Australian Council on Children and the Media

Game of War - Fire Age - Machine Zone Inc

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A strategy and shoot action game. Caution: high levels of violence, in-app purchases, online interactivity, simulated gambling content

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This review of Game of War - Fire Age was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 31 March 2015.

About the app

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

Name of app: Game of War - Fire Age
Developed by: Machine Zone Inc
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 9+, Google Play Store: High Maturity
ACCM suggested age: 18+ due to in-app purchases, online interactivity, simulated gambling content
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 Game of War - Fire Age contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Level 3

App description

Game of Wire - Fire Age is a strategy and shooter game where the player builds their own base camp, grows and collects resources and to train an army to attack and destroy other fortresses.

Reviewers comments

The aim of Game of War - Fire Age is to better your base and increase your army by collecting resources, destroying enemy bases and building and protecting your own base (see Violence for more information). The player has a bird’s eye view of the bases, and they can tap and slide on the screen to move the players and structures around. The game starts with a tutorial about how to build your base, how to train your troops and how to attack enemy bases. The game has a variety of resources that can be collected, soldiers that can be trained and missions that can be taken. Therefore, the player must think strategically to decide what the best option is.

Game of War - Fire Age includes casino style gambling, high levels of violence, strong language and sexual references (see individual sections for more detail). Therefore, this game is not recommended for children.

In App purchasing

Yes: The player can buy gold for real money. Gold can cost between $6.49 for 660 pieces to $129.99 for 28000 pieces

Online information

The player has the option of joining the online community playing the game. The player can form alliances with other members to help them win bigger battles. There is a chat function in the app where players can communicate with other online members. This chat function is full of inappropriate language and behaviour that is not suitable for children.

Gambling

Simulated Casino Style Gambling: There is a section in the game called ‘Casino’ where the player can buy casino chips with their coins. These chips can be used to spin a wheel and the player has the chance to win various items. The player is also regularly enticed to visit the casino through daily offers of free spins.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

The women in this game are big breasted and are wearing revealing clothing. Some of the discussions in the online chat include sexual references.

Coarse language

The game itself has no inappropriate language, however, the chat function in the game is full of inappropriate language, sexual references and inappropriate behaviour that is not suitable for children

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

The aim of this game is to destroy enemy bases. The players are rewarded for doing this.

Other

Violence and Scary Material: The main aim of this game is to destroy enemy bases and kill enemies. Therefore, there is a high level of violence involved. The player is slightly removed from the violence because of the bird’s eye perspective but you can see them killing each other. There is no blood shown but you can hear dying sound effects.  The person falls to the ground and disappears after they have been killed.

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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.