Australian Council on Children and the Media

Lucky Duck Slots - Super happy fun

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This app is a casino style poker machine game. Players don’t need any particular skills to play as it is a game of chance. Caution: not recommended to players under 18 due to gambling features.

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Simulated casino style gambling

This review of Lucky Duck Slots was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 27 November 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Lucky Duck Slots
Developed by: Super happy fun
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Rated 12+ for the following: Frequent/Intense Simulated Gambling
ACCM suggested age: Not recommended for players under 18 years.
Gambling content advice: Simulated casino style gambling. Player is risking money or something of value on an outcome of an event involving chance when the probability of winning or losing is less than certain. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Lucky Duck Slots contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Level 8.

App description

Lucky Duck Slots is a simulated poker machine game. Players simply press the “Spin” button to activate the 5 reel spin to match 3 or more symbols in a row (and/or in the noted winning patterns below). Players can play up to 20 lines per press and can increase or decrease the value of their bet. Free games are awarded if 3 Lucky Duck symbols are scattered anywhere across the 5 reels.

The game also has other features such as the “High Rollers Lounge”, “Video Poker” and daily scratchies. Due to the amount of simulated gambling features in this game, it is recommended that players younger than 18 do not play. Furthermore, anyone that who has suffered or is presently suffering from gambling addiction should not play this game.

 

 

Reviewers comments

This game includes all of the normal gambling elements that you’d find in a standard poker machine, including visual and audio elements that are attractive to the senses (e.g. when you win, the sound of coins being dispensed is played, along with celebratory sounds and music). The game will also appeal to those with low probabilistic reasoning – a noted concern that negatively affects problem gamblers. For example, just before the spinning reels come to a stop, they do an “almost alignment” readjustment, where it gives the player the impression that they almost landed the wanted symbol (as it’s displayed just below the achieved one). This encourages people to play more as they believe that they only just missed out and if they try again, they may have a better chance. Unfortunately, more spins does not equate to a better chance as players have the same odds every time they spin.

The game also starts off with a number of free coins. With these, the reviewer was able to reach level 8. However, once the coins were exhausted, there was no replenishment of coins after a period of time (as what is common with other apps). Hence, to continue playing, users must purchase coins with real money – thus – transforming this game from a simulated gambling game. This is particularly concerning in the High Roller room where (after purchasing 100,000 coins for $4.49) the current reviewer lost it all with one press. Therefore, as noted above – caution must be exercised when playing this game – and it is recommended that problem gamblers do not play at all.

In App purchasing

Coins

12,500 Coins - $2.99

31,250 Coins - $7.99

100,000 Coins - $14.99

250,000 Coins - $30.99

750,000 Coins - $79.99

2,500,000 Coins - $159.99

Online information

  • Connectivity with social media
  • Credit card details

Gambling

See reviewer’s comments above.

Advertising and product placement

The game states that you can watch ads to earn coins, but none of these worked when attempted.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

See reviewer’s comments above.

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