Australian Council on Children and the Media

Doodle Jump - Lima Sky

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This arcade style game involves manoeuvring an alien (Doodle) across and up the screen. The aim is to move the alien from platform to platform while collecting items, shooting monsters and avoiding broken platforms. Parental guidance 9-12 years due to in-app purchases, advertising and online connectivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Doodle Jump was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 14 June 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: Doodle Jump
Developed by: Lima Sky
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Parental guidance 9-12 years due to in-app purchases, advertising and online connectivity.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Doodle Jump contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

The game was played for several hours over several days.

App description

This arcade style game involves manoeuvring an alien (Doodle) across and up the screen (which looks like a piece of graph paper) by tilting the device from side to side. The aim is to move the Doodle from platform to platform while collecting items, shooting monsters (to do this the player taps the screen) and avoiding broken platforms. If the player is not successful they drop to the bottom of the screen and disappear. Throughout the game players gain points, and are encouraged to share their overall score with others on the leader board. However, you need to be logged into the games centre to do this. If you are logged into the games centre you can also play the game with others online. There are many opportunities to customise your Doodle character and even buy a soft toy that resembles this character in the app. However, both of these options cost real money, with one exception, where the player can win a small amount of in game currency (coins) by watching an ad.

Reviewers comments

This game is an entertainment based app with limited opportunities for learning. The gross motor skills required and eye hand coordination to tilt the screen may be challenging for younger children. The developers have gone to alot of effort with the graphics which mimic kid’s drawings. Although the app appears to be very child friendly there are several features (as mentioned above) that parents need to be aware of including links to purchase a branded toy, the ability to play with others online, and in app purchases (either by watching an ad or with real money).

In App purchasing

  1. 1,000 coins $1.99
  2. 10,000 coins $8.99
  3. 10000 candies $1.99
  4. 1000 candies $1.99
  5. 30,000 coins $14.99
  6. 500 eggs $1.99
  7. 5000 eggs $8.99
  8. 1000 gold $3.99
  9. 15000 eggs $14.99
  10. 100,000 coins $30.99

There is a permanent link to a site where you can purchase toys that resemble the main character in this game.

Online information

  • Log ins
  • Other: receive data from the internet.
  • Connectivity with social media

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

Frequent pop up ads for a range of products, at the time of the review they were mainly for accommodation etc.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None.

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