Australian Council on Children and the Media

Chores! – Spring into cleaning - Lion Studios

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This app is a home cleaning for pocket money game. Most kids will be able to navigate this game quickly. Not suitable under 5; parental guidance to 12 (saturated advertising and social media connectivity)

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Chores! – Spring into cleaning was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 20 April 2020.

About the app

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

Name of app: Chores! – Spring into cleaning
Developed by: Lion Studios
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Not suitable for children under 5; parental guidance recommended for ages 5-12 due to saturated advertising and connection to social media.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Chores! – Spring into cleaning contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Played for several hours.

App description

Chores! – Spring into Cleaning, is a game where players negotiate earning money from a primary caregiver in exchange for doing household chores. These chores include: walking the dog, cleaning furniture, vacuuming the carpet, mopping the floor, raking the leaves, etc. With most chores, cleaning involves swiping the screen in a figure eight motion. The chore is complete when the ‘chore meter’ shows 100%. Players can stop at 80% for 100 coins or 100% for 300 coins. The aim of the game is to use the coins to upgrade your bedroom with new furniture and decorations. There is also a hygiene section where players must clean themselves after chores – which shows the correct way to wash your hands (a timely feature in COVID-19 times).

Reviewers comments

The level of advertising in this game may concern some parents. There’s almost a 30 second game app ad between every screen transition. There are also a lot of opportunities to earn rewards for electing to watch the ads. Once a chore is complete, the game will indicate that you’ve earned (for example) $1100. A box will then appear and offer to triple the amount if you press the button (which only shows a small box with an arrow or “play” symbol – hence it may not be clear on first press that this leads to a 30 second ad). Above this box shows a speech bubble saying: “Please Mom?” The process of negotiating with Mom for more (and receiving triple the amount in the game) may be impressionable on young minds. The game also allows players to remove ads for $4.49. However, it only removes the automatic ads between screen transitions – the option to earn more coins for watching ads still remains in the game. Lastly, the app easily connects with Twitter, Instagram and Facebook through the settings icon.

In App purchasing

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

  • Players can remove automatic ads for $4.49.

Online information

There is no online information required to play this game.

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 advertising in this game, including:

  • 30 second clip ads for other game apps.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

You can switch between ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ at any time during the game.

Coarse language

None noted.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Please see reviewer’s comments above.

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