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Doomsday: Zombie Army - Yuan Chen

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This app is a SIM style fighting game set in a post-apocalyptic world, threatened by zombies. Not suitable for children 12 and under, parental guidance for adolescents 13 – 15 (violence and horror themes, social media connectivity and gambling-like elements).

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This review of Doomsday: Zombie Army was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 25 February 2019.

About the app

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

Name of app: Doomsday: Zombie Army
Developed by: Yuan Chen
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Rated 9+ (Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes, Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.)
ACCM suggested age: PG 13 – 15 for violence and horror themes; social media connectivity; and gambling-like elements.
Gambling content advice: Contains some elements of gambling. This game may contain devices which mimic those found in a casino; but the player is not risking something of value to play. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Doomsday: Zombie Army contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Our Reviewer completed up to level 14.

App description

In Doomsday: Zombie Army, players must build a home base and train an army of soldiers in order to protect themselves from attacking zombies. This is achieved by choosing a base and tapping and upgrading various features such as weapons, defence, specialised soldiers etc. Once zombies are located through the radar, players must select and build an army and then send them into battle. Fighting is achieved simply by tapping the relevant group of soldiers and then on the group of zombies that you want to attack. Fighting is done on a turn by turn basis. Players can also join online alliances and fight together on joint missions. The aim of the game is to keep your camp alive and wipe out all the remaining zombies.

Reviewers comments

Although the iTunes age rating for this game is 9+, the developer’s notes are as follows: “under our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, you must be at least 12 years of age to play or download Doomsday: Zombie Army”. However, as players can join alliances and text each other, it is suggested that parental guidance is needed for adolescents aged 13 – 15. This is certainly not a game for children 12 and under. Regarding game-play itself, the zombies are quite grotesque, and some emit screeches that some children may find a bit scary. Having said this, all characters on screen are fixed (do not move in real time) and there is no graphic body damage, weapon connecting to body, or blood splatter through the fighting scenes.  

In App purchasing

There is In-App purchasing in this game. Examples include:

  • 85 Diamonds $2.99
  • 510 Diamonds $14.99
  • 1100 Diamonds $30.99
  • 230 Diamonds$ 7.99
  • 3000 Diamonds $79.99
  • 6500 Diamonds $159.99
  • VIP Privilege $9.99

Online information

There is some online connectivity in this game, including:

  • Social Media connectivity
  • Log Ins. There is an option to 'quick play' which does not require any information, however it is a more limited option and players may be compelled to sign up and register through Facebook or email.

Gambling

There are some elements of gambling in this game, including:

  • Players can purchase loot boxes with real money. Although all loot boxes have content, it is not guaranteed that you’ll get something that you want or need, and hence may cause further purchasing.

Advertising and product placement

  • There is no advertising or product placement in this game.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • The females in this game are very sexualised in appearance (wearing impractical, skimpy clothing).
  • The ‘assistants’ to you ‘the commander’ are scantily clad females.

Coarse language

  • None noted.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • See reviewer’s comments.

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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