Australian Council on Children and the Media

Clock Hop - Gnarcade LLC

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Clock Hop is an endless game where the player advances through levels by ‘jumping’ their frog over spinning clock hands. Caution: Parental guidance for children 16 years and under due to online connectivity, and advertising for games and apps aimed at an older audience.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Clock Hop was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 23 October 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Clock Hop
Developed by: Gnarcade LLC
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Parental guidance for children 16 years and under due to online connectivity, and advertising for games and apps aimed at an older audience.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Clock Hop contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

The game was played for over an hour over several days.

App description

The player is required to direct the small green frog to ‘jump’ over the spinning hands of a clock designed to look like a lily pad. Successfully ‘jumping’ the hands as they spin, results in moving to the next level. Each level corresponds with the number of jumps needed to complete that level.

Reviewers comments

This app simply requires players to tap the frog to jump over the spinning hands of a clock to progress through levels – the higher the level the more jumps required. As the player moves through the levels the intricacy of the spinning increases, changing directions to try to heighten the difficulty level. The game requires quick reflexes and good timing to execute the jumps.

In App purchasing

None.

Online information

Credit card details – required to download the app from the app store

Cellular data settings

Log ins – requires password to download the app from the app store

Gambling

At time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.

Advertising and product placement

Ads for other games and apps appearing during game play included an option to purchase/download the game. If the game was a free version a password was not required to download it making it very easily accessible. Many of these games were rated at 16+.

Advertising content could be stopped by purchasing an ad free version for $2.99.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None of concern.

Coarse language

None noted.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

The app is an endless game meaning that new levels continually appear. This could result in play sessions continuing for extended periods of time as players keep hoping to reach the next level. Therefore it is recommended players have regular breaks. This could also be an opportunity to discuss appropriate time limits and the need for regular breaks during game play. 

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