A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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.
Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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