Australian Council on Children and the Media

Iron Marines - Ironhide S.A.

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This app is a fighting/strategy war game. Players will benefit from good strategy and multiple object tracking skills. Not suitable for players under the age of 9 and parental guidance 9 – 12 (advertising, in-app purchasing and social media connectivity).

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Iron Marines was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 26 March 2019.

About the app

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

Name of app: Iron Marines
Developed by: Ironhide S.A.
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: Rated 9+ for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
ACCM suggested age: PG 9 – 12 due to advertising, in-app purchasing and social media connectivity.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Iron Marines contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Our Reviewer played the app over several days.

App description

In Iron Marines, players are required to deploy small squads of soldiers into alien territories and take part in war-like missions. Missions are explained at the start of each level (e.g., “locate and destroy the enemy’s main refinery in the area”), with real time hints and instructions during game play. Fighting is achieved by clicking and dragging squads into the required position – where attack (using gunfire) occurs automatically. There is also a specialist fighter on your team that players can manoeuvre separately through the game. Successful gameplay earns players virtual currency (called “Credits”) which can be used to purchase upgrades to armour, abilities and special weapons. The aim of the game is to complete each mission before being wiped out by the aliens.

Reviewers comments

The main concerns with this app are the advertising, in-app purchasing and social media connectivity. Paid apps are often void of these features. However, not only are they present, but many players are likely to watch the 30 second ads in order to earn credits. The current reviewer was not able to get past the 4th level (after an hour of trying) due to not having sufficient fire power, armour and special weapons. Even after watching 6 ads in a row (in order to earn enough credits for a decent arsenal) this still wasn’t enough to get past level 4 and the same amount of ads were watched again. Those that are not patient to sit through the ads may revert to buying the credits outright with real money. The game also easily connects to Facebook and Twitter through the “settings” button.

In App purchasing

There is In-App purchasing in this game, examples include:

  • 1200 Handful of Credits = $4.49
  • 2200 Case of Credits = $7.99
  • 5000 Crate of Credits = $14.99
  • 11,000 Mechandful of Credits = $30.99
  • 30, 000 Vault of Credits = $79.99
  • 70,000 Credit Planet = $159.99

Online information

Parent caution: 

  • App connects easily to Facebook and Twitter.

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

There is a lot of advertising in this game. For example:

  • Credits can be earned by watching 30 seconds ads. These ads are predominantly for other 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 above.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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