Smurfs Bubble Story

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Cute physics-based puzzle game for fans of the cartoon.

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Game uses simple touch controls.

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Players can use real-world money to buy gold coins, which are used to keep playing when you run out of turns, lives.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Smurfs Bubble Story is a simple, physics-based puzzle game. There's no inappropriate content. Players can use real money to purchase in-game currency, which is then used to keep playing when you run out of lives or turns. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In SMURFS BUBBLE STORY, you help Smurfette decide whether she wants to be a postal Smurf. To do this, you have to use your touchpad to toss a colored bubble at some other colored bubble, which makes them disappear and, hopefully, drop a letter for Smurfette to catch. As you continue, you unlock other Smurfs in what we can only assume is Smurfette's ultimate quest to break the Smurf ceiling and become the first female postmaster general in Smurf Village.

Is it any good?

By pairing a common physics-based puzzle game with those adorable blue village people, this will entertain fans of both for a good long while. In Smurfs Bubble Story -- like in similar bubble games -- players have to fling a colored bubble at other bubbles of the same color. Connecting three or more causes them to pop, which can release whatever it is you're trying to break free. But while this is, for the most part, similar to other games of this ilk, it does switch things up sometimes. For instance, while most of these kinds of games show you the whole path the bubble will follow when you bank it off the side, this one doesn't; it only shows you part of the path -- that is, unless you activate the power-up that highlights the entire path. While not being able to see the path doesn't radically alter things, it does add a little more difficulty, and guessing, to the proceedings. The different Smurfs also have their own special abilities, and populating Smurf Village with your favorite characters serves as a nice meta game. That said, Smurf haters need not apply. While this game doesn't have them repeating their Smurf saying over and over -- it actually has no voice-over -- anti-Smurfers will still get annoyed seeing so many of these little blue weirdos. But if you love the Smurfs and such similar games as Bubble Witch, you'll have a Smurftastic time Smurfing Smurfs Bubble Story.

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  • Families can talk about managing your money. Do you really need to spend real money to keep playing, or can you wait until tomorrow to keep playing?

  • Talk about planning ahead and thinking things through. What does this game teach us about thinking about what to do next before doing it?

  • Discuss how this game can influence people. Playing this game might make you want a Smurf toy or T-shirt. Do you think that could be one of the reasons the developers made this game?

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