- Movie Reviews
- App Reviews
- Top Tips
- Take Action
Blek is a creative strategy swipe-based game involving visual skills and problem solving.
No gambling content found in the levels played
This review of Blek was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 23 June 2014.
This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.
|Name of app:||Blek|
|Platform reviewed:||Apple App Store, Google Play|
|ACCM suggested age:||4+|
|Gambling content advice:||No gambling content found in the levels played|
This review of Blek contains the following information:
This review focuses on levels 1-20.
Blek is a creative swipe-based game that enables players to test their brain and utilise their creativity. The objective of the game is to create a line that collects all of the colours dots, whilst avoiding the black and white ones. The skills needed to play include spatial/visual, hand-eye coordination, as well as strategy and problem solving skills.
At the beginning of the app, a full-screen video pop-up advertisement appears randomly – it advertises a range of external games. Once the video finishes playing, it is followed by a still-screen pop-up which contains links to the Play Store where other apps may be purchased – this must be manually closed. The advertisements are for fantasy games, simulated gambling games such as ‘My Vegas’, and a range of others. Players may also elect to skip a level within the game, but as a result, they must watch a 30 second video advertisement.
When the app is initially opened, players are instructed to swipe across the screen. There is a large white circle on the left-hand side, and a small blue dot on the right. This transforms into two blue dots, and players must swipe a black line across the screen so that it hits both of the dots. As the levels progress, more dots are involved and all of them must be hit in order to complete the level. However, players may swipe in straight lines, curved lines, or lines of any shape that may be repeated – and these will rebound off the edges of the screen’s device if they reach it, meaning that it can be quite challenging to hit all of the dots when there are obstacles (in the form of white dots of varying sizes) in the way. Players may use the existing white or black dot obstacles to help mentally formulate the line pattern they wish to draw, which will enable them to hit all of the coloured dots and none of the obstacles.
Players may use the arrows along the bottom of the screen to move backwards and redo a previous level, or move forwards into currently unlocked levels. They may also use the small circle icon near the bottom of the screen to reset a level. Players may utilize as many attempts at a specific level as they wish.
The app does not appear to pose any risk to players, but rather, it encourages players to utilise problem solving skills and spatial/visual reasoning in order to complete the challenging levels. In this sense, it may be quite educational.
The app opens with a full-screen video pop-up advertisement – it advertises a range of external games. Once the video finishes playing, it is followed by a still-screen pop-up which contains links to the Play Store where other apps may be purchased – this must be manually closed. The advertisements are for fantasy games, simulated gambling games such as ‘My Vegas’, and a range of others. Players may also elect to skip a level within the game, but as a result, they must watch a 30 second video advertisement of other external apps.
No gambling content was found during the review.
No game playing behaviours which may be of concern to parents were found during the review.
You can contact us if you have suggestions of children's apps that we can check for tracking data.
Tip: Leave out the first A, An or The
Selecting an age will provide a list of apps with content suitable for this age group. Children may also enjoy apps selected via a lower age.
Top 50 Children's Android Apps in Australia - AppCensus Privacy Check. See full details on the Apps can Trap page
Content is age appropriate for children this age
Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended
Content is not age appropriate for children this age
These icons signal the use and/or transmission of your personal data. (Please note, not all apps on our website have been checked)
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. These icons signal simulated gambling activity and where none was noted.
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
Children and Media Australia (CMA) is a registered business name of the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM).
CMA provides reviews, research and advocacy to help children thrive in a digital world.
ACCM is national, not-for-profit and reliant on community support. You can help.