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What's it about?
Inspired by the iconic and titular comic book character, TINTIN MATCH is a match-3 puzzle game in which solving puzzles unlocks pieces needed to complete a diorama, as well as character cards that unlock gifts and prizes. But, otherwise, this doesn't have a story. It's just a series of puzzles in which, by moving one piece, you have to try and line up or connect three or more of the same kind of piece.
Is it any good?
Setting aside for a moment that this should be called Snowy Match (because Snowy is way cooler than his master), this match-3 puzzle game is as fun as the iconic comic books that inspired it. Like other match-3 puzzle games, Tintin Match has you using the touch screen to move pieces on a board in hopes of lining up or connecting three or more of them, which then removes them from the board and, in some cases, replaces them with special pieces. Each puzzle also has its own set of objectives, which range from removing a certain number of specific colored pieces to using the removal process to open boxes next to them, and so on.
As match-3 puzzle games go, this doesn't add anything new to the formula, nor does it deviate from it. What it does, though, is add a bit more challenge, by getting difficult quicker than most, and by having optional puzzles that get increasingly more challenging. You also, by beating puzzles, unlock cards for characters from such classic Tintin comics as 1941's "The Crab with the Golden Claws." Plus, you get to hang out with the always adorable Snowy, who's a good boy, yes he is. That said, while this might make some people check out the iconic comic books that this is based on, there's nothing particularly Tintin-ish about this game. It's not like some match-3 games where solving puzzles also solves crimes. But if you're just looking for another fun puzzle game that will keep you swiping for hours, Tintin Match is quite an adventure.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about managing your money. In Tintin Match, you can earn the currency needed to keep playing by finishing puzzles, but you can also buy some in the game's store, so how do you decide how much to spend on a game that's free?
Tintin Match is inspired by a series of iconic comic books, but does playing the game make you want to read those books? Do you think maybe that's why they made it?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Price: free with microtransactions
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: September 2, 2020
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 169.60 MB
- Publisher: 5th Planet Game Development
- Version: 1.0.6
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Requires Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: September 9, 2020