Parents' Guide to

Steamballs HD

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

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

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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
  • Release date: June 20, 2010
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Version: 1.0
  • Last updated: August 23, 2016

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