A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
When SNAIL BOB 3: BEYOND THE SKY begins, Bob and his pals are enjoying a nice day outside when a twister comes along, picks them up, and drops them off on a deserted island. Now, of course, Bob has to find and rescue his friends. To do this, you have to figure out how to get Bob from the starting point of each level to its exit. This not only involves figuring out a route, but also hitting the right switches, finding all the stars, avoiding hazards, and completing other -- often puzzling -- tasks to open up the correct pathway for our friendly snail.
Is it any good?
It's a shame when a potentially fun game is ruined by greed, which is exactly what happens in this arcade-ish puzzle game. In Snail Bob 3: Beyond the Sky, you have to help a friendly gastropod get from the starting point of each level to the portal to the next level. To do this, you have to not only tell Bob when to stay still and when to move, and in what direction, but also hit switches and buttons to help him get around while avoiding some hazards that even his hard shell can't protect him from. He can even, when he has the right shell, do some special moves, like jumping.
But while this could've been a pleasant-enough and mentally challenging puzzle game, it gets the fun sucked right out of it by having way too many ads. Some, of course, are by choice. You can watch an ad after you complete a level to get an even larger reward. But it also runs video ads randomly, including between rounds, even if you just told it "no, you don't want to watch an ad to increase your reward." There are also static ads that run constantly along the bottom of the navigation menu. Oh, but there's an ad-free version (imagine that). More important, though, there's an off button on your phone and tablet, one that you can hit instead of playing any of the annoyingly greedy Snail Bob 3: Beyond the Sky.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about money managing. While Snail Bob 3: Beyond the Sky is free, you can buy costumes and the currency needed to keep playing. How do you know how much to spend on a free game, and what to spend it on?
Snail Bob 3: Beyond the Sky has a lot of ads, but it also offers an ad-free option that you can buy. Do you think annoying people with ads is a wise idea so that they'll spend more to play?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Price: free with ads and microtransactions
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: September 9, 2020
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 467.60 MB
- Publisher: Hunter Hamster Studio
- Version: 0.8.12.0
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: February 22, 2021