Australian Council on Children and the Media

He-Man™ Tappers of Grayskull™ - Animoca Brands

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This app is a continuous battle game. Only simple tapping is required in order to play the game. Not suitable for children 8 and under, parental guidance for children aged 9 to 15 due to advertising, access to the device’s microphone, and social media connectivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of He-Man™ Tappers of Grayskull™ was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 29 November 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: He-Man™ Tappers of Grayskull™
Developed by: Animoca Brands
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 9
ACCM suggested age: Parental guidance recommended ages 9 – 15 for advertising, access to the device’s microphone, and social media connectivity.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of He-Man™ Tappers of Grayskull™ contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Level 45

App description

He-man Tappers of Grayskull is a continuous fighting game where players simply tap the screen in order to make He-man attack the enemies. Every attack from He-man’s sword earns the player gold coins – which can be used to unlock features such as better attack skills, costumes and allies. In each stage, there are a number of enemies that need to be defeated before the main ‘big boss’ challenge. Defeating the big boss progresses the player to the next stage where enemies increase in strength. There is also a tournament mode where player’s scores are pitted against each other and compared at the end of the tournament time frame. High ranking players at the end of the tournament are rewarded with prizes (e.g.: 100 gems, 40 Medals, 6 weapon upgrades and 2 time travel potions).

Reviewers comments

Other than the tournament rewards for high ranking players, there doesn’t seem to be an obvious aim to this game. Players simply tap away, fighting enemies and earning coins for an unlimited amount of time – the game even keeps accumulating coins when it’s closed and not being played. The main areas of concern for parents are: Tapping – faster tapping makes for more successful game playing and rewards in this game, thus continual tapping in its extreme may not be good for developing fingers; Speech Recognition – action can be activated through speech. Speech data is then sent to Apple to “process requests”. This requires the player to give Apple permission to access the device’s microphone; Date of Birth – this was requested after opening the game for the second time. The reason for this request is ambiguous. It appears to be checking for age in reference to in-app purchasing. However, the current reviewer inputted a false date of birth, placing the player at the age of 6 and the game continued as normal (even though the developer’s own age recommendation is 9+).

 

In App purchasing

Beginner Gem Pouch    $0.99

Journeyman Gem Pouch    $7.99

Adventurer Gem Pouch    $14.99

The Vaults of Eternia   $7.99

Massive MOTU Damage    $7.99

Keys to Castle Grayskull    $14.99

Veteran Gem Pouch    $38.99

Triple Damage Booster    $7.99

Event Bundle 2    $2.99

Master Gem Pouch    $79.99

 

Online information

  • Microphone access
  • Connectivity to Social Media (game easily connects to Facebook)
  • Identity details (date of birth requested)

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

Rewards can be earned by watching ads. Many of the ads are for other violent games.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None noted.

Coarse language

None noted.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

See Reviewer's comments.

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