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What parents need to know
What's it about?
TMNT BATTLE MATCH - NINJA TURTLES MATCHING GAME is a tile-matching game disguised as a fighting game. Kids pick a turtle character and an opponent and then start a battle. To control your turtle, you match tiles on a six-by-six grid: Pick battle tiles (such as a foot or a weapon) to attack and defensive tiles (such as a shield) to defend. There are also special tiles that trigger each turtle's special attacks and health tiles (pizza, of course) that restore your turtle's health score. Progress bars track health for your turtle and your opponent throughout the battle; if you win, your score rewards you for how much health you had left and how quickly you defeated your opponent. Between levels, you can upgrade your turtle with more powerful attacks and better health capabilities, all available for purchase with in-app currency. You can earn the currency by winning battles, or you can purchase more from within the app with real money.
Is it any good?
Though the game is amusing, it may be trying to do too much at once: It's a so-so battle game and an OK matching game, so unless you're a huge TMNT fan, this game may have limited appeal. The cut scene sets the stage for what this game is all about and what you're supposed to do with all these matching tiles, but even with that short introduction, it's not especially clear how to get started or how to do better, which makes the early rounds more haphazard than deliberate. Overall, it's pretty fun to make a chain of matching tiles that snakes around the screen, and it's fun to figure out how to alternate between matching attack tiles and defensive tiles. That being said, this game moves fast, and it can be hard to make decisions quickly enough to ward off your opponent's attacks. This could make this game especially frustrating for younger kids. Plus, it's really hard to get past the more advanced levels without upgrading your turtle, and you mostly can't upgrade your turtle enough without further in-app purchases.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about problem solving with puzzles. What kinds of strategies can you use as you play? How can you plan ahead for your next move?
Talk about how the gameplay relates to the game's story -- and to other shows or games you've seen with the Turtles. How does this game fit into their story?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, solving puzzles, strategy
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: December 9, 2015
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- Size: 74.90 MB
- Publisher: Nickelodeon
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up
- Last updated: July 12, 2020
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