A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The game uses simple touch controls that are explained well.
Products & Purchases
Players use coins to keep playing when they run out of turns, and hearts when they run out of lives. These can be earned by playing or watching ads, or bought with real money. Players can also purchase new snail costumes with real money, others with in-game coins, still others by watching between 3 and 50 ads. The game also often runs random video ads, and has static ads on the menu page. An ad-free version is available for $2.99.
Parents Need to Know
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.
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