Australian Council on Children and the Media

Farm Heroes Saga - King.com

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Farm Heroes Saga was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 24 February 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Farm Heroes Saga
Developed by: King.com
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play, Facebook
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+, Google Play store: “Everyone”
ACCM suggested age: 4+ , 13+ if playing though Facebook
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Farm Heroes Saga contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

1-25

App description

In this puzzle-style game the player must swap “cropsies” to match up three or more crops of the same type.

Reviewers comments

Within this game, players start with an allocation of lives, beans and gold bars. The player can swap adjoining cropsies if the swap will result in three or more of the same type in a row. The matched up cropsies are then cleared from the puzzle and are added to the total at the side. Beans are earned as a reward. The number of moves allowed is limited. There are many levels, each level becoming more difficult, with new challenges. The animated cropsies bob around and make faces, sometimes giving hints as to possible moves. Helpful Booster tools are unlocked at various points of the games – some are free, more can be bought with gold bars. Extra beans can be purchased with gold bars.

When a player fails to collect the right number of cropsies within the allocated number of moves, they can spend gold bars to buy extra moves. Otherwise they lose a life and can try again. When they run out of lives, they can wait a specified time for more lives, purchase more or ask a friend for more lives via Facebook.

 A possible learning benefit could be that the player must plan the best combinations of moves to collect the required cropsies within the allowed number of moves.

In App purchasing

Gold bars can be purchased (for $1.10 to $115.00).  The iTunes store advises that players can “turn-off the payment feature by disabling in-app purchases in your device’s settings”.  Purchasing in Facebook games can be by debit card, credit card, Paypal and Facebook gift card. There is also the option to charge smaller purchases to a mobile phone account, however a “fee” which is an additional 80+% was added. The mobile phone purchase transaction screen states “Customers under age 18 must have account holder's permission”. A text message is sent to the mobile number entered to confirm payment.  Parents should be aware that if they enter credit card details, the player can make more than one purchase. Facebook stores the card details unless they are removed.

Online information

Players are frequently prompted to invite their friends.  When the player runs the game in Facebook, the app receives the player’s public profile and friend list. A leader board is shown of “Top Friends”, which displays the player’s first name, profile picture and rank against their friends. When players run out of lives, they are given the option of asking friends for more lives via Facebook.

Gambling

No gambling content found in the levels played.

Advertising and product placement

Players are presented with ads for other games. To earn more lives, players can play another game by the same developer up to a specified level.  

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