Triple Town

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Social network "match-3" puzzler fun with or without paying.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about the mathematical principles of grouping, patterns, and shapes as they match symbols on a small and enclosed grid. The symbols are randomly generated, so kids will learn to adapt to unexpected challenges, including bears that can walk from one space to the next, and ninjas that jump to any random spot on the grid. This game rewards kids who plan they steps in advance. Triple Town is a fun and encouraging puzzle game that provides a fair balance of luck and skill.

Positive Messages

Players colonize empty islands by laying down foliage and buildings, which creates homes for people to settle on the island. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters in the game are simply players on a board. They don't have personalities.

Ease of Play

Triple Town is easy to learn. A tutorial introduces players to how the game works, and it can be replayed at any time.

Violence

When players trap three or more bears, they turn into tombstones, but there's no graphic or gory violence.

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Consumerism

Players can spend real money on power-ups and exclusive items. The game prompts players to add friends in order to earn bonus rewards. Overall, Title Town is not as spammy or aggressively viral as some other social games. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Triple Town is a puzzle game played on the Facebook and Google+ social networks. The two versions are virtually identical. (Players spend Facebook Credits in the Facebook version, while the Google+ version charges money directly.) There is no objectionable content. Triple Town would appeal to players younger than 13, but kids must be at least 13 to sign up for a Facebook or Google+ account. The mobile app version allows younger kids to experience this game.

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What's it about?

TRIPLE TOWN is a twist on the popular match-3 puzzle game genre where players create a medieval town by placing objects on a grid. When three items of the same type are placed side by side, they disappear and leave behind one more valuable item. For example, three grasses produce a bush, three bushes produce a tree, three trees produce a house, and so on. The round ends when all of the spaces on the grid have been filled up. Each time players complete a round, they earn points towards a weekly high score, coins that can be spent on power-ups, and special items that are used to decorate a capital city. More powerful items, as well as decorative items for the capital city, can be purchased with real cash. Once players have run out of moves, they can either buy more or wait for them to recharge.

Is it any good?

Triple Town is a fun and engaging puzzle game that offers just the right blend of skill and luck, with rules that are easy to learn. While players can gain an advantage by purchasing extra power-ups, Triple Town is still enjoyable and satisfying without spending any money. The game's social features aren't terribly robust, and gameplay can become repetitive since there's not a lot of variety among the four different islands that players can colonize. On the other hand, Triple Town raises itself above some of the other social games by placing a greater emphasis on fun rather than recruiting friends, begging for items, or posting status updates. Plus it is a great way to teach kids how to plan ahead within a strategy game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about playing match-3 puzzle games. With so many match-3 games out there, how does Triple Town differentiate itself? Is it important for each new game to be unique?

  • Families can also talk about the challenges of each of the four islands. Which island is your favorite to play, and why?

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