Australian Council on Children and the Media

Little Hand Doctor – Kids Games - George CL

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Game. Caution:in-app purchasing, online interactivity, advertising

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Little Hand Doctor – Kids Games was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 9 April 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Little Hand Doctor – Kids Games
Developed by: George CL
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 6+ due to in-app purchasing, online interactivity, advertising
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Little Hand Doctor – Kids Games contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Not applicable.

App description

In Little Hand Doctor, the Player must decide which tools to use to help heal the broken hand. 

Reviewers comments

The game begins with the Player choosing a cartoon patient and being shown the patient’s broken hand. The hand has grazes, bruises, bite marks and a number of other issues. The Player must choose and then apply the correct tool to each of the ailments in order to heal them. For example, the Player applies a Band-Aid to heal the cuts on the hand. The Player continues to heal all of the ailments until the hand is healed. Once the hand is healed the Player is shown a picture of the healed hand and they can add stickers to it and save it to the device (see Online Information for more detail). Little Hand Doctor may be a useful teaching tool to help kids cope with and understand having injuries.

A side aspect of this app is the mini games. There are four games which are separate to the main hand healing game. These are The Special One, Match the Cards, Sort the Tools and Hit It. The Special One involves the Player choosing the odd item. They are given 45 seconds to see how many odd items they can find. In Match the Cards, the Player is shown 16 cards face down. They must turn the cards over one at time it an attempt to find the two matching cards. In Sort the Tools the Player is given 45 seconds to sort as many tools as possible into the correct boxes. Hit It is a game where the player must tap the blue teeth when they appear out of the barrels. The Player is given 45 seconds to hit as many as possible without hitting any bombs that appear (see the section on Violence for more detail). These games can be helpful to develop a child’s ability to recognise patterns and differences. Also, Match the Cards is a useful game to help with memory. 

In App purchasing

Yes: In the app you can pay to unlock more tools and more patients. To unlock all the tools it costs $3.79, to unlock all the patients it costs $3.79 and to unlock everything (both tools and patients) it costs $6.49.

Online information

After you have healed the hand, the app gives you the option of emailing the picture of the hand or posting it onto Facebook.

Gambling

No gambling content found during the review.

Advertising and product placement

Occasionally full page advertisements appear for other app games. Also, while you are playing the game a small bar at the top of the screen displays advertisements for services such as internet providers and local plumbers. 

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None Found.

Coarse language

None Found.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents was found.

Other

Violence and scary material: In the mini game called ‘Hit It!’ includes cartoon bombs. When you hit the bomb it shows a comic strip style ‘boom’ and you lose some seconds off your time.

Some younger children may be scared of the hurt hand which the player starts with at the beginning of the game. The hand has grazes, bruises, blood, pins sticking out, bite marks and broken fingers. 

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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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