Australian Council on Children and the Media

Jetpack Joyride - Halfbrick Studios

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An endless runner style game. Caution: in-app purchasing, online interactivity, advertising, simulated gambling device

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Contains some elements of gambling

This review of Jetpack Joyride was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 9 April 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Jetpack Joyride
Developed by: Halfbrick Studios
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 9+, Google Play store: low maturity
Gambling content advice: Contains some elements of gambling. This game may contain devices which mimic those found in a casino; but the player is not risking something of value to play. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Jetpack Joyride contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Not applicable

App description

This is an endless runner style game where the player taps the screen to make the jetpack fly as they try to collect coins and avoid obstacles.

Reviewers comments

The game starts when the main character steals a jetpack from a laboratory. The Player then takes control by tapping the screen to fly the jetpack. The faster the tapping or the longer you hold your finger on the screen, the higher the jetpack flies.

The aim of the game is to fly for as long as you can without dying and to collect as many coins as possible. There are many obstacles which you have to avoid while flying, some of which are missiles and electricity fields (see the Violence section for more detail). The coins that you collect can be used to upgrade the character, his abilities and the jetpack. Coins can also be purchased for real money (see In App purchasing for more detail). 

In App purchasing

Yes: In the app you can purchase coins for real money. The packs of coins range from 20,000 coins for $2.49 to 1,000,000 coins for $37.99.

Online information

The game connects to OpenFeint if you are playing on an android or Game Centre if you are playing on an apple product. These platforms are online communities where you can share your scores and connect to your Facebook page. However, you can choose to restrict OpenFeint or Game Centre on your device. 

Gambling

While playing sometime a spin token appears. If you collect a spin token you can cash it in for 50 coins or you can use it on a slot machine to win upgrades.  

Advertising and product placement

Advertisements occasionally appear while playing the game. These advertisements are other app games, generally designed by the developer. 

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

The game begins with the main character stealing a jetpack from a laboratory and then he continues, throughout the game, to shoot scientists who are running away from him.

Other

Violence and scary material: This game contains a lot of cartoon violence. The obstacles that the Player must avoid include: missiles, electric fields and lasers. Also, the base of the jetpack is a machine gun which shoots the scientists who are running away from the character. These scientists are masked so you cannot see their faces, however, when you shoot at them they cower down in fear. 

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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The State Government of South Australia's web site http://nogame.com.au/ contains information about these concerns.