A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids learn about using logic and strategy and working toward goals. Game involves counting and matching, and provides experience following instructions. Kids use addition, subtraction, basic money management principles as they earn and spend coins. The app doesn't provide any specific academic instruction, but having to complete tasks in a specific number of moves offers experience planning, determining priorities, and making decisions. Kids will need to persevere to advance.
Ease of Play
Kids get instructions on how to play, see frequent tips and gameplay reminders, can also access a help section to review rules.
Products & Purchases
A special pass provides faster heart refills, daily bonus items, other benefits for $4.49 a month. Packs of coins -- which can be spent on replenishing hearts or extending rounds, if you run out of moves -- and other items are sold for $0.99 to $79.99. Based on the popular Peanuts comic franchise, which has spawned TV shows, movies, and games.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Snoopy Puzzle Journey is a matching-focused game for iOS and Android devices that provides a number of resources to help kids complete rounds. The game is based on the long-running and popular Peanuts comic strip. If gamers pause while playing, groups of squares will wiggle to suggest a potential next move. They can also buy coins and other items to use with real cash, but don't really need to, because they can earn and will periodically receive special tools -- which can, for instance, clear portions of the board. Kids can also friend other users through the app and send them a gift box, which contains a random gameplay-related item such as a heart. But they won't see or share any personal information, and users can't directly chat with each other.
Is It Any Good?
Kids are encouraged to work toward goals in this puzzle game. In Snoopy Puzzle Journey, players can often use items such as boosters that will eliminate an entire row to help them advance, so the process is rarely frustrating. When more than one special item is used at a time, the pieces have an even greater effect. A missile will clear out a column or row, for example, and a missile and a bomb removes three rows and columns. The app also showcases kids' progress in a number of ways, which helps them see what they still need to do and provides positive reinforcement for what they've done. As they complete levels, they'll advance on a map toward a new city. They also collect points for playing and work to complete items on a to-do list, such as eliminating a certain number of red squares during rounds.
The game is generally fun, although individual rounds often whizz by quickly -- sometimes almost too fast. Up until about level 15, a number can be completed in just a few moves. Levels do, though, get somewhat more challenging as players progress. But there's a delay when moving between sections within the app. Kids see a playing tip while the screen loads, yet it can make the overall pace seem a bit sluggish at times. Each puzzle costs a heart to attempt. Once you run out of them, if you don't have enough coins on hand, you'll have to wait until a heart refills, which can take about 15 minutes. As a result, kids can't play Snoopy Puzzle Journey indefinitely -- something they may not be crazy about, but parents might appreciate.
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