Australian Council on Children and the Media

Star Wars Puzzle Droids - Disney

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Star Wars Puzzle Droids is a match-three puzzle game similar to Candy Crush. Fine motor and puzzle solving skills required to play. ACCM recommends parental guidance for children aged 4 – 8 due to in-app purchasing.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Star Wars Puzzle Droids was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 1 January 1970.

About the app

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

Name of app: Star Wars Puzzle Droids
Developed by: Disney
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Parental guidance for children aged 4 – 8.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Star Wars Puzzle Droids contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Level 101.

App description

This game is based on events that take place in the latest movie instalment of Star Wars: “The Force Awakens”. The game depicts the icons/tiles that need to be matched in the game as the droid: BB-8’s electrical circuits. Matching the tiles is seen as unscrambling BB-8’s circuits and hence restoring his memory of the events that take place in the movie. Gems and Memory Discs are earned by completing levels. These can be used to unlock further levels or purchase special move items which help you to complete challenging levels (e.g. BB-8’s torch will clear up to 5 connected circuits in one move).

Reviewers comments

Most children would be able to play this game as it is not too difficult to match three identical tiles. However, as the tiles above fall down to take place of tiles below, some strategic planning is required – particularly for harder levels. Some children may become frustrated with harder levels and hence be more inclined to use their special moves to progress further (and unlock their favourite scenes from the movie, which they may know are coming next). The problem with using your special moves is that there are a limited number of them and they can only be obtained by spending your gems. As it takes a long time to earn gems, the next step is to buy them with real money. To put this into perspective, the current reviewer only completed 42% of one area, and only has 30 gems left. To buy 1 special move (e.g. BB-8’s Torch) you would need 110 gems. The concern here is that if children recommence playing this app on their parent's device (and their parent made an iTunes purchase less than 15 minutes beforehand), then making a further purchase may not require entering the password again (for more information on password settings for iTunes, click here: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT204030). Seeing as the highest purchase on this game is $119.00, some parents may need to be aware of their password settings. Other than in-app purchasing, the reviewer found no other real concerns with the app.

In App purchasing

  • Handful of Gems (100) - $1.49
  • Pouch of Gems (500) - $7.99
  • Satchel of Gems (1000) - $13.99
  • Stash of Gems (2550) - $32.99
  • Crate of Gems (5050) - $62.99
  • Bounty of Gems (10,000) - $119.99

Online information

None.

Gambling

None.

Advertising and product placement

None.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

See reviewer’s comments.

 

Other

None. 

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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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