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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Players are told how to use new booster tools when they're introduced and get clear instructions on levels can be played. Adding a map or other graphic to show their overall progress would be helpful.
A filter prevents chat messages with swears from being shared with other team members, but it's possible to enter variations to get around the filters.
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Products & Purchases
Users can play for a long time and not see a single ad. The app does offer in-house purchases, though, with coin and booster packages that range from $1.99 to $99.99.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Toon Blast is a puzzle app for iOS and Android devices. Unlike other free to play games, Toon Blast doesn't force players to watch ads often between rounds, so they can primarily play without interruption. They can purchase coins and use them to keep playing if they run out of moves in a round, with packages ranging from $1.99 to $99.99, but they probably won't need to. If players reach level 20, they'll be able to join a team and chat with other users. Posts with swearing will be blocked, but some users have found ways around the filter. Parents will need to disable the chat feature to ensure kids can't talk to other players. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content to be included.
Is It Any Good?
This puzzle game offers a fun, enjoyable playing experience without subjecting players to most of the traditional free-to-play game issues. In Toon Blast, players don't have to pause to watch multiple ads or deal with other delays. They can even choose to skip the fanfare at the end of each round to move on to the next level faster. They face different, increasingly challenging goals as they progress -- at first, they just need to remove a particular amount of colored blocks in a given number of moves. Later on, players are asked to clear a certain number of balloons, ducks, and bubbles. They're also given different tools periodically to help them remove large amounts of blocks -- such as disco balls that shoot beams out toward random points, and a hammer that can clear an entire row -- which helps prevent the game from getting boring. While you can repeat rounds or pay to keep playing, you're typically given more than enough moves to finish before running out.
The animal characters that drive out in a camper at the beginning of the round seem somewhat random, because there's no info about how they tie into the game -- and they're mostly just shown in still images, celebrating after a round or posing individually next to their name. Their presence is a little confusing, but it doesn't significantly detract from the ability to continuously play without having to purchase or watch something. The biggest concern may be a kid's ability to converse with other users once they reach a certain level, but fortunately that can be feature can be removed in the app's settings. These minor problems aside, Toon Blast is a ball to play, and manages to be one of the best free-to-play experiences around.
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