Australian Council on Children and the Media

Dirty Farm: Animals & Games for toddlers and kids - MagisterApp

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This farm attendance game allows players to clean and feed their animals. Simple fine motor skills only required to play. Parental guidance for children aged 4 – 8 due to in-app purchasing.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Dirty Farm: Animals & Games for toddlers and kids was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 9 July 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: Dirty Farm: Animals & Games for toddlers and kids
Developed by: MagisterApp
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Parental guidance 4 – 8 for in-app purchasing
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Dirty Farm: Animals & Games for toddlers and kids contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Played and completed all available features.

App description

Dirty farm allows players to maintain their farm by cleaning and feeding the animals. Players can also direct their avatar to jump in muddy puddles and take a bath. Cleaning an animal is simply achieved by pressing on the scrubbing brush (for example) and swiping left to right continually to clean the mud off a pig. Once dirt is removed from any animal, a soap bar appears and players use the same action to cover the animal in soap suds. To clean an animal the player presses on the water fountain. They can also feed rabbits, collect eggs, sheer sheep and harvest corn in the field (if you purchase these extra areas). The main aim of the game is to attend to each animal’s needs.

Reviewers comments

This game may appeal to younger children because of its fun and cartoon based theme. There are not many areas that you can access for free, with players paying $3.99 to unlock other areas. Out of the nine areas (which are clearly visible from the title screen) you can only access four of them for free. Thus, many children may become bored with that limitation and ask parents to unlock the other ones (there is a parental control in this game where a math sum needs to be answered correctly to do things such as in-app purchasing and connecting to Facebook). Having said this, the math sums are easy (e.g.; 3 + 2) which many younger children would be able to work out – or select at random if they try long enough. Parents of children aged 4 to 7 (depending on maturity) need to be aware that when bathing your avatar, the player can press and hold the hot water tap on – which results in the avatar smiling and enjoying the water. This may give the wrong impression that the hot water tap is safe to access whilst taking a bath in real life.

In App purchasing

Unlock all areas of the farm for $3.99.

 

Online information

Social media - although this is protected with a maths sum. 

Gambling

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

Advertising and product placement

None.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

This app only has a male farmer – with no choice to choose a female.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

As noted above – you can use the hot water tap in the bath and scissors and shears to attend to the sheep. Young children need to be educated/reminded that these things are potentially dangerous in real life.

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