What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
Gameplay has that "just one more level" appeal, but a steep difficulty curve -- intentionally designed to entice players to spend money on extra moves -- can put a damper on players' progress and enjoyment.
The connection between the story and the levels is tenuous. Players can beg each other for help, but there's no sophisticated social collaboration. This is a mediocre puzzle game with missed opportunities for learning.
Players are adequately supported by tutorials and helpful text bubbles and can clearly track their progress through high-score leaderboards and an in-game map.
What's it about?
In FAIRY TALE TWIST, players swap charms of the same type to make them disappear from the board. You'll have a limited number of moves to complete level objectives, such as swapping 10 sleeping-bird tiles or freeing 20 trapped ladybugs by breaking the stone blocks on top of them. Each group of levels is themed after a different fairy tale, and each \"book\" climaxes with a boss-battle puzzle level in which a player must score more points than the villain. Players must retry the level if they run out of moves, and they get a limited number of attempts before they must either pay for more turns, ask friends for help, or wait for turns to recharge.
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.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about strategy versus speed in puzzle games. Which approach do you like best: taking your time to plan each move, or racing against the clock?
What are some of your favorite fairy tales, and why?
Is it cheating if you spend money to buy items that give you an advantage in a game?
Talk to kids about the dangers of overspending on in-game purchases.