Australian Council on Children and the Media

Ninja Samurai Power Charge – Megaforce Troopers - Aaron Co.

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Ninja-samurai-power-charge-megaforce-troopers is a continuous runner game where players must jump on-coming objects. Gross motor skills and fast reaction times required to play. Caution: heavy advertising throughout, including links to gambling websites and apps. Not recommended for children under 16.

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Contains some elements of gambling

This review of Ninja Samurai Power Charge – Megaforce Troopers was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 14 May 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Ninja Samurai Power Charge – Megaforce Troopers
Developed by: Aaron Co.
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 16 – 17 with parental guidance due to frequent links to gambling websites.
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 Ninja Samurai Power Charge – Megaforce Troopers contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Played for 1 hour.

App description

Game play begins by featuring a ninja (very similar in look to The Power Rangers), who is continually moving to the right of screen. Players must tap (and hold) the screen to jump over on-coming objects. The aim is to get as far as you can without hitting an object and hence ending your run. Distance is rewarded with gold coins which can be used to buy features within the game (such as other characters). Simple gross motor and fast reaction times required to avoid fast moving objects.

Reviewers comments

This game seems like it would appeal to the age demographic that the developers are aiming at (rated 4+); all that is required to play is to press once anywhere on the screen to perform the character’s only manoeuvre (jumping). However, the reviewer found avoiding many objects quite difficult and was not able to play the game successfully for a reasonable amount of time.

The response time between tapping the screen and the ninja actually jumping is quite sluggish and it’s difficult to judge the time you need to hold the tap in order to maintain a longer jump. It is anticipated that many children may become frustrated by this and hence may not persist with it for very long.

Children may also become frustrated with the high frequency of advertising (which cannot be avoided unless you pay $4.99) and is often not appropriate for children under 16 (see picture below).

In App purchasing

Ads can be removed for $4.99

  • 10,000 Coins = $0.99
  • 25,000 Coins = $3.99
  • 60,000 Coins = $4.99
  • 200,000 Coins = $8.99
  • 600,000 Coins = $9.99
  • 2 Million Coins = $28.99
  • Double Coins = $11.99

Some pop-up ads for coins warn the player to take advantage of the offer as it won’t appear again. The current reviewer came across an offer (pictured below) which many parents may not approve of as it could be interpreted as coercive.

Online information

  • Connectivity with social media

Gambling

There are frequent links and advertising for gambling websites and apps.

Advertising and product placement

There is heavy advertising through this game. An ad appears every time your ninja gets hit by an object, ending the game. Most ads are for other apps – many are for gambling apps and links to gambling websites.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None. 

Coarse language

There was no inappropriate language. However, the game often mocks the player when you crash.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None noted.

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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