Australian Council on Children and the Media

Gro Garden - Grow Play

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An interactive gardening app where children can learn about organic, sustainable farming. Recommended for ages 6+ with parental guidance. Caution: advertising.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Gro Garden was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 30 July 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Gro Garden
Developed by: Grow Play
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 6 - 8 years.
ACCM suggested age: Parental guidance for children aged 5 – 8.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Gro Garden contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Reviewer played for a minimum of 30 minutes.

App description

This interactive app has three different areas for the player to explore including a planting field, cottage garden and making a compost heap. Players can visit the planting field where they plant different crops such as carrots, radishes, onions and asparagus. Here they can learn the fundamental principles of gardening – giving crops sunlight and water to help them grow and harvesting them when fully grown. In the cottage, players can feed the diverse group of friendly looking characters their various crops and collect the scraps for the compost. Players can also visit the compost heap, feed their food scraps to the micro-organisms and collect some soil to fertilise their plants with. Along the way players can collect rewards in the form of extra seeds, tasty treats and badges.  

Reviewers comments

While there are no instructions given for how to interact with this app, the prompts given within the game are fairly easy for children to be able to understand what to do. Players are required to change and move items around by clicking and dragging them on the screen. The graphics are sharp and clear and the warm, bright colours and friendly characters are likely to appeal to young children. Young children may require help to understand the concepts that are being explored in the app such as the process of making a compost heap. Parental guidance is recommended for children aged from 5 to 8 years due to advertising and accessibility to other apps from the same developer.

In App purchasing

None. 

Online information

  • Credit card details – required to download the app from the app store.
  • Log ins – requires password to download the app from the app store.

Gambling

At time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.

Advertising and product placement

On the home screen there is a small advertisement for a similar app from the same developer with a direct link to the app store. No password was needed to download this free app.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

No gender stereotypes or sexual references were observed during the review.

Coarse language

No coarse language was observed during the review only music and sound effects can be heard.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No concerning game playing behaviour was observed during the review.

Other

None. 

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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