Australian Council on Children and the Media

Bakery Story - Storm 8 Studios

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In the Bakery Story app the player bakes and sells food items in their restaurant to earn money, expand and upgrade the restaurant, and for other rewards. Caution: in app purchasing and advertising featuring simulated gambling games. Not suitable for ages 4-8, parental guidance for 9-15 years.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Bakery Story was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 26 June 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Bakery Story
Developed by: Storm 8 Studios
Platform reviewed: Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: none
ACCM suggested age: Not suitable for ages 4-8. Parental guidance for ages 9-15 due to in-app purchasing, online connectivity and gambling ads.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Bakery Story contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

The reviewer played this game for several hours.

App description

This app is a simulation style game set in a bakery/restaurant. The player is the baker and the object of the game is to bake and sell food items to make money to upgrade and expand the restaurant and also to reach goals if desired. The game is played in real time and the play continues when the user is not playing with food items cooking/selling etc. It does offer some educational elements with time management and money aspects as part of play.  This game is quite complex for a younger child, as it has many different aspects to consider simultaneously.

Reviewers comments

The game begins with a small bakery/restaurant and the player is shown how to bake and sell food items to make money, upgrade the restaurant and achieve goals. The game is downloaded to the device via Google Play and requires the internet to run. There is an option to connect to other ‘real’ people by visiting their restaurants or invite them to visit yours.  Players can also create a ‘log in’ and sign into the ‘Storm8’ community and are also able to SMS and email people they know to invite them to play the game.  Adverts and goals to download more Storm8 games are common throughout the game, and to ‘speed up’ the cooking time of food the player can watch video advertising of other games – most of these appear to be simulated slot/gambling games.  The player can easily purchase more gems with real money by simply clicking ‘buy’ through Google Play.

In App purchasing

Gems are available for purchase as per below: 

Online information

  • Identity details
  • Log ins
  • Phone

Gambling

Advertising of simulated gambling games.

Advertising and product placement

Advertises and has videos to earn rewards that depict other ‘Storm8’ games including slot games (simulated gambling).

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

The potential to connect to other real players who are strangers.

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

About games and gambling

Most games contain elements of risk, chance and knowledge, that is why they are fun to play. There is growing concern about the impacts of simulated gambling games on the health and wellbeing of children. That's why we are identifying games that contain gambling elements on our site.

The State Government of South Australia's web site http://nogame.com.au/ contains information about these concerns.