Diamond Dash on Facebook

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced puzzle game about matching gems on Facebook.
  • Facebook
  • Free with Microtransactions
  • 2011

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Diamond Dash on Facebook wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

There are no overt messages in this arcade game, but it does encourage friendly competition between friends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are no characters in this game.

Ease of Play

The game is fast-paced, but very simple to learn and play.

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

The game is free to play, but players can spend $9.99 USD per month to subscribe to the Diamond Dash Club for unlimited play and other bonuses.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Diamond Dash is a fast-paced, match-3 arcade game played on Facebook. The game is free to play, but players can spend real money to extend play time. Players can subscribe to the "Diamond Dash Club" for $9.99 USD per month, which unlocks unlimited plays and other bonuses. Players are regularly prompted to send gifts and invitations to friends to get them to join the game.

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What's it about?

In each round of DIAMOND DASH, players have 60 seconds to remove as many gems as possible from the game board by clicking on groups of three or more of the same color. For each round completed, players earn experience points towards leveling up and unlocking new bonuses and power-ups, such as Magic Fire, which causes bigger explosions when activated.

Is it any good?

Diamond Dash's gameplay is fairly mindless, but it was designed to be played in short bursts and is fun and lively in that context. Each round is exciting thanks to bonuses that are triggered based on speed, and provide plenty of visual and audio stimulation when active. Aside from weekly tournaments, where players can earn medals for placing in the top 3 among friends, social integration has been largely overlooked. The $9.99 USD subscription to unlock unlimited play and a few other perks seems a steep price for such a simplistic game, but the free version is a fast-paced and fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of arcade games like Diamond Dash. Why can such simple games still be fun?

  • Do online leaderboards make you more competitive? Would you play the game as much if your performance wasn't ranked against your friends'?

Game details

For kids who love playing social games

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