Australian Council on Children and the Media

Crazy Gears - Edoki Academy

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Crazy Gears is a puzzle game based on mathematical and scientific principles to help develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. Suitable for children 4+ with parental guidance. Caution: access to online store and developer’s advertising.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Crazy Gears was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 31 January 2019.

About the app

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

Name of app: Crazy Gears
Developed by: Edoki Academy
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4 +
ACCM suggested age: 4+ with Parental guidance (access to online store and developer advertising).
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Crazy Gears contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Our reviewer played 91 of the 100 available levels.

App description

Crazy Gears is a fun and brightly coloured game that will appeal to a wide range of ages. It uses gears, pulleys, rods, and chains to show how different forces interact and impact on others. It starts at a simple level, which requires one action to pull the gear up to the next level, and becomes increasingly more complex as the different components are added.  The app would help develop children’s problem solving and critical thinking skills, which are needed as the game progresses. It is an increasingly challenging game, which requires fine motor skills and parental guidance would be needed to assist young children.

In the Grown-ups corner, which is entered by tapping twice on the top left hand of the screen and then by solving a multiplication sum, there is access to the developer’s website and the option to purchase more apps by the developer from the app store. There is a handbook provided which details the fundamentals of the game and a walkthrough for when you get stuck. Adults can also create an online account with Edoki.

Reviewers comments

Crazy Gears is devloped by Edoki Academy who base their apps on sound educational principles. This one is grounded in Piaget’s constructivism and Papert’s constructionism theories. As such it is a well-recommended app to help children understand fundamental principles of physics while playing and having fun at the same time. There is also an option for the app to be played by children with cortical vision impairment.

Game play itself does not require any connection to the Internet. There is the grown-ups corner, which has a parental lock and therefore young children are unlikely to be able to access this content. However, it is still recommended that some parental guidance and/or co-playing is needed for children under 8.

In App purchasing

  • There is no In-App purchasing in this game.

Online information

  • Access to the Internet is available in the grown-ups corner, which is protected by a parental lock.

Gambling

  • At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

  • On the start up screen there is an ad that when tapped on, and before answering a multiplication sum, will take you to the developer’s website where you can purchase more of their apps.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • Nothing of concern.

Coarse language

  • None noted

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