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Devolver Tumble Time (2021) is a puzzle game where you connect groups of matching icons. As you play, you unlock new characters and icons from Devolver-published games that offer wacky powerups and abilities to clear the board and complete objectives. It stands out for its irreverent, tongue-in-cheek humour and how the unusual level objectives require you to come up with clever strategies.

Play occurs on a round board filled with icons of characters from popular indie games, such as Carrion, Cult of the Lamb, and Gris. By locating and tapping on groups of three or more of the same icon, you clear them from the board, allowing new icons to filter down. By connecting more at once, you can form different bombs and powerups that can clear out huge areas. You also unlock characters that have special abilities you can use mid-level to help you, such as placing bombs throughout the level or removing all of a specific icon.

Each level has a set of objectives you must clear within the time limit, like removing a certain number of a specific icon, activating a certain number of bombs, or clearing a certain number of items in a given time. These challenges, while simple at first, eventually require careful strategy and consideration to beat, such as what character you want to use, when to activate bombs, and whether to leave certain icons on the board for longer to make bigger groups of them.

The result is a game that's more than just matching icons. Carefully choosing the best character for the level, formulating clever strategies, and learning from your failures make for an engaging and involved yet still entertaining game.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Devolver Tumble Time 13 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Puzzle and Sequencing game with Collecting and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 2 minutes to play a round of this game. Levels are all time-limited to at most a few minutes, but can often be beaten quicker.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.

Rated 12+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Simulated Gambling, Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor, and Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.
This game includes adverts on some platforms that are watched to unlock additional content. Note that these adverts are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Although some of the detail of the game's mechanics may be lost on young children, the simple task of locating adjacent icons is straightforward and approachable, but later levels require more thought and strategy.

CostsCosts

Devolver Tumble Time

App Store iOS Free
Android Store Android Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Loot Boxes: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. These include in-game purchases of random items (known as 'loot boxes') that offer a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.
  • Advertising: Smartphone or Tablet version of this game includes adverts. This varies in form but watching ads is often incentivised by unlocking additional content and progress in the game. Note that these are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
 
There are several different in-game currencies you can buy and trade for coins, which you can use for unlocking new characters in a loot-box-style system. You can also pay to remove ads and also have unlimited tries at levels without having to wait. 
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/11/2021, updated in 2023

Price: Free

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Puzzle, Sequencing (Collecting and Simulation)

Accessibility: 19 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: Nopopo Fun (@NopopoFun)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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