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Ruby Blast Adventures



Arcade puzzle game prompts players to pay to get ahead.
  • Platform: Facebook
  • Price: Free with Microtransactions
  • Genre: Arcade
  • Release Year: 2012

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to strategize and handle stress as they work against the clock to achieve a high score in this match-3 puzzle game. Kids decide which power-ups to take into each level, and when to deploy them for maximum effect. Each level is different, with ever-evolving challenges. Friends can send each other special items to complete collections. Ruby Blast Adventures encourages fast-paced strategic thinking with arcade-style gameplay.

Positive messages

Players are encouraged to help each other advance through the game by sending gifts.

Positive role models

There are no characters to interact with, but Facebook friends can help each other in the game by sending gifts.

Ease of play

Easy to pick up and play, with ample tutorials.

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Players are constantly prompted to recruit friends into the game and share messages on their news feeds. Pop-ups advertise other Zynga games. The game is free to play, but players are pressured to spend real-world cash on exclusive power-ups that can help players if they're stuck or running out of time.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ruby Blast Adventures is a gem-matching arcade game played on Facebook, where players match like-colored tiles to earn stars that unlock new levels. The game is free to play, but uses various methods to entice players to pay real-world money to enhance the experience. The game is suited for players younger than 13, but Facebook restricts membership to people aged 13 and older.

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What's it about?

In RUBY BLAST ADVENTURES the goal is to burrow down to the bottom of a mine shaft. Players do this by matching tiles of the same color next to the rocks that line the bottom of the screen, which causes them to shatter and reveal the next part of the tunnel. Players earn stars based on their performance, which unlock new levels. Players can also participate in weekly high score tournaments to earn prizes.

Is it any good?


Fans of Bejeweled-style puzzle games will feel right at home with Ruby Blast Adventures. Adventure mode gives players a sense of progress as they unlock new worlds to explore (including Egypt, Easter Island, and Atlantis), and each level has its own unique challenges: some levels, for example, restrict the types of power-ups that can be used, while others  add obstacles like lava rocks. The game is cleverly designed to entice players to spend real money in the heat of the moment to extend play-time and use power-ups to escape sticky situations. In some cases it's possible to become completely stuck unless players buy their way out by spending premium currency on the "drill" power-up. Players are also constantly being prompted to send messages to friends and share updates on their news feed. The game would be more of a "blast" without these manipulative features.

Families can talk about...

  • Would you pay a flat price to play a game like this, or do you prefer the freemium model?

  • How do you feel about getting numerous game-related messages on Facebook? Do you send messages to your friends, or un-click the boxes?

Game details

Subjects:Hobbies: collecting
Skills:Collaboration: cooperation
Self-Direction: achieving goals
Emotional Development: handling stress, persevering
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy
Price:Free with Microtransactions
Available online?Not available online
Release date:June 16, 2012
ESRB rating:NR

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