Australian Council on Children and the Media

Love You To Bits - Alike Studio and Pati.io

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Love You to Bits is a quest game in which Kosmo has to travel the universe to find the body parts of his robot girlfriend Nova who was blown up by an invading spacecraft. Caution: online connectivity and mild violence.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Love You To Bits was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 27 February 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Love You To Bits
Developed by: Alike Studio and Pati.io
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 9+
ACCM suggested age: Not recommended under 9; Parental Guidance recommended to 9-12.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Love You To Bits contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Level 7

App description

Kosmo has to travel the universe to rebuild his robot girlfriend Nova. At each destination Kosmo has to undertake several tasks to find Nova’s body parts and other collectible items along the way. The player has to click on the screen to make Kosmo move but completing tasks is not often straightforward. The destinations include places such as ‘A Slimy Future’, ‘A Hero for all Seasons’ and ‘An Alien in the Playground’. In each case, Kosmo has to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles. Gross motor skills and good problem solving skills are needed to play this game.

 

Reviewers comments

Love You to Bits is a paid app therefore there are no in-app purchases or advertising during gameplay. Online connectivity is not required to play this game however, on the opening screen there are several buttons to connect the player to the App’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, a YouTube promotional video and access to the Game Centre. There is no function to turn these features off. In addition, the concept of the game is rather violent as Nova is blown up in the opening sequence and the aim of the game is to recover her body parts.

The app is quite simple to use but the levels grow in complexity and are quite difficult to navigate.

ACCM does not recommend this game to children under 9 and parental guidance and/or co-playing is recommended for 9 – 12 year olds.

In App purchasing

None

Online information

  • No personal details are required to download or play this app however there is the ability to connect to the app’s Facebook and Twitter pages, YouTube and the Game Centre.

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

None

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • At the beginning Kosmo picks a rose, which he offers to Nova. Having accepted the rose it’s assumed she’s now his girlfriend.
  • Nova, although a robot, has to be saved by Kosmo.

Coarse language

None

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • The whole concept of this game is based on the fact that Nova is blown to bits in the opening sequence by alien spacecraft. Also Kosmo is seen holding a drill to Nova’s head but it looks very much like a gun.

 

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