Australian Council on Children and the Media

Cookies Cat Blast - Tactile Games ApS

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This is a puzzle matching game where the player taps on tiles of the same colour in order to collect them. Caution: The app contains ads for related games, in-app purchases and social media connectivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Cookies Cat Blast was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 6 September 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: Cookies Cat Blast
Developed by: Tactile Games ApS
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Not suitable for children under 5 and parental guidance is recommended for children under 13 due to ads, in-app purchases and social media connectivity.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Cookies Cat Blast contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

A representative amount of levels was played to complete this review.

App description

This tap and go matching game is themed around pet cats and dogs that want to be fed treats. This can be achieved by tapping on groups of the same-coloured tiles. Tapping on large clusters of tiles is rewarded with more points and boosters. In each level, a specific task has to be fulfilled within a certain amount of moves, otherwise a life is lost.

Reviewers comments

The game has a clear entertainment rather than educational or learning focus – some fine motor skills are required and strategic thinking helps to collect more points and reach the level's goal within fewer moves. Actual game play is free of ads. The player can opt to watch an ad to be rewarded with an extra life. There is a section that advertises related apps – clicking on an icon leads to the app store. The app contains a shop to purchase in-game currency, which can be exchanged for extra lives and moves. Clicking on a product leads to the app store where one click confirms the purchase. Parents are therefore advised to disable in-app purchases in the device settings to avoid unauthorised purchases.

In App purchasing

In-app purchases include various packages of in-game currency ranging from $1.99 to 159.99.

Online information

The app does not require the user to create an account or to provide any personal information. However, the player is encouraged to connect with other players on Facebook in order to share game progress and to exchange lives. This requires creating or logging into an existing Facebook account.

Gambling

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

Advertising and product placement

The app contains ads for related apps as well as commercials from external companies.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None.

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About our colour guide

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

Gambling content advice

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

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