Australian Council on Children and the Media

Four in a Row – Classic Board Games - Out Of The Bit Ltd

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This is a digital version of the classic board game Connect Four. The aim is to connect 4 pieces in a row in any direction. Caution: Parental guidance for children 16 years and under due to online connectivity and ads for simulated gambling games.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Four in a Row – Classic Board Games was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 31 August 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Four in a Row – Classic Board Games
Developed by: Out Of The Bit Ltd
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Parental guidance for children 16 years and under due to online interactivity and ads for simulated gambling games.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Four in a Row – Classic Board Games contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

The easy and medium levels of this game were played.

App description

This is a digital version of the classic children’s game Connect Four. The aim of the game is to match four pieces in a row before your opponent does. The game can be set up for one or two players and the player can choose to play against themselves, the computer or online opponents. Basic strategic thinking skills are developed as both players try to block the other player’s pieces. Throughout play the player is encouraged to record their score on the global high score board, to do this a user name and password is created. There is also a menu item that allows players to share their score on Facebook.

Reviewers comments

Within this app there is an advertising banner and at the time of review there were ads ranging from a Motor Mechanics, Lightning Luck (a Vegas style casino game), Words for Friends (a scrabble style app) and Number One Casino (a simulated gambling app). While you can request that the ad is removed each time a new game is loaded, it reappears. In addition there are pop up ads that include simulated gambling apps (see screen shot below).

Note: the reviewer switched the internet off (in device settings) and tried to play the game offline but it was automatically switched back on each time a new game was loaded.

In App purchasing

None.

Online information

  • Identity details
  • Log ins
  • Receive data from the internet
  • Connectivity with social media

Gambling

While the game itself does not include gambling elements there is a banner ad embedded within the app which is constantly changing and many of the ads are for simulated style gambling ads.

 

Advertising and product placement

Within this app there is an advertising banner which rotates a variety of ads throughout game play - see comments re simulated gambling ads above.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

Within game play there was none of concern.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None.

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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

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.