Australian Council on Children and the Media

Jurassic Dinos: T-Rex Rider - Lab Cave Games

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This is a continuous runner game. Players only require simple gross motor and reaction time skills. Due to social media connectivity, advertising and in-app purchasing, this game is not suitable for children 12 and under, parental guidance 13 – 15.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Jurassic Dinos: T-Rex Rider was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 7 January 2019.

About the app

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

Name of app: Jurassic Dinos: T-Rex Rider
Developed by: Lab Cave Games
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4 +
ACCM suggested age: Parental guidance for ages 13 to 15 (social media connectivity, advertising and in-app purchasing).
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Jurassic Dinos: T-Rex Rider contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Our reviewer played the game for several hours.

App description

Jurassic Dinos: T-Rex Rider is very similar to many continuous runner/driver games where play continues until you crash. In this game, the player controls a velociraptor dinosaur. Your velociraptor begins running (into the screen, in 3D view) with a triceratops in pursuit. The player must navigate through the course without being caught and without crashing into obstacles. Left and Right movement is achieved through swiping in the respective directions, whilst your dinosaur runs forward automatically. Gold coins can be collected along the way and used to buy abilities, such as speed boosts and shields. The aim of the game is to run as far as possible without crashing.

Reviewers comments

Although the game itself has nothing that should concern parents, the number and nature of the ads are not suitable for younger children. Many of the ads that appeared were for slot machine apps and games featuring violence. These ads will also play at random times and not just following incentives to earn rewards. There are also Facebook and Twitter icons on the home screen which take you out of the app and direct you to the social media websites.

In App purchasing

There is In-App purchasing available in this game. Examples include:

  • Unlock All = $11.99
  • T-Rex = $4.99
  • No Ads = $1.99
  • Starter Pack = $3.99
  • Dino Pack = $9.99
  • Triceratops = $3.99
  • Pile of Bucks = $2.99
  • Blue Rex = $5.99
  • Albino Raptor = $2.99
  • Bunch of Bucks = $0.99

 

Online information

There is the ability to connect with social media (Facebook and Twitter) in this game.

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 was a substantial amount of pop-up ads in this game. Including:

  • Slot machine app ads.
  • Ads for games that include violence.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

Nothing of concern.

Coarse language

None noted.

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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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