Australian Council on Children and the Media

Gumballs and Dungeons - QCplay limited

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Gumballs and Dungeons is an adventure/maze game. Players navigate through mazes to earn rewards. Not recommended for children under 13 years due to social media connectivity and in-app purchasing.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Gumballs and Dungeons was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 7 September 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Gumballs and Dungeons
Developed by: QCplay limited
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 12+
ACCM suggested age: Not recommended for children under 13 due to social media connectivity and in-app purchasing
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Gumballs and Dungeons contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

The reviewer played for several hours

App description

In this game, players navigate a “Gumball” character through a series of mazes – which includes battles with various monsters. To navigate a maze, the player simply presses on a series of squares which disintegrate and unlock the surrounding squares for pressing. Disintegrating squares can reveal hidden treasures – or monsters. Various weapons and items can be earned through completing mazes – which help to defeat monsters in subsequent mazes. Coins are also earned through battles with monsters which can be used to buy certain items such as shields, weapons and potions. During the course of getting through the mazes, the game also has a feature where your Gumball friends are constantly mining for coins. Due to Facebook connectivity and in-app purchasing, this game is not recommended for children under 13.

Reviewers comments

There is quite a lot of dialogue at the start of this game and hence takes a long time to start. It is anticipated that some children may become impatient with this. It is also quite difficult to understand the point of the dialogue and how it relates to the plot of the game. It’s clear that successful navigation earns rewards and that the other Gumballs are mining for coins – but it’s unclear what the ultimate goal of this game is – other than getting through mazes and staying alive.

In App purchasing

Gems

Bag of Gems (10) - $1.49

Sack of Gems (30) - $4.49

Chest of Gems (100) - $13.99

Crate of Gems (200) - $27.99

Workshop Signboard - $13.99

Time Limited Pack - $159.99

Online information

  • Log ins
  • Connectivity with social media

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

None.

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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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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