Parents' Guide to

The Love Boat: Puzzle Cruise

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

All ages match-3 puzzle game is best for fans of the show.

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Ask any child of the '70s who watched a lot of The Love Boat in the '80s, and it'll be their pleasure to set sail on this clever match-3 puzzle/home improvement game. In The Love Boat: Puzzle Cruise you have to help Captain Stubin fix up The Pacific Princess. To do this, you have to move three or more of the same floaty pool toys on a board so they line up, thus removing them from the board and, hopefully, fulfilling the requirements of that particular puzzle before you run out of turns. Doing so not only opens up the next puzzle, it also gives you a chance to pick out some new drapes, carpets, and other furnishings that will hopefully spruce up this cruise ship.

As match-3 puzzle games with home decorating aspects go, this is solid, if uneventful. While the puzzles do get progressively tougher (as they always do), this isn't as inventive as other ones that've been released. Which is why this is more for fans of the original TV show who enjoy this kind of puzzle game than just people solely into the puzzle game itself. It's just too bad they didn't go full throttle with the nostalgia and get the original actors to voice their characters. But if you can live with Captain Stubbing, Doc, Isaac, Julie, and Representative Gopher being Sims-like computer characters who don't talk, and you enjoy matching three rubber duckies in a row, you should set a course for the adventure that is The Love Boat: Puzzle Cruise.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 19, 2019
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: Gameloft
  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: January 10, 2024

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