Steamballs HD

Common Sense Media says

Sleek match-three game with opt-in open chat.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The touch screen controls are simple; just three virtual buttons for left, right, and drop. The matching concept is fairly easy to get the hang of, but younger players may have a tough time keeping track of all the variables involved.

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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to Open Feint, an interactive network,
which allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect
with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers.

Some safety concerns. If users opt in to Open Feint they can choose to share
their personal information with strangers

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Steamballs HD is a match-three puzzle game with no objectionable content. The basic concept is simple enough to understand, but a wide variety of variables will likely make the game confusing for younger players as the game progresses. Note that players can choose to opt in to the Open Feint multiplayer community, which encourages players to create profiles, share personal and location data, and acts as a platform for forums and chats.

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QUALITY
 

STEAMBALLS HD is a sleek looking match-three game that has players placing like-colored balls in horizontal lines as they drop from above to make them disappear. You can select when and where to drop the balls, but the catch is that they land on scales that change elevation based on the number and kind of spheres sitting on each side. Complicating matters further are special orbs like the black hole, which paints adjacent balls black, and the chrome gear, which doubles points. Plus, balls are cued up above each column, which means the next ball you’ll need to place is determined based on the column in which you choose to drop your current ball, adding an extra level of strategy. The goal is simply to achieve a high score, but the game’s nuances and the tactics players pick up as they grow more experienced can make this great little puzzler hopelessly habit forming.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$3.99
Release date:June 20, 2010
Category:Puzzle Games
Version:1.0

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