Australian Council on Children and the Media

Line Rangers - Line Corporation

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Line Rangers is a tower defence game involving characters from Line Corporation. Caution: in-app purchases, online interactivity, simulated gambling device.

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Contains some elements of gambling

This review of Line Rangers was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 2 April 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Line Rangers
Developed by: Line Corporation
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: Low Maturity, iTunes Store: 4+
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 Line Rangers contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Levels 1-20

App description

The game has 70 different characters to choose from, each with their own skills and characteristics. Players must choose the best combination of speed, attack and defence, balancing the characters on their team in order to defeat enemies. The objective of the game is to save Sally, a Line Corporation character, after an alien army has kidnapped her. Players progress through levels, destroying an alien tower within each level by deploying a team of characters and using a range of skills. Within the game, players require skills in strategic thinking (in terms of the selection of characters, as well as in-game skill-selection and choices of how to combat enemies). 

Reviewers comments

Before being able to play the game, it is necessary for players to download another app by the same developer and create a Line Corporation email account. Once this is done, players can sign into the Line Rangers app and collect characters that they use to battle an alien tower. The tower releases a range of enemies, and players deploy their own characters to defeat them. To do this, players select and tap one of five characters along the bottom of the screen (multiples of each character can be deployed at the same time, there is merely a short time delay where characters are refreshed/regenerated). Players also have skills to utilise, such as damaging enemies with falling meteors, as well as freezing enemies. After an alien tower is defeated, “WIN!” is seen in big golden letters and there is a ‘ping’ sound effect similar to that of a slot machine. Characters level up after a stage is completed and money is collected. There is then a slot machine-style ‘Clear Bonus’ where a rolling slot is presented with a single button, and players can choose when to push it in order to receive additional characters to include within their team, add various skills to their repertoire or earn extra money.

The game involves money and gems, both of which can be used (and traded within a multiplayer setting) to upgrade a player’s characters and skills. The sound effects used within the game mimic the sounds from real-life slot machines. There is in-game purchasing, which is frequently recommended to players. 

In App purchasing

The game often suggests that players purchase more gems by going to the in-game store.  It is possible to pay $1.97 for ten rubies, and up to $49.49 for 380 rubies. These can be used in the game or traded for in-game currency. 

Online information

There is a multiplayer component where friends may be invited to join a player. Friends are added via Line accounts, and players will receive a reward if they invite others to play (rewards include ten rubies for ten invites, three low-level strength characters for 30 invites, three medium-level strength characters for 50 invites, etc). 

Gambling

There is simulated slot machines presented as a bonus within the game – players do not need to use in-game currency to utilise the slot machine, but need to press a button while the reel is turning in order to win a bonus. 

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

This app contains elements of simulated gambling and associated sound effects and visuals.

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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