Australian Council on Children and the Media

Crash Club - Drive & Smash Live - Prettygreat Pty. Ltd.

app image

Short takes

Crash Club is a car derby game set in a city environment. Fine motor skills and quick reaction time needed to play. Caution: not suitable for children under 13 due to gambling elements and social media connectivity. Parental guidance for children 13 – 15.

Age
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15

No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Crash Club - Drive & Smash Live was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 23 July 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Crash Club - Drive & Smash Live
Developed by: Prettygreat Pty. Ltd.
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 9+
ACCM suggested age: Not suitable for children under 13. Parental guidance for children 13 – 15.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Crash Club - Drive & Smash Live contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Level 10

App description

In this game, players must survive as long as they can whilst driving around a city with other multiple players. This is achieved by attacking other players with weaponry (attached to the top of the vehicle) and avoiding other players that are attempting to destroy you. Various currencies can be earned during the course of the game including Tokens (which can be used to repair your vehicle and attach weapons), Gems (which can be used to unlock further features such as new vehicles and upgrades for current vehicles) and coins which can also be used to unlock upgrades such as decals and wheels. The aim of the game is to survive as long as possible and to gain the highest standing on the current player leader board.

Driving is achieved by swiping left and right, whilst the vehicle moves forward automatically. Swiping backward stops the vehicle and swiping forward activates the turbo function for a short period of time (if you currently have the turbo function). These movements aren’t always easy to execute, especially when trying to drive between close buildings and turning in a tight circles – thus fine motor skills will be required. Also, fast reaction time will be a beneficial skill to get away from sudden attacks – which often occur from outside of the player’s current view of the playing field.

Reviewers comments

As indicated above, game-play can be quite frustrating at times – particularly with manoeuvring the vehicle and being attacked from outside of you current field of vision. Survival in this game is very dependent on currency – as tokens are needed for weapons and repairs, but these are not always readily available within the game and can only be found by crashing into random objects (such as tress and bus stops, etc.).

At the end of each game, the app offers players to double, triple and quadruple the coins that they earned by watching ads.  These ads mostly featured war style games and sometimes feature gambling. The most concerning feature however, is the free spin offered every 6 hours. This emphasises risk for reward as the player has a choice between taking an initial offer of 2 gems – or spinning the wheel at a chance for something better. Whilst it would appear that worse and better prizes were equally distributed on the wheel, the reviewer only spun 1 prize that was better than the original offer of 2 gems (in a series of about 10 spins). This type of feature is not suitable for children under 13, and it is suggested that parents exercise guidance for older children.

In App purchasing

Gems

10 Gems - $1.49

70 Gems - $7.99

300 Gems - $30.99

800 Gems - $79.99

VIP access (60% discount on all cars) - $8.49 per month.

Online information

  • Log ins
  • Social media connectivity

 

Gambling

This game features risk for reward elements by spinning a wheel to see if you obtain a greater prize than the original offer. There are also ads featuring gambling game apps.

Advertising and product placement

Watching ads earns coins. Ads often feature war style games and some feature gambling elements.

 

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

See reviewer’s comments.

Other

None. 

Get involved

Provide your own review of this app here.

Have you found something of interest in this app that we haven't? Share your thoughts here.

Couldn't find the app you were looking for? Suggest an app to review, or provide your own public app review.

App Review Search

Title:

Tip: Leave out the first A, An or The

Alphabetical:

Age suitability:

Selecting an age will provide a list of apps with content suitable for this age group. Children may also enjoy apps selected via a lower age.

Platform:

Apple App Store img Google Play img Facebook img

Date added:

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

About games and gambling

Most games contain elements of risk, chance and knowledge, that is why they are fun to play. There is growing concern about the impacts of simulated gambling games on the health and wellbeing of children. That's why we are identifying games that contain gambling elements on our site.

The State Government of South Australia's web site http://nogame.com.au/ contains information about these concerns.