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Sugar Smash: The Book of Life

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Typical but fun all-ages match-3 puzzle game.

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Though it was made to promote an animated movie, this match-3 puzzle game is still fun even if you've never seen the film. Inspired by the 2014 film of the same name, Sugar Smash: The Book of Life has you using simple touch controls to line up three or more pieces of candy that have the same shape and color. Doing so removes them from the board, and hopefully solves the puzzle's requirements before you run out of turns. And, as always, matching 4 or 5 candies also gives you special pieces that can clear out even more of the board than just matching 3.

As match-3 puzzle games go, this mostly plays like the rest, but with a handful of important distinctions. Matching pieces in the shape of a square does nothing, which can be a bummer for players who expect this move to work like it does in other games. Book of Life slightly makes up for it by giving you candies that take out pieces diagonally when you make a match in the shape of a T. Similarly, while fans of the movie will be bummed this has little more than a superficial connection to it, people who didn't see the film but like these kinds of puzzle games won't feel lost. More importantly, while this starts out easy enough, as they all do, it does get clever and more challenging as you progress, unlike some puzzles games, which often play it safe. Which is why you'll keep playing Sugar Smash: The Book of Life long after you've forgotten the movie it was made to promote.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 22, 2019
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: Jam City
  • Version: 3.82.129
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up
  • Last updated: October 20, 2020

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