Australian Council on Children and the Media

Archaeologist Egypt: Boy & Girl Educational Games - MagisterApp

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Archaeologist Egypt is an interactive educational app. Children can discover and reconstruct hidden artefacts and learn historic facts about pharaohs and deities from Ancient Egypt. Caution: in-app purchases and online connectivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Archaeologist Egypt: Boy & Girl Educational Games was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 30 March 2017.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Archaeologist Egypt: Boy & Girl Educational Games
Developed by: MagisterApp
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free, Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Parental guidance is recommended for children under 9, due to in-app purchases and online connectivity.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Archaeologist Egypt: Boy & Girl Educational Games contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All levels available in the free version were played.

App description

The app consists of a series of virtual treasure hunts. Each hunt starts with clearing the entrance, such as a pyramid or cave, with a pickaxe. Inside, fragments of an ancient artefact need to be excavated. The recovered pieces are then cleaned and reassembled in a number of steps using different archaeologist's tools, like a brush and chisel. Children can read facts relating to the treasure and thereby learn about the history of Ancient Egypt.

Reviewers comments

Playing Archaeologist Egypt gives an insight into the work of an archaeologist by introducing the basic steps and tools required to uncover, clean and reconstruct  ancient artefacts. The procedures and activities are the same for each treasure hunt, which can quickly become quite repetitive. While the actual treasure hunt is self-explanatory and suitable to be played by young children, the provided historic facts are only useful for children who can read, as the app does not provide a read-aloud option. Also, while the facts are interesting, the language, choice of vocabulary and presentation of facts are too complex for a very young audience. The parent's section is protected through a basic maths problem (e.g. 2+2 = ?) and contains options to rate and review on iTunes, share on Facebook, and access the developer's website. The start page features a button linking to related apps that can be purchased through the App Store.  Parental Guidance and/or co-playing is therefore recommended for under 9’s.

 

In App purchasing

  • The full version, containing 10 more treasure hunts, can be purchased for $ 4.49. Related apps are promoted that can be purchased in the App store.

Online information

Through the parents' section, which has limited protection, access is available to:

  • The App Store
  • iTunes
  • Facebook
  • The developer's website

Gambling

At time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

  • While the actual game play is free of any ads, the full version and other apps are advertised on the start page.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • The app does not contain gender stereotypes or sexual references.

 

Coarse language

  • The app does not feature coarse language.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • The app does not require or encourage any game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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