Australian Council on Children and the Media

Cooking Craze - Big Fish Games

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‘Cooking Craze’ is a speed game where players juggle cooking and serving food before the time runs out. Due to in app purchasing, online information, and advertising parental guidance is recommended for children aged 5-8 years.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Cooking Craze 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: Cooking Craze
Developed by: Big Fish Games
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Not suitable children under 5 years old; Parental guidance children aged 5-8; suitable for children aged 9+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Cooking Craze contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

90

App description

‘Cooking Craze’ is a speed based entertainment game where players juggle cooking and serving food before the time runs out. In each level players must either serve a certain amount of customers or earn a certain amount of money. Players must manage their time effectively as each food item takes a different length of time to cook. Players click on the food to cook and then serve it. Parental guidance is recommended for ages 5-8 due to in app purchasing, online information, and advertising.

Reviewers comments

In each level, the player must cook and serve the food before the restaurant closes or before the customers get angry and leave. The speed of the customers arrival and the complexity of the food orders increases. The player must reach certain goals: serve a specific number of customers and meals, earn a certain amount, or receive a number of ‘thumbs’ up. If the player fails the level, they lose a life. Each player gets 5 lives, which can be renewed over time or by buying more. This game is primarily for entertainment purposes and unlikely to offer educational benefits to children. However, some players may find the game helps with time management skills and an understanding of the cooking process.

In App purchasing

-    Players can buy spoons for real money.
-    Spoons can be used to buy more lives, power ups, more time, food and equipment.
-    Turning off the internet prevents in-app purchases.

Online information

  • Photo/Media/files
  • Wi-Fi connection information
  • Device Id & Call Information
  • Other: receive data from the internet.
  • Connectivity with social media

Note:

  • The player can connect with their Facebook. Doing this will give them extra money and spoons.
  • Once connected to Facebook, the player can request extra lives from friends and compare scores. 
  • The game can still be played without internet access. Turning off internet capabilities on your device will prevent social media networking, in app-purchases and advertisement

Gambling

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

Advertising and product placement

-    The game infrequently offers the option of watching an advertisement to earn extra in-game money.
-    The advertisements are full-screen, 30 second, un-skippable, videos of similar app games.
-    Turning off the internet will prevent these advertisements being shown.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

At the time of review, the reviewer found no gender stereotypes or sexual references. 

Coarse language

At the time of review, the reviewer found no coarse language. 

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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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