Australian Council on Children and the Media

Chichens - HyperBeard Games

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Chichens is a simple app with the aim to collect as many game characters as possible. Caution: Due to inappropriate advertising not suitable for children under 9 years of age.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Chichens was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 29 January 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: Chichens
Developed by: HyperBeard Games
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Not suitable for children under 9, parental guidance for children under 16.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Chichens contains the following information:

App description

"Chichens" are little fantasy characters that hatch out of eggs. The player starts with hatching one egg, and soon starts collecting and upgrading more characters. Each one is different in looks, moves, and overall characteristics. The aim of the game is to collect as many chichens as possible, grow and upgrade them, and fill all of seven available worlds with chichens. Every action, such as hatching, or feeding and growing chichens, is done by simply tapping the screen.

Reviewers comments

This app does not require the user to create an account or provide any personal information. No specific skills are needed as all that is required is tapping on the screen. The user is frequently encouraged to purchase in-app currency in order to unlock worlds, upgrade chichens weight and popularity status. The player also gets requests to watch ads for other apps in exchange for in-app currency. These ads contain links to the app store. Some advertised ads are not appropriate for a young audience as they contain violence or gambling content.

In App purchasing

In-app purchases include:

·         different packs of in-app currency ranging from $ 2.99 to $ 30.99.

·         various "special deals" ranging from $ 4.99 to $ 14.99

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content in the game itself but pop-up ads for other apps with gambling content.

Advertising and product placement

Other apps are advertised some of these are for shooting games.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None of concern.

Coarse language

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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