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Dragonplay Slots: Slot Machines - Dragonplay

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This is a casino based gambling simulator app, which involves games such as slot machines.

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Simulated casino style gambling

This review of Dragonplay Slots: Slot Machines was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 6 April 2015.

About the app

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

Name of app: Dragonplay Slots: Slot Machines
Developed by: Dragonplay
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: Medium Maturity, iTunes Store: 12+
ACCM suggested age: 18+ intense simulated gambling and in-app purchases
Gambling content advice: Simulated casino style gambling. Player is risking money or something of value on an outcome of an event involving chance when the probability of winning or losing is less than certain. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Dragonplay Slots: Slot Machines contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

The game was reviewed to level 10

App description

This is a Casino-style game based around slot machines. The game has a wide variety of slot machine games to play through, and the objective of the game is to earn more money in order to play more. There are limited skills needed, as it is a simple button-push game and the chance of winning or losing is chance-based.

Reviewers comments

When the app is opened, a pop-up window appears titled 'Daily Bonus'. It contains a message that shows that 300 coins are available for free today, 450 available on day 2, 500 on day 3, 550 on day 4, and 600 on day 5. Players are encouraged to click 'Collect' in order to obtain their initial bonus of coins to use within the game. Players are then taken to a complex screen containing a range of links as well as a central slot machine window - players are able to tap on any of the 15 image squares in order to spin the slot machine. If a player obtains any kind of prize, the squares will flash (for instance, '5 in a row!') and players will receive a monetary reward in the form of in-game coins. The screen will flash the number of coins won, with a large 'You Win!' sign in large gold letters. 

Players have the option to set the number of lines within their spin, the amount of coins spent per spin, as well as their betting max. The more times a player spins, the more their Star bar increases - this indicates that players are progressing to the next level within the game. When players level up, they earn an additional coin bonus. For certain wins, players are presented with a chance game involving the presentation of seven boxes of treasure - players are informed that they must select one of the treasure chests. Each has a different number of coins to be won as a game bonus. 

The game offers players the option of choosing an Auto Spin cycle, where players can set the game to auto spin (as opposed to players pressing Spin manually) for a total of 10, 20, 50 or 100 times. Players can also select a x2, x3, x4 or x5 boost - these are in-app purchase options that allow players to win more in-game cash when they spin successfully.

There is a Spin The Wheel activity within the game that resets and can be spun every 4 hours. This can offer players additional in-game bonuses. There is a range of slot machine games within this app, but they must be unlocked as player’s progress through the app. These different games include various themes and images, such as farm animals, crime, mummies and pyramids, and leisure spa resorts. 

This app carries considerable risk to children due to the substantial amount of simulated gambling involved. The app covers casino-based games, encouraging in-game spending and repetitive gambling. There is limited learning potential as the games are very simplistic, and are largely played by pressing a ‘Spin’ button – they do not involve strategy at all, and are mostly chance-driven.

In App purchasing

Yes: Players can purchase Boost options of x2, x3, x4 or x5. These boosts can be applied to each spin, and allow players to win more on all payouts. These can be purchased in packages of five x2 boosts for $5.99, ten x2 boosts for $9.99, fifteen x2 boosts for $13.99, and twenty x2 boosts for $17.99. These continue to go up in price for the larger boosts, with the most expensive package being twenty x5 boosts for $57.99.

Packages of in-game coins can also be bought within the in-app purchasing store of the game. This involves buying 25k of coins for $5.99, 60k worth of coins for $10.99, 200k of coins for $31.99, 375k of coins for $51.99, or 900k worth of coins for $103.99. 

Online information

Once players press the back arrow to get out of the initial slot machine game, they are met with a pop-up screen stating 'Upgrade your account to play with friends, and get a special reward! Get 2,500 coins!' - they are then asked to sign in via Facebook or Google+. This screen must be manually closed. There is also an option to invite friends via email, Facebook or SMS, and subsequently receive 15,000 coins as a bonus. Players are also able to inbox other individuals privately through the game, and to send gifts to other players (e.g. free spins, coins, etc).

Gambling

This is a simulated casino game, focusing on slot machine games. See reviewers comments for more details.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

The game encourages realistic simulated gambling behaviours.

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