Australian Council on Children and the Media

Hill Climb Racing - Fingersoft

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Two-dimensional racing game with accelerator and brake/reverse. A game of basic physics and rudimentary resource management. Caution: In app purchases and mild animated violence

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Hill Climb Racing was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 2 April 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Hill Climb Racing
Developed by: Fingersoft
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: Low Maturity, iTunes: 9+
ACCM suggested age: 13+ due to in app purchases and mild animated violence
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Hill Climb Racing contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This game was played extensively, with all levels and vehicles unlocked.

App description

This is a two-dimensional racing game, where the player controls a vehicle and navigates through various levels for coin rewards. The objective of this game is to achieve the highest personal distance on each level. This game requires a basic sense of two-dimensional physics.

Reviewers comments

This game is based around a character named Newton Bill as he navigates his way through various levels by driving a range of vehicles within numerous different environments. The player uses the Accelerator and Brake buttons to keep the vehicle upright and moving through the level, and high scores are stored locally for the player to compete against their best score. The game provides rewards in the form of coins that are handed out progressively as players traverse the levels. These coins can be used to unlock more levels, new vehicles, and upgrade vehicles to achieve maximum speed, traction etc. The game also has a finite fuel gauge that can be replenished by picking up extra fuel along the way.

This game has in-game advertising on the middle of the bottom half of the screen and in-app purchases.  This makes it unsuitable for younger children without supervision. However, there is an in-game option to remove advertisements which parents may consider purchasing if a young child is playing the game and parents do not wish that child to be exposed to the banner advertisements.

In App purchasing

The app offers packages ranging from $1.99 (for 300,000 coins and advertisement removal) to $49.99 (for 40,000,000 coins and advertisement removal). There are also options to watch a short video or ‘like’ the game company on Facebook to get 15,000 and 6,000 coins respectively.

Online information

The player has the option to ‘like’ the developer on Facebook for 6000 in-game coins. Information is not shared or made public in any way. The player also has the option to share high scores on Facebook, Google+, etc.

Gambling

No gambling content found during review.

Advertising and product placement

Advertisements appear along the bottom of the app window persistently during play.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

The main character is male and there is no option to change the gender of the character to female.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Playing this game has the potential to become addictive due to the ease of gameplay as well as the regularity of rewards provided.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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