Australian Council on Children and the Media

Safari Train for Toddlers - Yomio

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A simple game designed for young children to learn about African animals. Not recommended for children under 5 and parental guidance is recommended for ages 5-8 due to in-app purchasing.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Safari Train for Toddlers was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 18 June 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Safari Train for Toddlers
Developed by: Yomio
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 5 and under.
ACCM suggested age: Not recommended for children under 5, parental guidance is recommended for ages 5-8 due to in-app purchasing.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Safari Train for Toddlers contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

There are no levels in this game. Reviewer played all available content in the free version.

App description

The Safari Train for Toddlers app allows the player to interact with a train filled with animals such as such as a lion, giraffe, ostrich or snake, as it goes on a journey through the countryside. Players can hear the noises each animal makes as the train toots it’s horn or puts on it’s light. The free version comes with 2 carriages and an additional five carriages with animals can be purchased.  

Reviewers comments

This app allows players to learn about well known African animals including what they look like and the sounds they make.  By tapping on an animal, the player activates a short movement and sound from the animal. For example, the lion opens his mouth and roars or the giraffe munches on some leaves. The player is able to investigate the concept of cause and effect in a simple way. The animals are all depicted in a non-threatening manner. The graphics are sharp and clear and the warm, bright colours and simple format are targeted towards very young children. Due to accessibility of in-app purchasing for additional train carriages and animals; parental guidance is recommended for children aged 5 - 8 years.

In App purchasing

  • Five additional train carriages with animals can be purchased for $4.49.
  • The additional carriages are accessed by tapping a padlock on the darkened carriages connected to the two available carriages in the free version.
  • Users are required to answer an addition sum correctly which will direct them to the App store to purchase and a password is then required to progress further.
  • Whilst this addition sum uses larger numbers (such as 21+6), which is designed to be above the academic range of the suggested players, it is possible that a very young user could enter the correct numbers.

Online information

  • Credit card details – required to download the app from the app store.
  • Log ins – requires password to download the app from the app store and for in-app purchasing.

Gambling

No concerning game playing behaviour was observed during the review.

Advertising and product placement

No advertising or product placement was observed during the review.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

No gender stereotypes or sexual references were observed during the review.

Coarse language

None. 

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No concerning game playing behaviour was observed during the review.

Other

The app is designed for very young children therefore it is very simple, repetitive and contains limited interactivity, however due to the inclusion of in-app purchasing parental guidance is recommended for children 5 - 8 years old.

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