My son has taken an interest in my wife's Farm Heroes Saga. He understands the match 3 premise, but the game is full of in game purchases and Facebook popups after each level with close and cancel buttons all over the place.

I understand that's the way the game makes money, but it's impossible for him to navigate.

Is there a colourful match 3 game, free or paid, that does not have ads or Facebook links? Fun but simple.

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Gummy Candy Blast will remove ads with an in game purchase of $4.79. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gummy.candy.android

  • I very much doubt that. The app comes with 15 (!!) trackers (including real heavy ones like Facebook, Umeng and Moat). Definitely a no-go for children. If you don't believe me, check out at Appbrain (scroll down to "Libraries"). So if you value the child's (and its family's) privacy, pick something else.
    – Izzy
    Jul 13, 2019 at 19:00
  • Good to know. Just the first one I saw with the option.
    – dangowans
    Jul 13, 2019 at 19:48

Baby Shark Match: Ocean Jam offers no ads for $2.59. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bitmango.go.babysharkmatchoceanjam

  • Same issue here, not suited for children in a security/privacy context. I count 14 trackers on a quick glance. Hint: Always check with Exodus Privacy or Appbrain. Both can be related to the Play Store URL (the id= value). // Apart from that: One-line answers are rather low quality. Please read our discussion on what makes an answer high quality to see what we aim at here.
    – Izzy
    Jul 13, 2019 at 23:14
  • My apologies. I was really hoping someone had done this research. Match 3 is such a saturated market.
    – dangowans
    Jul 13, 2019 at 23:33
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    I must admit I haven't even heard of it – but that might be a language thingy (I'm not a native English speaker). Maybe you could update your question with a few more details to make good matching (oops, no pun intended) answers possible? And while looking around yourself, make sure a finding isn't "too offensive" (cross-checking with Exodus/Appbrain) and then also point that out in your answer (e.g. "other than most apps in this area, this one comes with no/few trackers…") – and consider some other points from the linked quality guide? I gladly upvote then :)
    – Izzy
    Jul 14, 2019 at 10:45
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    PS: That seems to be a huge task. Starting with this list and walking it 1-by-1, 14 trackers is in the medium range (found one with far more than 20). Here's one that has just 5, one with 3 and one with just 2. Why do they all have Facebook included, in games for small kids??? That's quite unreasonable and irresponsible. PS: I checked 1st page only. Go on :)
    – Izzy
    Jul 14, 2019 at 10:54

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