Australian Council on Children and the Media

Puffin Rock Music - Penguin Books

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This music making app for young children features characters from the show Puffin Rock. Kids can create their own songs by dragging and dropping characters onto stages in two scenes. Suitable for children aged 4+ with parental guidance.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Puffin Rock Music was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 2 May 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Puffin Rock Music
Developed by: Penguin Books
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 4+ with parental guidance
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Puffin Rock Music contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All levels played.

App description

This music making app allows kids to create their own songs by dragging and dropping characters from the Puffin Rock show to perform on stage. Kids can record their song by tapping on the microphone and then share it on various social media platforms.

Reviewers comments

This music making app allows children to tap on familiar characters from Puffin Rock TV show to animate them into movement and song. Puffin Rock is set on a fictional island on the Irish coast and the story follows a young puffin named Oona and her little brother Baba as they explore their world. Children familiar with the TV show may find this app visually appealing; however younger children may become frustrated with the time it takes to load screens and save created songs.

The Puffin Rock show is seen in Australia on both ABC for Kids and Netflix. The natural imagery (associated with the TV show) and understated soothing music may appeal to young children (with sensory sensitivities) who may find other music apps too stimulating. However, the limited scenes and functionality may mean kids are quickly bored. Each character offers a different sound in the song and each can be animated by touching them. Characters can also dance, fly and giggle when touched. Parental co-play is recommended as parents can discuss how each character makes a different sound or has a different voice but that each of them contributes to the harmony. Parental guidance is also recommended as the original song can be shared by email, on Facebook and WhatsApp by entering a three-digit code, which is relatively easy to achieve through trial and error.

  

 

In App purchasing

None.

Online information

  • Identity Details
  • Photo/Media/files
  • Microphone
  • Wi-Fi connection information
  • Connectivity with social media

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

Two media companies responsible for Puffin Rock, Penguin books and a game company are briefly advertised on the homepage as the app opens.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

No stereotypes present.

Coarse language

No coarse language.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None. 

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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