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Cabela’s Big Game Hunter - Activision Publishing Inc.

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A first person shooter animal hunting game.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Cabela’s Big Game Hunter was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 6 May 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Cabela’s Big Game Hunter
Developed by: Activision Publishing Inc.
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 17+, Google Play Store: Low Maturity
ACCM suggested age: 18+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Cabela’s Big Game Hunter contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Level 4

App description

Cabela’s Big Game Hunter is a game where the player is placed in different hunting scenarios where they must hunt and kill animals for rewards.  

Reviewers comments

The aim of Cabela’s Big Game Hunter is to hunt and kill animals. The controls for this game are tapping arrows which allow you to move left or right, swiping the screen to aim your weapon, double tap to zoom and single tap to fire. The player is a male hunter and you begin your hunt in North West America. Each level of the game is set in a different part of America and you are required to kill a different animal in each level (see Violence for more detail).

At the beginning of each stage of the game you are shown a description of the level which explains what animal you must kill, what rewards you will receive if you complete the task, what prizes you could collect if you complete the task in a certain time frame and how much energy it will consume. The usual rewards are game money, experience points or gold bars. With money and gold bars the player can buy more weapons or various upgrade items at the store (see In App Purchasing for more detail). Each kill will drain a certain amount of energy from your energy bar. Resting will refill the bar as well as buying an energy refill from the store. While the app loads each level it provides the player with tips on how best to kill certain animals.

Some levels of the game are classified as ‘dangerous hunts’. This is when an animal, such as a black bear, starts attacking you and you must dodge the attacks while also trying to kill the animal.

In App purchasing

The player can buy gold bars or game money for real money. Gold bars range from 200 for $2.49 to 20,000 for $129.99. Game money ranges from 2000 for $2.49 to 200,000 for $129.99. The player can use game money or gold bars to buy more weapons, abilities and other upgrades.

Online information

The game has an option to connect to Facebook. After you complete challenges, the app asks you if you would like to share your achievements on Facebook. However, the app also gives you the option to disable online sharing.

Gambling

No gambling content found in the levels reviewed.

Advertising and product placement

There is some product placement and advertisements in this app for the other versions of Cabela’s Big Game Hunter.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

The game play that may be concerning to parents is that much of the hunting involving killing docile animals. Once you have killed a docile animal you are reward for this with extra points. This game desensitises children to violence and also promotes killing of endangered animals.

Other

Violence and Scary Material: This game contains frequent, intense and realistic violence. The aim of the game is for the player to kill animals. Their deaths are very realistic and quite shocking. After you fire your shot, the app shows an up close and slow motion death of the animal, including graphic blood spurts. The game also promotes the use of gun and other dangerous weapons. For the ‘dangerous hunt’ levels, the attacks from the animals can be very scary for children.

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