Australian Council on Children and the Media

Little Commander WWII TD - Cat Studio HK

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Little Commander is a strategy/defence combat game. Caution: In game purchasing and frequent violence

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Little Commander WWII TD was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 4 June 2015.

About the app

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

Name of app: Little Commander WWII TD
Developed by: Cat Studio HK
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: Mature, Violence, Apple App Store: 17+ years
ACCM suggested age: 17+ due to in app purchasing and frequent violence
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Little Commander WWII TD contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This game was played and reviewed for approximately 1.5 hours

App description

Little Commander is a strategy combat game that allows players to build a defence force to battle enemy troops. The objective of the game is to place soldiers and weaponry down along the path of invasion, in order to stop enemy troops from reaching their destination. There are limited skills needed, but strategy, visual and motor skills assist in gameplay

Reviewers comments

When the app is installed, players are brought to a home menu page containing options to Start and Upgrade. Upon clicking the Start option, players are shown a map that is labelled ‘Level 1 Boot Camp’. They have the option of choosing a difficulty level (from Casual, Normal, and Hell), are told how much starting cash they have available ($50), as well as how many Lives and Waves they have (30 respectively). Players must then opt to choose a Mode from: Normal, Endless or SingleLife.

The game then offers players a tutorial. They are shown a top-down view of a field, and are told to press and drag the icon to the battlefield in order to build a turret. Money can be used to build turrets, and it is possible to click a Fast Forward option in order to speed up the game. The Screenshot button can be utilised to capture a picture of the battlefield. The game can also be paused at any time. During gameplay, players can place soldiers or weaponry along a path where enemy soldiers continue to appear in ‘waves’. They have the option of placing single soldiers with weaker or stronger guns, or can create large-scale destruction by using overhead places that have large missiles. Players can upgrade the weaponry of their soldiers by utilising in-game money. Upgrading and placing more soldiers becomes necessary as the waves move quicker and contain more enemy troops. The game is quite violent, containing imagery of enemy vehicles exploding, troops being killed (with blood shown and sound effects of injuries and death being verbally displayed also), etc. 

Players receive money each time enemies are defeated, and can use this throughout the gameplay to increase the strength of their defences. After level one is completed, a Mission Accomplished pop-up screen appears which demonstrates the statistics of enemies killed (these stats are broken down into soldiers, armoured soldiers, trucks, larger vehicles and planes).

In App purchasing

It is possible to purchase upgrade points within the in-app purchases store of the game – these can be used to upgrade the defence of players. Upgrade points can be bought using real-life money in packages of 3000 points for $0.99, 10000 points for $2.99, 18000 points for $4.99, 35000 points for $9.99, 52000 points for $14.99, or 100000 points for $24.99.

 

Online information

Players are able to take snapshots of the battlefield during gameplay, and are then able to share this with friends on social media websites.

Gambling

No gambling content found during this review.

Advertising and product placement

The app contains banner advertisements that appear along the top portion of the screen at times. These advertise other apps such as ‘Clash of Clans’ (violent content). In addition to this, there are full screen advertisements that appear frequently throughout gameplay – these must be manually closed and have an automatic ‘Download’ button which players may click on. These advertise apps such as ‘Epic Defence’ (contains violent content), ‘League of Angels’ (violent content), etc. Any in-app purchase removes the advertisements contained within the app. 

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

This game is violent in nature.  The app includes representations of blood and yells of pain in its animated battle scenes, as well as enemy characters dying and disappearing once they have been defeated in battles.

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