A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn decision-making as they study the grid carefully to determine how to complete the level goal without running out of moves. There's an element of randomness to the gameplay, but some strategy is involved, especially in cases where there's more than one possible move. Kids might also learn perseverance by having to replay levels many times (unless they just buy more turns). Fairy Tale Twist is a mediocre puzzle game with missed opportunities for learning.
Players serve a positive role by helping to restore the fairy tales to their proper states. On the downside, the game lets players buy extra moves if they're stuck, which discourages perseverance.
Positive Role Models
Fairy tale characters play the usual "good" and "bad" roles, such as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.
Ease of Play
Easy to learn, with no time pressure to complete moves. The charms pulsate to suggest possible moves you can make. Puzzles quickly become difficult, however, which may tempt players to buy extra moves or power-ups.
Violence & Scariness
Some cartoonish violence depicted in comic book panels. For example, Little Red Riding Hood hits the wolf with a picnic basket full of bricks, with the caption, "Many friendships start with a head wound."
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Products & Purchases
Players can spend real money to buy extra moves and power-ups.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fairy Tale Twist is a match-3 puzzle game played on Facebook, though it lacks advanced social features. The game is free to play, but players can spend real money to gain advantages such as extra turns and power-ups. Players are regularly prompted to invite their friends to join the game and can share and compare high scores.
Is It Any Good?
Fairy Tale Twist is an OK game that could have been better. The narrative, which puts a modern and slightly edgy twist on well-known fairy tales, is funny, but there isn't enough of it to really immerse players in the stories. Social elements are restricted to begging friends for stuff and comparing high scores. The strategic, task-oriented puzzles are a welcome change from the more common type of match-3 gameplay that relies on speed. It's not long, however, before levels become extremely difficult to complete within the default number of moves, leaving players stuck and frustrated unless they're willing to fork over real money to buy extra turns.
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