Australian Council on Children and the Media

Caillou Check Up: Doctor Visit - Budge Studios

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A fun, educational app introducing children to what happens at a regular doctor’s visit. Children can explore checking height, checking blood pressure etc. The game requires some basic motor skills. Instructions for the game are given verbally so no reading skills are required. Caution: parental lock is easily disabled by confident readers.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Caillou Check Up: Doctor Visit was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 1 May 2019.

About the app

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

Name of app: Caillou Check Up: Doctor Visit
Developed by: Budge Studios
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: The app is safe for children from 4 + and although there are in-app purchases, these are protected behind a parental lock.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Caillou Check Up: Doctor Visit contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All available features were considered in this review.

App description

Caillou Check Up: Doctor Visit is a very simple and basic educational game set in a Doctor's surgery with animated characters. Caillou (who is a well-loved Canadian television character that some children may be familiar with) is visiting the doctor with his family for a check-up and players must assist in common tasks such as measuring his height, checking his vision, or applying a bandage. Clear verbal instructions, combined with visual prompts (such as flashing objects), help to guide the child through a series of simple tasks. There are only three available tasks in the free version, and eleven in the paid version. The app does ask for permission to access the microphone, for example so the child can say ‘Ahhhh’. Although players cannot progress to the next task without the correct response, multiple attempts are allowed and when correct, balloon, streamers and stars appear and the voiceover gives encouragement, such as “Great Job!”, “You’re good at this!”.

Reviewers comments

Caillou Check Up: Doctor Visit provides basic learning opportunities related to body parts, their function and medical equipment (e.g., function of an ear, use of stethoscope). For very young children, who may have some anxiety about visiting a doctor’s surgery, this app could help familiarise them with some common practices at a doctor’s appointment in a fun and safe environment, helping them to feel more comfortable next time they visit the doctor. The free version only includes three tasks and it’s quite likely that many children would lose interest easily. The paid version includes a further eight task, which very young children may enjoy playing over and over, but older children may become disinterested. Parents should also be aware that the full paid version can be unlocked using a parental code – and for children who read this is very easy to access - so it’s advisable to restrict purchases on your device.

In App purchasing

There is In-App purchasing in this game, examples include:

  • Once off purchase of $7.99 to unlock all levels and option to removed advertisement. App purchase is behind the parental lock

Online information

There is some online information required to play this game.

  • It is not necessary to create an account or provide any personal details to play the game. However, upon passing the parental lock (easy to access for children with good reading skills) there are links to Facebook, YouTube and the developer’s website.  

Gambling

At the 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

There is some advertising in this game, including:

  • Infrequent pop up advertisement of similar games by the same developer
  • Can be turned off by purchasing the full version of the game.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • None noted.

Coarse language

  • None noted.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • None noted.

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