Australian Council on Children and the Media

Framed - Loveshack Entertainment Pty Ltd

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Framed is a strategy/puzzle game where players must rearrange panels to survive. Players will need good strategic planning and problem-solving skills to play. Not suitable for children 12 and under, parental guidance 13 – 15 (violence and smoking scenes).

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Framed was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 4 February 2019.

About the app

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

Name of app: Framed
Developed by: Loveshack Entertainment Pty Ltd
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 12+ (Infrequent, mild mature themes; mild realistic violence; mild alcohol, tobacco, drug use)
ACCM suggested age: Parental guidance 13 – 15 (violence and smoking scenes).
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Framed contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Our Reviewer played the game for several hours.

App description

In Framed, players navigate their character through a series of comic-book style scenes where they must avoid capture from the police and eventually deliver a briefcase to its destination. Each screen has several frames, or cells, that show a different part of the story. Players need to rearrange the frames (holding and dragging them into position) to create the correct narrative, and then press play. The scenes will then play out like a movie and continue onto the next section, but only if the frames are in the right order. If they are not in the right order, it will still play out, but your character will be captured. In some scenes, frames will need to be moved multiple times (in real time) in order to avoid capture.

Reviewers comments

Framed is a highly stylised ‘comic book style’ illustrated app. The opening scene to this game shows a gun being fired and a man lighting a cigarette. He peeks through blinds and sees red and blue flashing lights outside. He then picks up a briefcase and runs from the police. Why the gun was fired, the contents of the briefcase and why he’s running from police are not explained in any way. Some parents may be concerned, in the absence of context, that their children are playing a game where they are actively helping a criminal escape the law. Even though the illustrated characters are silhouetted, their appearance and motion is very realistic and there are violent elements, such as blows to the head which knock out various police members. Due to smoking and realistic violence, this game is not suitable for children 12 and under and parental guidance is suggested for 13 – 15.

In App purchasing

  • There is no In-App purchasing in this game.

Online information

  • There is no online information required for this app.

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

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

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • Nothing of concern.

Coarse language

  • None noted.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • See reviewers comments.

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