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Little Hospitals - Fox and Sheep GmbH

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A search and find game where players can explore the workings of a hospital and locate missing items. Suitable for children aged 4+

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Little Hospitals was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 19 February 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: Little Hospitals
Developed by: Fox and Sheep GmbH
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Suitable for children aged 4+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Little Hospitals contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

At least 3 or 4 items were located for each character and both mini games were played.

App description

The objective of the game is to locate lost items for the characters in the hospital. Items can be in any room and players must open cupboards to find some items and visually search room by room for other items. Players can also respond to accidents by tapping on an ambulance to drive to the scene of the accident. The injured party is retrieved and transported back to the hospital. There is also a matching and colouring in game.

Reviewers comments

Whilst the game premise is relatively simple, there are no instructions, so parental co-play is recommended to guide younger players. Fine motor control is required to switch between close-ups of individual rooms and a widescreen view of the whole hospital. Characters within each room then take turns waving at the player to get their attention. Tapping on the character causes a thought bubble to appear showing an item the character is looking for within the hospital.

There are opportunities to develop memory skills in the matching game and fine motor skills are practiced in the colouring in game and via the swiping and tapping required to play the game. Unfortunately, game utility is still quite limited and further expenditure is required to get more activities in the hospital including a dentist, paediatrician and pharmacy packs ($1.49 each) or a Super pack including all three packs plus rescue activities and a different landscape ($2.99).   

In App purchasing

Additional rooms in the hospital and activities can be purchased by clicking on the trolley icon on the homepage. Access requires answering a simple mathematical sum with direct access to purchasing after completing the sum.

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Gambling

At time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

None noted.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None of concern.

Coarse language

None.

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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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