Wonka's World of Candy

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Basic but still addictive sugar-filled match-3 puzzle game.

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Game uses simple touch controls but gets progressively more difficult.

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Players can buy in-game credits, or earn them through playing, and then use these credits to keep playing when they run out of turns or to buy items for their candy factory. Players can also pay real money to have unlimited lives. The game may also prompt you to buy the original movie and a lot of candy.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wonka's World of Candy is a match-3 puzzle game for iOS and Android. Like most puzzle games, this has no inappropriate content. But it does have some commercial aspects; specifically, players can use in-game credits to buy items for their factory or to keep playing when they run out of turns, and these credits are either earned by playing or bought with real-world money. Players can also purchase an option to have unlimited lives. Playing this game may cause you to want to watch the movie ... and eat tons of candy while you do. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Inspired by the classic 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, WONKA'S WORLD OF CANDY shows you what happened before the movie. By solving a series of match-3 puzzles, you help Mr. Wonka upgrade his factory and make it a fun and safe place for the Oompa Loompas to work. As you progress, the puzzles are more difficult, while your factory gets more complicated and colorful.

Is it any good?

Though it has the same basic mechanics as other match-3 puzzle games, this is still fun, providing players with increasingly clever puzzles and an interesting reason to keep playing. Inspired by the classic 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Wonka's World of Candy is a match-3 puzzle game where you have to move a piece of candy on a board in an attempt to line up three or more of the same kind. Doing so removes all of them from the board, awards you much needed points, and sometimes gives you a new piece of candy that has special abilities. Admittedly, this is a pretty blatant rip-off of Candy Crush and other games. But what it does have are some new mechanics, especially in the later puzzles. It also gives you a good reason to keep playing, rewarding solved puzzles with items you can use to fix up or add to Mr. Wonka's candy factory. Not only do you add some rather weird trees, but you also make it a safer and more fun work environment for the Oompa Loompas. All of which is why fans of match-3 puzzle games will get a serious sugar rush out of Wonka's World of Candy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about originality. Wonka's World of Candy is very similar to other match-3 games. Do you think that's a problem? Is the game still fun?

  • Given that you can earn credits by playing, is there any reason to spend money on it? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 9, 2018
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 205.30 MB
  • Publisher: Zynga
  • Version: 1.11.1203
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up

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