Australian Council on Children and the Media

Friendly Shapes - Kids Games Club by TabTale

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Short takes

Friendly Shapes is a collection of activities aimed at pre-schoolers, including painting, puzzle, and counting games. Unless the full version or an ad remover is purchased, the app contains frequent ads to external sites and encourages in-app purchases. Parental guidance for children under 9 is therefore recommended.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Friendly Shapes was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 9 October 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Friendly Shapes
Developed by: Kids Games Club by TabTale
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free, Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: The free version is unsuitable for children under 5 and parental guidance is recommended for children under 9 due to ads and in-app purchases.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Friendly Shapes contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All available features in the free version were considered in this review.

App description

This app contains a collection of eight education and entertainment style activities aimed at a pre-school level. Children can practice counting (up to 10), drag objects into their place in a picture, paint pictures or colour in, listen to and read along to stories, solve jigsaw puzzles, or play memory match games. The games offer some learning opportunities for young children such as counting, memorising, and reading along, and room for creative expression in the painting activity.

Reviewers comments

This app does not require the user to create an account or to provide any personal information. Although the app can initially be downloaded for free, parents should be aware that only a very limited selection of content is available unless the full version or separate packages are purchased. There is a section linked to the start page advertising related apps. In the free version, there are frequent pop-up ads for in-app purchases that interrupt game play. Clicking on ads connects the user to the app store. Parents are advised to supervise game play and use password protection, and disable in-app purchases in the device settings. The free version also contains ads to external sites such as online stores. An ad free version can be purchased separately.

In App purchasing

- Full Version of Friendly Shapes Interactive Book $5.99
- Remove ads $1.49
- Unlock 12 jigsaw puzzles $2.99
- Unlock 12 colouring pages $2.99
- Unlock all Memory Match Games $2.99
- Unlock Interactive Story $2.99
- Unlock all Placement Puzzles $2.99
- Unlock al Hidden Objects games $2.99
- Unlock all Memory & Place games $2.99

Online information

None.

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

The free version contains ads that are permanently flashing in the bottom section of the screen. They link to external online trading sites like gumtree. These ads can be removed by purchasing the full version or an ad remover. That does not, however, remove advertising for in-app purchases and for related apps in a designated "more apps" section accessible through the start page.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None.

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