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Pocket Family

Android - Free

Teacher Overview

Pocket Family is a whole lot of fun with its engaging and non-violent game play.  If you want your children to have a fun diversion that engages their brain and not just their reflexes, this might be just the game you want.

Teacher Review

Pocket Family is a child-friendly version of the popular match-3 style games.  Essentially, in these games, players need to match like tiles on a grid which then disappear.  Careful play, or just good luck, can result in various combinations of matches as one block disappearing lets another fall which makes another match and so on.  The popularity of this genre makes it clear how engaging this simple game mechanic can be.

In pocket family, the goal is to destroy a given number of blocks within a set number of moves.  The player is assisted in this by the ability to create and trigger special blocks which have extra effects.  There are quite a few types and each has a distinctly different role.  Learning how to use these special blocks well is taught in the first few levels of the app as it guides the player through the best moves to meet the completion criteria.

Games in this genre are among the most highly polished of all games and Pocket Family is no exception. The playing grid is colourful and cartoon-like, blocks disappear in an explosion of colour, and special effects leave their trails over the screen.

Aside from the undeniably satisfying feeling of hitting a level's targets in a riot of colourful combination effects, there is another bonus to doing well in the form of the Pocket Family of the app's title.  Players earn the means by which to furnish and decorate the Pocket Family's large country home.  There is no gameplay challenge to this but choosing and placing decorative items is popular with players as they try to make a virtual space look just as they would choose and also to form a visual representation of their accomplishments in the main game.

As a game of its genre Pocket Family is very good but is it educational?  It cannot be denied that it is more entertainment than education but these games do promote concentration which is a weakness of some children.  Following the structure of a game and learning how its components work are also challenges for some students, so the introduction levels of this app will help them to see how they can follow instructions to learn independently.  

It could be rightly argued that many games would provide a similar set of learning benefits but at least with Pocket Family it is in a way that does not use violence or overstimulating action.  Playing this game is likely to be a soothing experience and so it would work as a reward or entertaining distraction between more academic exercises.

Pocket Family can be downloaded for free and then expanded using in-app purchases.  Removing advertisements is always a good thing as it improves the flow and also ensures a fair recompense to the developer.  Further payments can be voluntarily made to speed up the acquisition of the in-game currency which can be spent in numerous ways.  This is not essential, though, as it can also be earned through gameplay.

The educational value of this app compared to its entertainment value will depend on each child who uses it and what their own educational challenges are.  For those whom it is useful, it is likely that many games would meet their needs but the child-friendly nature of Pocket Family and its ease of access means it is definitely one you should check out.

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Developer Description

A new loveable home building game is now on Android!

The Pocket Family needs your help in bringing an inherited old mansion back to grandeur and life! Turn the interiors into a rustic or traditional style residence – all at your fingertips!

Beat match 2 puzzles to fix, restore and redesign the rooms. Interact with an amazingly cute and wonderful cast of characters that are ready to move-in and live in your cozy yet elegant dream house!

Features: 

Addictive Puzzles
- Tap 2 or more groups of blocks of same color to destroy them or turn into power-ups
- Combine power ups to remove more blocks and create awesome effects
- Achieve the goal required to complete the puzzle
- Collect stars and coins to be able to complete different tasks
- Tons of fun levels and puzzles to complete

Complete Family Tasks
- Perform tasks such as cleaning the rooms, repairing and refurnishing the mansion
- Interact with your family members! 

Customize Your Mansion
- Choose the home design that best suits your taste
- Multiple designs of incredible wallpapers, floorings and interactive decorations to choose from

Character Collection
- Unlock characters to invite to your mansion.

Play Offline
- Play Pocket Family anytime, anywhere!

Take your decorating skills to the next level with this mansion makeover and create a move-in ready house in Pocket Family! Join this wonderful adventure now!

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