A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
Players colonize empty islands by laying down foliage and buildings, which creates homes for people to settle on the island.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
When players trap three or more bears, they turn into tombstones, but there's no graphic or gory violence.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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