Australian Council on Children and the Media

Kids Balloon Pop Game Free - App Family AB

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Kids Balloon Pop is an educational game for kids. Caution: in-app purchasing, advertising

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Kids Balloon Pop Game Free was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 5 August 2015.

About the app

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

Name of app: Kids Balloon Pop Game Free
Developed by: App Family AB
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: General, Apple Store: 4+ years
ACCM suggested age: 9+ due to app purchases
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Kids Balloon Pop Game Free contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This app was played to completion

App description

Kids Balloon Pop is a game with a somewhat educational focus for children. The objective of the game is to tap on balloons as they float past the screen, identifying letters in the alphabet as well as numbers from 1-20. The skills required include motor skills, as well as identification skills regarding numbers and letters. 

Reviewers comments

When the app is installed and opened, players are taken to a menu screen which contains a graphic of animated balloons, a play button, an icon with a dollar sign, as well as an icon which is labelled as ‘More Games’.

Within the More Games section, players can access an additional 21 games. These include games such as puzzles, memory games, etc. However, a ‘runtime’ error appears when attempting to open these games – this will likely be addressed by the developer in time.

In the ‘Normal’ mode of the game, the gameplay involves tapping to pop the floating balloons that travel from the bottom of the screen up to the top. If balloons are missed, there are no consequences to players. Parents are able to enter the settings (they must solve a basic math equation to do this) and adjust the difficulty of the game, by altering the speed at which the balloons travel, as well as the size of the balloons. Some of the balloons that pass contain other imagery, such as a love heart, a musical note, or a rainbow. These cannot be tapped, however, and players are told that this feature can be unlocked through buying the paid version of the game.

The other modes are the ‘A-Z’ and ‘1-20’ ones - these involve a similar process, but players must tap on the balloons labelled either with letters or numbers. They are mixed with balloons that are plain, but all the letters in the alphabet, and all the numbers between 1 and 20, must be tapped before the level is completed.

In App purchasing

In order to access the in-app purchases store, players must complete a small mathematical calculation (e.g. 4+2) in order to certify their age, as this section is labelled as ‘Parents only!’. Players are then told they may ‘Unlock the full game’ by making an in-app purchase of $1.99.

 

Gambling

No gambling content was found during this review.

Advertising and product placement

The game includes a full-screen advertisement for the paid version of the app – the static visual advertisement states that the paid version contains ‘balloons with special effects, more animals, more background and more colours’. However, there are no ads for external games.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour which may be of concern was found during this review.

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