Australian Council on Children and the Media

Jurassic World: The Game - Ludia Inc

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Jurassic World is a quest-and-timer building game. Caution:in-app purchases, online interactivity, advertising, animated violence

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Jurassic World: The Game was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 18 June 2015.

About the app

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

Name of app: Jurassic World: The Game
Developed by: Ludia Inc
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: Parental Guidance/Mild Violence, iTunes Store: 4+.
ACCM suggested age: 16+ due to in-app purchases, online interactivity, advertising, animated violence
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Jurassic World: The Game contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This review focuses on Levels:1-8.

App description

Jurassic World: The Game is a strategy quest-and-timer based app that centres on the concept of building a ‘Jurassic Park’ theme park. The objective of the game is to make structures that will contribute to the running of the park, and enable players to allow their dinosaurs to live and thrive. There are limited skills needed, but an understanding of strategy and problem solving may be useful, in addition to basic motor skills when using the app. 

Reviewers comments

When the app is opened, players are shown a pop-up screen with a legal notice where they must click ‘Confirm’ in order to agree to the privacy policy and terms of service. After this, a video animation is shown involving a military helicopter flying into a large base on a rainy night. The video then shows dinosaurs being released into the compound. Players are then taken to a battle arena where a dinosaur trainer asks players whether their ‘girl has what it takes’. Players are subsequently instructed to charge an attack at the triceratops – this involves clicking a red button at the bottom of the screen, which leads to their dinosaur attacking the opposing dinosaur. The violence is presented in a realistic manner and wounds can be seen, whilst the health bars of both begin to deplete gradually upon being attacked. The opponent then has a turn to attack. Players are then told that the data will be analysed for research, relating to the battle between the prehistoric creatures.

After this, players are taken to an overhead timer-and-quest style view of a park, where one dinosaur is being held in a paddock. They are told to ‘visit their dinosaur’ and feed him, using food stores provided by the game in order to level up the creature. Players are then informed that they can ‘genetically modify’ their dinosaurs by blending them with another species, thus significantly enhancing the strength. Players are able to speed up the time it takes to do this by utilising in-game currency. After this, players use their dinosaur in a second battle where they kill their opponent – after this takes place, a ‘Victory!’ sign appears on the screen to reward players. As a result, players also gain a new dinosaur (a majungasaurus) to ‘hatch’ for them to use in subsequent battles. Once hatched, players are able to place this dinosaur in a paddock next to their other one, and gain experience points for doing so.

Players are then encouraged to complete ‘missions’ that enhance their area of Jurassic Park – building new resources (such as an ACU security office, decorative fountains, etc) gains players experience points and other rewards. They are also gain DNA by either selling dinosaurs from cages, or by ‘Getting it for Free’ by viewing video advertisements for other apps – this includes apps such as Game of War: Fire Age (with sexual and violent content). These advertisements are full-screen videos and cannot be closed until the ad has finished playing to completion.

The game also includes a ‘Dino Market’ store where players can buy new dinosaurs (with different health/attack statistics) in exchange for resources. Players can buy from categories of dinosaurs such as carnivores, herbivores, pterosaurs, amphibians, and hybrids. Additionally, players are able to battle other players from around the world, or battle their friends, by playing online.

In App purchasing

The app contains an in-app purchases store where players can buy in-game currency using real-life money. Piles of cash can be purchased in packages of 200 for $2.38, 550 for $6.02, 1200 for $12.59, 3250 for $30.36, or 8500 for $60.30. The in-game cash is used to buy coins, food and DNA within the game. It is also possible to purchase ‘card packs’ which include special dinosaurs to battle with. These packs can be bought as the Common Pack for $6.02, the Rare Pack for $12.48, the Super Rare Pack for $30.15, and the Legendary Pack for $60.30.

Online information

Players are able to battle other players from around the world, or battle their friends, by playing online. Players are also encouraged to sign in via social platforms such as Facebook.

Gambling

No gambling content was found during this review.

Advertising and product placement

There is an option to receive in-game resources for free by viewing video advertisements for other apps – this includes apps such as Game of War: Fire Age (with sexual and violent content). These advertisements are full-screen videos and cannot be closed until the ad has finished playing to completion.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

This game contains violent realistic styled battles between dinosaurs which result in wounds or death to a dinosaur.

The extensive in-app purchasing and time-lag features may encourage the spending of real-life money.

Other

This is an official mobile game based on the M rated movie Jurassic World.

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