Australian Council on Children and the Media

Shuffle Cats - King.com

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Shuffle Cats is a card game app that teaches you to play Rummy. The app is set in a 1920’s style casino with cats. Caution: simulated gambling, online interactivity and in-app purchases.

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Simulated casino style gambling

This review of Shuffle Cats was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 23 March 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Shuffle Cats
Developed by: King.com
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play: General; ITunes: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Not recommended for children under 18 due to simulated gambling, online interactivity and in-app purchases.
Gambling content advice: Simulated casino style gambling. Player is risking money or something of value on an outcome of an event involving chance when the probability of winning or losing is less than certain. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Shuffle Cats contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All 14 levels were played.

App description

Shuffle Cats is a card game app where players learn how to play ‘Rummy’ and then play against players from around the world in various casino environments. A cat named Montie explains how to play. There are 14 tutorial levels before you can play against other players at ‘Lucky Lane’. ‘Lucky Lane’ has a variety of different casinos where the player can play Rummy.

 Each casino offers the player a different prize amount. The player can buy items, which give them more points in the game.

Reviewers comments

This app can only be played online and there is no option to turn off the chat function. The player can also connect with Facebook to play against and chat with their friends.

Due to the nature of this app, ACCM does not recommend it for children under 18.

In App purchasing

  •  The player can buy more Gems or Gold Bars for real money. Prices can vary from $0.99 to $150.
  • Players use gold bars and gems in the game to play games, buy chat packs, and buy items.

Online information

Online information or personal details required to download, play or interact with the app includes:

  • Logins
  • Location
  • Access to photos/media/files
  • WiFi connection information
  • Social Media connectivity
  • The game can only be played with an internet connection. 
  • This game is an online multiplayer game where players play against people from around the world. The player is randomly matched with another person.
  • During the game there is a simple chat function, which allows the player to talk to the other person. However, the chat is restricted to four phrases.
  • The player can connect to Facebook. This allows them to play against their friends. They can also chat with their friends and send them in game currency and gifts.
  • The player can also sign-up or log-in to ‘King Cards’ own game system
  • The player can include a photo of themselves or use an in-game icon.
  • The app uses the device’s location to display a flag from whatever country you are from.

 

Gambling

  • The player plays cards in various casinos. Each casino has a different in game currency prize if you win the card game.
  • The game also includes casino style chance based mini-games where the player is given a stack of cards and they have to guess its suit or colour. Each correct guess moves them up the prize ladder. If they have three incorrect guesses they lose their in-game money. Every 24 hours the player can play this mini game for free but additional plays cost the player 2 gold bars.

Advertising and product placement

  • Occasionally pop-up advertisements appear. These advertisements are for games by the same developer.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • None found

Coarse language

  • None found

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • The online nature of this app and the gambling for actual money would be of concern to parents.

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Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended

Content is not age appropriate for children this age

Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

Contains some elements of gambling. Some content is not recommended for minors. Parental guidance recommended

No gambling content found in the levels played

About games and gambling

Most games contain elements of risk, chance and knowledge, that is why they are fun to play. There is growing concern about the impacts of simulated gambling games on the health and wellbeing of children. That's why we are identifying games that contain gambling elements on our site.

The State Government of South Australia's web site http://nogame.com.au/ contains information about these concerns.