Australian Council on Children and the Media

Deal or no Deal - iwin, Inc.

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Deal or no Deal is a virtual version of the TV game show of the same name. Players must eliminate cases at random in an attempt to improve the deal offered by the bank. Gross motor skills are required to play. Caution: strong risk taking elements and saturated gambling advertising, in-app purchases and online interactivity. Not recommend for children under 18.

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Contains some elements of gambling

This review of Deal or no Deal was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 26 February 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Deal or no Deal
Developed by: iwin, Inc.
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 12+
ACCM suggested age: Not recommended under 18 due to strong risk taking elements and saturated gambling advertising.
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 Deal or no Deal contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Level 5

App description

Deal or no Deal is a risk taking, guessing game which offers the player a chance to win one million (virtual) dollars. Players are presented with 26 cases of hidden varying dollar amounts. The player must choose one case to keep – unless they choose to sell it back to the banker. From there, players must choose cases at random in the hope of unveiling cases with low dollar amounts. At the end of each round, the more cases chosen with the least amount of dollar values will increase the dollar amount offer made to you by the bank. Players can either accept the deal or continue playing.  At the end of the game, the dollar amount won counts as your score. Tokens can also be earned to buy special power chips. These can do things such as increase your next offer by 10% or add $25,000 to your final case. 

The aim of the game is to make the highest possible deal or to be lucky enough to eliminate all other cases to be left with the million dollar case. You can also play in tournaments against other online players. In these games, the person who made the highest deal wins the tournament and is awarded with tokens for first and second place (in a game with three players).

Gross motor skills are required to play. Those with an appropriate understanding of random chance and probability may be better players. However, due to strong risk taking themes and saturated gambling advertising, this game is not recommend for children under 18.

Reviewers comments

This game consistently encourages risk taking. Although many children may understand that the money and tokens are not real, some may get a good feeling by taking a risk that pays off. This could be habit forming for some and may generalise to real life situations for others. Quite commonly, a higher dollar amount is offered by the bank near the start of the game as not many cases have been eliminated at this stage. However, as higher cases get eliminated, the offer from the bank decreases quite substantially. Due to this, it may be disappointing for some to have denied a previous good offer, and hence may take worse risks as the game progresses in the hope of recovering what could have been a good deal. Furthermore, those with a low understanding of probability may falsely believe that chances can only improve following bad luck (which often is not the case – as with a coin that has been tossed landing on tails 5 times in a row still has a 50/50 chance of landing on tails the 6th time). This game isn’t quite as random as that though, and providing the player with the choice of which case to pick may provide the illusion that there is more skill involved in winning than there actually is.

This game encourages Facebook connectivity and watching ads for other gambling related games.

In App purchasing

  • You can pay $2.99 for no ads.

 

  • Tokens can also be purchased:
    • 1,500 Tokens - $1.99
    • 9,000 Tokens - $9.99
    • 50,000 Tokens - $19.99
  • You can also earn tokens for free by watching ads and completing online offers from various advertisers.

Online information

Online information required to download, play or interact with the app includes:

  • Receiving data from the Internet
  • Connectivity with social media

Gambling

This game is strong in gambling themes. The whole game consists of risk taking and most of the advertising is gambling related.

Advertising and product placement

This game has one of the highest amounts of advertising encountered by this reviewer in an app. Ads will pop up often and at random. Most of these are for other games featuring gambling, including slot machines. This game also has a feature where, if you open the one million dollar case too early, it will give you an option to watch a video to put the case back into the game (see below). These videos are most often ads for slot machine games.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • Some parents may have concerns about the models which appear alongside every case. Although the models are computer generated, they are wearing short, tight dresses which reveal a lot of cleavage.

Coarse language

None noted.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

This game consistently encourages risk taking. Although many children may understand that the money and tokens are not real, some may get a good feeling by taking a risk that pays off. This could be habit forming for some and may generalise to real life situations for others.

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