Australian Council on Children and the Media

Genies & Gems - Jam City, Inc.

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Genies & Gems is an Aladdin - themed puzzle matching game. The task is to match various coloured gems to move the character Trix the Fox along the game board and to collect treasures. Caution: in-app purchases and online interactivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Genies & Gems was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 16 March 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Genies & Gems
Developed by: Jam City, Inc.
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Not recommended for ages 4 - 8 and parental guidance recommended for ages 9 - 12 due to frequent encouragement for in-app purchases as well as online interactivity
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Genies & Gems contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

25 levels were played.

App description

In this puzzle game the player needs to shift and match different coloured gems in order to collect points and treasures, to create special game booster gems, and to make the game character Trix the Fox move forward toward a treasure box. In each level the goal has to be reached within a certain amount of moves, otherwise a life is lost.

Reviewers comments

Strategic thinking helps to collect more points and reach the level's goal within fewer moves. When all lives are used up, the app repeatedly urges the player to either receive lives by connecting with Facebook, or to make in-app purchases to receive more lives straight away. Alternatively, the player needs to wait for a certain amount of time for lives to refill. There are frequent pop-up ads promoting in-app purchases (often using incentives like discounts, special offers), related apps and connecting to Facebook, which need to be declined and closed manually. The game is therefore not considered suitable for young children and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 9-12.

In App purchasing

  • Different packages containing the in-app currency (a certain amount of coins converts to a life) and special game tools can be purchased, ranging from $ 1.49 to $ 159.99 per item.

Online information

  • It is not necessary to create a user account or to provide any personal details. However, the app frequently encourages the player to invite Facebook friends, share game progress on Facebook and to request and send lives from and to Facebook friends.

Gambling

At time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

  • Related apps are promoted through pop-up apps and clickable icons.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • This app does not contain gender stereotypes or sexual references.

Coarse language

  • The app does not contain any coarse language.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • The app did not require any game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents.

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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

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