Australian Council on Children and the Media

Tony the Truck and Construction Vehicles - Yomio.

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A simple game designed for young children to interact with dump trucks and construction vehicles. Caution: Not recommended for children under 5, 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 Tony the Truck and Construction Vehicles was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 21 May 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Tony the Truck and Construction Vehicles
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 Tony the Truck and Construction Vehicles contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

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

App description

Tony the Truck and Construction Vehicles gives the player the ability to control a dump truck and a digger on a construction site and in a natural environment. The player is also able to interact with and affect changes to a small number of environmental objects including clouds, trees, fruit and the sun. The free version comes with two vehicles and screens and an additional four vehicles and screens can be purchased.

Reviewers comments

This app allows players to engage in short construction tasks such as digging, loading and tipping dirt as well as moving machinery around. By tapping the screen once, the player activates the digger to dig up dirt and load it into the dump truck or have the dump truck drive away and tip out its load. There are no instructions supplied, players need to explore the app by randomly tapping to find out what it can do. The basic graphics, bright primary colours and simple format appear to be targeted towards very young children but due to accessibility of in-app purchasing of additional vehicles and background screens parental guidance is recommended for children aged 5 - 8 years.

In App purchasing

  • 4 additional background screens with vehicles can be purchased for $4.49.
  • These are accessed via a drop-down screen that appears by tapping on a small vehicle in the left top corner during game play.
  • 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 5+36), 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.
  • There appears to be a problem with the in-app purchasing within the game. When it was purchased the amount was deducted from the reviewer’s credit card and the additional content was available. After playing with one of the purchased vehicles and backgrounds all additional content disappeared and was no longer available.

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

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

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

No coarse language was observed during the review only machinery noises and sound effects could be heard.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No concerning game playing behaviour was observed during the review.

Other

None. 

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