Parents' Guide to

Simon's Cat - Story Time

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Colorful puzzler with friendly characters and fun gameplay.

Game Apple Arcade 2021
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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Beware of Facebook progress

I love this game. However, I think that for the age range that it has been released for it is a little too difficult. In a lot of the games they do not give you near enough moves to clear the board. It gets very frustrating when you have to play the same level over and over and over again and over again and if you had a couple more moves you could pass it. I love the storytime I love the graphics it's very simple it's very fun and it's very catchy. But, I started playing this game several years ago and I ended up quitting for whatever reason And I downloaded it again a couple weeks ago because I realized how much I missed it and I started playing again. I connected it to Facebook and everything was fine, I stayed at the level I was currently at and then the following day after I connected it to Facebook and after spending money and I had a lot of coins and a lot of power-ups it connected me to my old account on Facebook so I lost everything that I had purchased. And when I say I had a lot of coins and a lot of power-ups, that's exactly what I mean. I probably spent a $100 on this game. But it didn't ask me if I wanted to connect to Facebook keeping my current progress or If I wanted to continue at the last point I was at when I quit playing the game about 3 years ago. That was extremely frustrating and that is something that it should be asking. Just about every other game I have played if I go to connect to Facebook to save my progress even if I have played it before and have come back to it it gives me the option of starting where I currently am or starting where I uninstalled the game a couple years ago. So let's say today I'm on a level 100 but 2 years ago when I was quit I was on level 900 it should give me the option on which one I want to keep. So I lost out on all of that stuff and customer support was absolutely no help whatsoever Claimed that They couldn't find my old account which is BS because it's literally right there in front of them so just beware. If you've played the game before try to connect it to Facebook before purchasing anything because if it connects to your old account you will lose everything that you currently have. Other than that it's a fun game but they need to tone down the difficulty for the age range that they have it targeted for

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

This is a solid game for puzzle fans and pet lovers alike, without having to pay for power-ups or sit through advertisements as you would with other "freemium" Match-3-style games. Simon's Cat: Story Time isn't doing anything unique with the genre -- all of the gameplay elements have been done before -- but the story and characters (humans and pets) give it its own unique flavor. The game starts off easy enough, but begins to layer in more advanced elements, such as additional obstacles, and around level 50 things become trickier to complete. If you fail a level, you can try again, use up some virtual coins to continue on, or take a break from the game and play through some story elements. Unlike most games, the story progresses at your own pace. You can spend 20 stars in a row to plow through the story chapters, or alternate between a game board and a new chapter in the book. It's entirely up to you, instead of being forced to read through the story. In fact, you can bypass the story altogether, but again, this is likely the reason why someone would download this title (especially fans of the Simon's Cat world).

During the story elements, you'll be asked to make decisions here and there, such as deciding how to decorate your backyard. In fact, you can always change your mind and go back to completely revamp a garden. Options are usually basic, ornate, and wacky -- so you can infuse your own personality in there, if you like. The animation is cute and quirky, just like the web cartoon, including bulgy-eyed birds, fish swimming in the water fountain, and of course, seeing the animated neighbors and their pets (including cats that don't like each other!). The jazzy music soundtrack is whimsical. What Simon's Cat: Story Time lacks in originality it makes up for in personality, story, and presentation style. If you already pay the $4.99/month for Apple Arcade and enjoy puzzle games, download this title, which should dish up several hours of fun.

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