This app is a continuous runner style game. Players will need good reaction time to play. Not suitable for children 12 and under, parental guidance for adolescents 13 – 15 due to gambling-like features, in-app purchasing and social media connectivity.
Contains some elements of gambling
This review of Jetpack Joyride was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 26 March 2019.
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|
|Developer’s suggested age:||Rated 9+ for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.|
|ACCM suggested age:||PG 13 – 15 due to gambling-like features, in app purchasing and social media connectivity.|
|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|
This review of Jetpack Joyride contains the following information:
Our Reviewer played the game for several hours.
In Jetpack Joyride, players control “Barry” – a covert agent looking man with a jet pack – through a continuous platform of on-coming obstacles. Movement forward is automatic; hence all players have to do is press and hold on screen to move up and let go to move down. Coins can be collected along the way which can be used to unlock features such as skins, jet packs and special power-ups (e.g. boosts, shields, rocket time, etc.). Also, there are icons in-game which can be collected which unlock certain similar features. The aim of the game is to travel as far as possible without dying.
There are a few common things that parents need to be diligent about in this game: connects to social media platforms (Facebook and Reddit), has quite a lot of ads which earn rewards from watching, and there are a lot of opportunities for in-app purchasing. Most importantly, parents need to be aware that the game has a slot machine feature – which appears at the end of every game played. The number of spins is determined by how many spin icons are collected during the jetpack part of the game. So, spins cannot be purchased with real money. However, on the slot machine screen, you can opt to “cash in” your spin tokens (1 spin token = 50 coins) instead of using them to spin. So, this does place value on the tokens (even if that value is not real-world currency based) and hence using the tokens to spin does represent a “risk for reward” style of behaviour which is similar to gambling.
There is In-App purchasing in this game, examples include:
This game connects easily to social media, such as Facebook and Reddit.
There is some gambling elements in this game, for example:
A slot machine feature appears at the end of each game which utilises risk for reward type of behaviour.
There is a lot of advertising in this game, including:
See Reviewer's comments above.
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