An educational app, allowing the user to move around the globe and zoom in to explore facts. Recommended for ages 9 and over with parental guidance 9-11 due to in-app purchasing.
Contains some elements of gambling
This review of Barefoot World Atlas was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 8 August 2019.
This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.
|Name of app:||Barefoot World Atlas|
|Developed by:||Barefoot Books Inc.|
|Platform reviewed:||Apple App Store|
|Developer’s suggested age:||4+, made for ages 9-11|
|ACCM suggested age:||Suitable for ages 9+, however parental guidance recommended 9-11 due to in-app purchasing. In-app purchases are behind a parent lock and then App Store security. This app can be used offline once downloaded.|
|Gambling content advice:||Contains some elements of gambling. This game may contain devices which mimic those found in a casino; but the player is not risking something of value to play. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details|
This review of Barefoot World Atlas contains the following information:
The app was explored for several hours.
Barefoot World Atlas is an educational app, allowing the user to easily navigate around the globe and zoom in to explore facts, with optional narration. The Globe and its features are illustrated with an interesting, changing soundtrack and once selected each feature has a corresponding photograph and sound effect. Alternatively, the menu may be used for selection, divided into Regions, Countries, Features and 5 other categories that are introductions to additional packs. Each Region is further subdivided to provide information about terrain, weather, resources, sustainability, animal/marine life and transport. Each Country has a paragraph of information, Map, Flag, current time, Capital City, statistics for Land Area, Population, Highest point, Currency, transport per 1000 People and Average CO2 Emissions. There are also 'search' and 'favourites' options.
The globe and features are brightly illustrated with a changing soundtrack, sound effects and supporting photos. The Country list is comprehensive. Narration is optional, selected by a speaker button. The features presented are varied; from industry, buildings of interest, historical buildings, explorers to fruits, animal life, and much more. In addition, the app presents a sustainability element, offering information about CO2 emissions and resources, etc.
Of concern are the following elements:
There is In-app purchasing in this game, examples include:
There is no online information required to play this game.
There are some gambling elements in this game, for example:
There is advertising in this game, including:
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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
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