Small Lime is a game combines a match three-style game and an electronic pet with animé characters and a role-playing story. The game offers incentives for speed, points for achievements, and “upgrades” for the player’s pet.
- Feed, clothe and take care of a character
- Test logic and spatial reasoning skills
- Earn points to unlock levels and purchase upgrades
- Unlock chapters of the story as levels are accessed
- 10 levels to explore
Small Lime is a high quality app that kids will enjoy from the elementary years and beyond, especially if they enjoy the “match-3” type games. The app works as expected, and everything happens smoothly. It is quite obvious, however, that whoever wrote the story and narration is not a native speaker of English, so there are numerous grammar glitches and a few that make it a bit difficult to understand.
This app is not really intended to be educational, though children who play will be exercising their imaginations, their ability to follow directions, and their spatial reasoning skills. There are also some puzzles to solve that involve thinking several moves ahead to avoid falling into deadends.
Small Lime will be entertaining for players who really like the “match-3” type games, since it puts a few twists into the typical play of this category. The addition of quests, points, upgrades, and taking care of the pet add new dimensions to the play.
That being said, if a young player does not get caught up in the story, the game play is somewhat repetitious, and the app may not have much staying power for these players. Some younger players may also have trouble solving the increasingly difficult puzzles and might become frustrated.
The app is currently free on the App Store, so it’s a great value. It will provide children with an opportunity to explore both “match-3” style play and “caring for an electronic pet” play, which is great. Parents can see how their children respond to these styles before investing on more diverse and detailed games.
This app does not have a parents’ section, but it does have unprotected links to social media that are easily accessed. This is not likely problematic for players in middle school and above, but is a large concern for the elementary age group that the app is likely to appeal to.
- NO 3rd party ads
- NO in-app purchase
- YES unprotected social media and email links
Small Lime is a fun app that invites players to enter a world with a story told by animé characters where progress is achieved through playing a “match-3” type game and solving puzzles. There are a number of enjoyable aspects to the game including caring for an electronic pet, purchasing food, clothing and equipment with points earned by playing, and more.