Australian Council on Children and the Media

Dory's Reef - Disney

app image

Short takes

Dory’s Reef is a timer and quest app based on the finding Nemo franchise. Caution: in-app purchases, advertising

Age
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15

No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Dory's Reef was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 20 June 2016.

About the app

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

Name of app: Dory's Reef
Developed by: Disney
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes Store: 4+, Google Play: General.
ACCM suggested age: 4+ with supervision; 16+ due to in-app purchases, advertising
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Dory's Reef contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This app was reviewed to level 10.

App description

Dory’s Reef is a timer and quest coral reef building app. The objective is to build a home for various Finding Dory characters and complete mini games. The skills required are patience, critical thinking, and motor skills.

Reviewers comments

When the app is first opened, a popup appears asking for the player’s age. It warns players that this app contains in-app purchasing and the ability to watch advertisements for rewards. Once the app starts, the player is taken to the start of the app. The player is taken through a brief tutorial, and is taught how to build various types of coral on Dory’s reef. As the player completes missions, they are given two kinds of currency. Sand dollars and pearls. As the player progresses, they can play a shape matching mini game to gain additional rewards required to build various habitats for other characters. As the player progresses, they are shown full screen advertisements for in-app purchases. At one point, the player can purchase 300 pearls for $7.99 instead of $14.99. This is presented by the app as a time limited offer for new players. If the player closes this, it lingers on the right hand side of the screen until the offer expires.

The player can purchase packs of pearls within the app. 50 pearls for $2.99, 150 pearls for $7.99, 300 pearls for $14.99, 650 pearls for $30.99, 1750 pearls for $79.99, and 3750 pearls for $159.99. Pearls can be used to speed up building times, and purchase all other forms of currency. Within the app, the player can watch advertisements to receive a small quantity of pearls.

After completing some missions, the app displays a full screen advertisement to rate the app. Pushing this takes the player to the app store to rate the app.

In App purchasing

Yes: The player can purchase packs of pearls within the app. 50 pearls for $2.99, 150 pearls for $7.99, 300 pearls for $14.99, 650 pearls for $30.99, 1750 pearls for $79.99, and 3750 pearls for $159.99. At one point, the player can purchase 300 pearls for $7.99 instead of $14.99. This is presented by the app as a time limited offer for new players.

Gambling

No gambling content was found during this review.

Advertising and product placement

Players are able to view adverts in exchange for in game currency.

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.

Get involved

Provide your own review of this app here.

Have you found something of interest in this app that we haven't? Share your thoughts here.

Couldn't find the app you were looking for? Suggest an app to review, or provide your own public app review.

App Review Search

Title:

Tip: Leave out the first A, An or The

Alphabetical:

Age suitability:

Selecting an age will provide a list of apps with content suitable for this age group. Children may also enjoy apps selected via a lower age.

Platform:

Apple App Store img Google Play img Facebook img

Date added:

About our colour guide

Content is age appropriate for children this age

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

Content is not age appropriate for children this age

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

About games and gambling

Most games contain elements of risk, chance and knowledge, that is why they are fun to play. There is growing concern about the impacts of simulated gambling games on the health and wellbeing of children. That's why we are identifying games that contain gambling elements on our site.

The State Government of South Australia's web site http://nogame.com.au/ contains information about these concerns.