Australian Council on Children and the Media

Crime City - Funzio

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This is a crime based empire building game.

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Contains some elements of gambling

This review of Crime City was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 26 March 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Crime City
Developed by: Funzio
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play, Facebook
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 12+ Google Play store: Medium maturity
ACCM suggested age: Not suitable for children due to criminal behaviour
Gambling content advice: Contains some elements of gambling. This game may contain devices which mimic those found in a casino; but the player is not risking something of value to play. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Crime City contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Level 6

App description

This is a crime based empire building game.

Reviewers comments

Within this game, the player is encouraged to build a criminal empire. The game begins with a brief tutorial, in which the first task is to rob a mini-mart. Players receive an allocation of gold and quickly start earning cash. When the player completes assigned goals, they may receive a combination of cash, XP points, Respect and useful items such as guns and other weapons. Goals may include building and upgrading buildings in their own neighbourhood, attacking and robbing people and stores and “taking out” game characters.  Players may attack and/or rob other players, who they select from a list presented. If the player wins, they earn cash and XP points. If they lose, they lose cash and may be encouraged to buy more weapons. There is a store which stocks a selection of weapons including guns, armour and vehicles.  As the player has accumulates XP points for achieving goals, they move up levels, receiving various rewards, including cash, and unlocking additional areas and items for purchase. Players use up energy and stamina, which can be replenished after time or by using gold. Players are encouraged to recruit friends to from their mafia. They can create a syndicate or join an existing syndicate, which has been created by other players. If players recruit friends to join their mafia and reach level 3, they will receive rewards. Players may become eligible  to join in battle events.

In App purchasing

Yes: Players can purchase cash and gold for $5.99 up to $200.

Online information

Players can share their mafia code via Facebook, email and SMS. They may request to join syndicates which have been created by other players completely unknown to them. When players log into Facebook, the game collects their public profile and friend list.

Gambling

Players receive a daily free “Scratcher” – players can scratch and win a prize. More scratchers can be bought with gold.  Players may be able to build a casino at higher levels.

Advertising and product placement

To earn free gold, the player can watch a video, which is an ad – this may be for other games or products, such as beer. Players can earn gold by completing “offers”, such as downloading and playing other apps, which may include other games (including simulated gambling games), surveys and an app which suggested players could “browse images of beautiful women and live chat”.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

A Syndicate Goal is presented by a scantily dressed, tattooed female, who wields a pistol. Players can earn gold by completing downloading other apps, which include an app which suggested players could “browse images of beautiful women and live chat”.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Players are frequently set goals which involve criminal behaviour, such as attacking and mugging people (including an FBI agent), bribing, pick-pocketing, robbing stores and killing people. They are encouraged to create their own criminal empire and create a mafia. The game is promoted with the statement “Breaking the rules is way more fun than playing by them!” At one point, players are suggested to pawn the goods they stole the previous night.

Other

Violence and scary material: There is a lot of violence in this game. Player goals frequently include attacking, mugging and killing characters in the game, as well as other players. Players can win or purchase a variety of weapons. 

Use of substances: To earn free gold, the player can watch a video, which may include an ad for beer.

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Content is age appropriate for children this age

Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended

Content is not age appropriate for children this age

Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

Contains some elements of gambling. Some content is not recommended for minors. Parental guidance recommended

No gambling content found in the levels played

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