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Crayola Color Alive - DAQRI

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Crayola Color alive is an app based on colouring in. Caution: In app purchases

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Crayola Color Alive was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 22 February 2016.

About the app

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

Name of app: Crayola Color Alive
Developed by: DAQRI
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: 3+, iTunes Store: 4+.
ACCM suggested age: 4+ with supervision; 13+ due to app purchases
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Crayola Color Alive contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This app was reviewed for approximately 1 hour

App description

Crayola Color Alive is an app based on colouring-in and creativity. The objective of the app is to print out various colouring-in pages, decorate these pages with colour and then scan the images in – the app then allows players to interact with the coloured characters in a 4-dimensional space. The skills involved in playing this app include colouring and motor skills.

Reviewers comments

When the app is opened, players are brought to a menu screen and offered the choice of either clicking on ‘Lets get started! I have a coloring book’ or ‘I need pages, I don’t have a coloring book’. If players select the latter option, they are given the choice of printing some free pages, or printing later and simply choosing a free character (e.g. Dragon, Barbie, Forest Fairy or Chop Chop from the Skylanders series) to work with initially. Their character then moves around the screen in different poses, and players can choose to snap a photo whenever they please. If players select that they already have a colouring book (or where they opt to print out a colouring page using a wirelessly connected printer), they must use their phone’s camera to scan and upload a page to work with.

Players are able to use Crayola colouring pencils (or any colouring pencils) in order to colour-in their pages. Once this is done, players can photograph them and upload them to the app. After this, they can tap on the ‘4D Play’ button to see their characters in 4-dimensional space – players can move their device around and watch as their coloured-in character moves around the screen. They are able to press a ‘Special Effect’ button as well, that adds additional features to the screen and brings their drawing to life even more vividly. Players are able to view their character from all sides by moving their device around.

When players click on the home button, they are occasionally shown advertisements for additional colouring-in pages that can be purchased for real-life currency. These are presented as packages costing $2.44-$2.75, and include pages such as 2-8 or 9-16 from selected colouring books. Players must enter their date of birth in order to confirm their age, and therefore be able to make in-game purchases (players must be at least 13 years of age to make purchases). The app only works with Crayola Color Alive Action Coloring Pages.

The app is somewhat confusing to utilise, and frequently encourages users to spend real-life money by presenting them with colouring options which require payment. However, the app does not appear to pose any overt risks to users, and allows children to engage in creative colouring followed by 4D interaction with the characters they have coloured in.

In App purchasing

Yes: The game allows players to purchase additional colouring-in pages for prices of $244-$2.75. These packages include 7 pages of additional character options for users to colour-in and upload.

Gambling

No gambling content was found during this review.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents was found during this review.

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Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended

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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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