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Kids can learn some strategy by matching tiles and thinking a few moves ahead to plan their attack and defense moves; they'll have to use some executive functioning skills to look down the road and determine what to do next, as with any strategy game. Overall, however, TMNT Battle Match - Ninja Turtles Matching Game wasn't created with learning intent and contains very limited educational value.
Ease of Play
Few instructions, so requires some trial and error.
Violence & Scariness
Fighting game, but pretty bloodless violence.
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Products & Purchases
There are lots opportunities to buy more upgrades for your turtles throughout the game. Plus, the game ties in with a whole world of TMNT toys.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Predictably, pizza heals a turtle, but that's their only vice in this game.
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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.
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