiful New York City-style pizza that appear in the center. Except that each slice is facing one of six ways, and you have to find a slot to fit them in. Sometimes, it mixes things up by giving you two or three connected slices. And if that's all there was to this game, you'd probably play a couple minutes and then go out for a pizza. It's kind of simplistic and shallow. The problem is that while you're playing, there's a stationary banner ad along the bottom. And between rounds, a video ad runs. Also, if you run out of turns and want to keep slinging slices, well, I think you know where this is going (and no, not to buy the ad-free version).

Even the pizzas are problematic; pies are eight slices, not six, and why is one of the pizzas green with black dots? Is that a pesto pizza with black olives? Gross. It's enough to make you say "No, I'm not in the mood for pizza." Which is fitting, because after a couple minutes of Slices, you won't be in the mood for this nonsense either.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. Does having so many persistent advertisements in Slices make you feel differently about this game? Why do you think that is?

  • This game is basically the same kind of puzzle over and over again, but do you think that's enough to keep people playing? Is there some way the developers could make the puzzles more interactive?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 14, 2018
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 149.10 MB
  • Publisher: Good Job Games
  • Version: 2.1.6
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up

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