Star Wars: Puzzle Droids

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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The Force is strong in this Star Wars-flavored match-3 game.

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age 18+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Simple touch controls, but gets progressively more difficult.

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Consumerism

Players use real-world money to buy gems that can be used to keep playing when they run out of lives, turns. May get kids interested in buying more Star Wars-related products.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Star Wars: Puzzle Droids is a connect-3 puzzle game that features imagery and iconography from the Star Wars movies. So, naturally, there's no inappropriate content. As with so many puzzle games, players can use in-game currency they earn or buy to keep playing when they run out of lives or moves. The game may also prompt kids to ask for their own BB-8 astromech droid (or maybe just one of those radio-controlled ones). Read the app's privacy policy in the "Settings" menu or on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

What's it about?

In STAR WARS: PUZZLE DROIDS, BB-8 is missing some memories, and he needs you to match three or more of the same kinds of circuits to unlock his archive system. As you do, you follow the path BB-8 took in the beginning of The Force Awakens, when he was running around Jakku with Rey. Later levels will take place on Takodana, while there are already plans to add a visit to the Death Star.

Is it any good?

By augmenting a match-3 puzzler with imagery and even gameplay mechanics from the sci-fi saga, this ends up being, well, out of this world. In Star Wars: Puzzle Droids, you have to help BB-8 restore his memories by matching three or more of the same kinds of circuits. So, yeah, this is another match-3 puzzle game. But it's not just another match-3 puzzle game, as it sometimes uses elements of Star Wars to add new gameplay mechanics. For instance, the bombs you get in other games here look like one of those thermal detonators Leia used to threaten Jabba, while the boost that destroys a single piece is here a Blas Technology DL-44 heavy blaster pistol like Han Solo's. But unlike in similar puzzle games, if you match seven of a certain circuit over time, it causes a Nightwatcher Worm to burrow and destroy a barrier. You can also use BB-8's blowtorch to destroy five circuits in a row, but unlike in other games, they can be five connected diagonally, not just horizontally and vertically. You can even replay puzzles you've beaten but now on "Expert" difficulty for added rewards. All of this helps Star Wars: Puzzle Droids feel both familiar and new ... not unlike a certain sci-fi saga.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about pattern recognition. What does this game teach you about recognizing colors and shapes and, thinking ahead, how the patterns might change if you remove some of the puzzle pieces?

  • Talk about budgeting money. Given that you can earn gems by playing, or could just wait until your lives refresh, is there a reason to spend a lot of money on this game? Conversely, wouldn't spending a little something help the developers?

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