Australian Council on Children and the Media

Big Fish Casino - Big Fish Games

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This is a game of chance – a collection of various simulated gambling casino games.

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Simulated casino style gambling

This review of Big Fish Casino was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 25 March 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Big Fish Casino
Developed by: Big Fish Games
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play, Facebook
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 12+ Google Play store: Medium maturity
ACCM suggested age: 18+ Simulated gambling games
Gambling content advice: Simulated casino style gambling. Player is risking money or something of value on an outcome of an event involving chance when the probability of winning or losing is less than certain. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Big Fish Casino contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Review focuses on levels: 1 - 4

App description

This is a game of chance – a collection of various simulated gambling casino games.

Reviewers comments

This game contains many simulated gambling games, including Slots, Blackjack, Texas Hold’em Poker, Roulette and a word creation poker game. Within each type of gambling game, there are a number of games which players can choose from with varying minimum bets, buy in amounts and bid amounts.

The player begins with an allocation of chips. Each day they receive a return bonus “a bigger bonus every day” – players spin a wheel which will reward them with free chips. Players can also collect free chips every 30 minutes. The player can select which type of game to play from the Lobby.  The player then selects which game to play from a selection showing the minimum bet for each game. In these games, the player joins a virtual “table” with other online players. The name or nickname of the players may be shown and they may display a photo or cartoon avatar. The amount won by each player is shown. Some of the photos included bare chested muscled men and women with sultry expressions. It is possible to click on a player’s photo to view their game information, including their hometown, give them chips and send them a gift (generally this is a cartoon drink, like a cocktail, beer or softdrink). Players also have a chat bubble in which they can enter a comment. This may range from a simple “Hi” to another player’s message that his wife had died in a car accident and he was now looking for the “best lady in our planet”. If the viewed player is currently playing a game, players can select to join them at their table.

Some of the games are fairly straightforward to play, such as slots and roulette. Others are more complicated to play and place bets, such as blackjack and poker. Players earn points as they make bets in games, which accumulate to move them up levels. Players receive tickets when they move up levels and when they make a purchase. Tickets can be collected and used to play mini games, in which they have a chance to win extra chips or gold. 

Players may complete Challenges, such as changing their name, picture and status or adding a friend. Completing challenges earn XP points to help move players up a level.

In App purchasing

Yes- Players can purchase chips and gold for USD$0.99 to $99.99. Special deals may be offered, generally for a limited time period.

Online information

Players can connect to Facebook and invite friends. Players can earn extra chips by liking the game on Facebook. When the player logs into Facebook, the app receives the player’s public profile and friend list and would like to post to Facebook for the player. Players are able to view a Leaderboard for each of the game types. Players may receive friend requests from other players, who are not known to them, using a friend code generated by the system. Players may ignore such friend requests.

Gambling

This is a simulated casino, with many types of simulated gambling games. See Reviewer’s Comments for more detail.

Advertising and product placement

To earn free chips, players can complete various “offers”, such as playing other games (which include other simulated gambling games), complete surveys and purchase items such as clothing, accessories and magazine subscriptions.

Coarse language

Player status messages may sometimes have double meanings or be suggestive.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Simulated gambling app.

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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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.