Australian Council on Children and the Media

Maritime Kingdom - Trade goods, fight pirates, build an empire - Game Insight, LLC

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This app is a SIM style game where players must construct and maintain a new city. Fine motor skills required to play. Caution: there are gambling elements in this game and therefore it is not suitable for children 12 and under. Parental guidance for children aged 13 – 15.

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Contains some elements of gambling

This review of Maritime Kingdom - Trade goods, fight pirates, build an empire was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 11 September 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Maritime Kingdom - Trade goods, fight pirates, build an empire
Developed by: Game Insight, LLC
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: none
ACCM suggested age: Parental guidance 13 – 15 due to gambling elements.
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 Maritime Kingdom - Trade goods, fight pirates, build an empire contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Played to level 9.

App description

Maritime Kingdom is a SIM style game set in the old days of pirates. The game begins with the rescue of Princess Beatrice – who then offers you the job of being mayor of a new city, which is yet to be constructed. This involves managing agriculture, building town houses, shops, roads and ships etc. The game guides the player through these tasks and therefore game-play is relatively simple. Coins and crowns are earned through accomplishing tasks. Crowns are used to level-up and coins are used to buy various items that help you to build and maintain your city as well as go on expeditions and build ships. The aim of the game is to build a city and army capable of rescuing the King.

Reviewers comments

As with many of these SIM style games on the market, you begin with a number of gems or crystals which can be used to unlock certain items and features (and to speed up processes such as building ships etc.). However, these crystals quickly run out and game/level progression becomes very laboured and slow – and this often happens when players are on the verge of an important part of the game’s story or level progression. Many children may not have the patience to wait for the game’s timers (e.g. to build a new ship in order to go on the needed expedition, you may need to wait for a 2 hour timer before the ship is ready to go) and hence children may opt to speed this process up by using or buying more crystals. The cheapest package only gives you 200 crystals at a cost of $2.99. These can be spent very quickly, putting the player back into the same position that they were – not being able to progress without waiting for a substantial amount of time. Furthermore, there is a section within this game which features a prize wheel. At a cost of 5 crystals, players can spin the wheel in order to win certain objects which can be used in the game. Contrary to other games, there is no limit to how many times you can consecutively spin the wheel (as long as you have enough crystals). The presence of this wheel is not visible by name or icon – it only pops up when you press one of the ships in the port. Although there is a prize won on every spin, it may be an object that you have lots of, and hence still represents risk for reward and is indicative of gambling type of behaviour.

In App purchasing

Crystals

Handful of Crystals (200) - $2.99

Satchel of Crystals (530) - $7.99

Sack of Crystals (1,100) - $14.99

Box of Crystals (2,250) - $30.99

Coffer of Crystals (5,750) - $79.99

Chest of Crystals (11,800) – $159.99

Gold

Pile of Coins (1,000) - $2.99

Basket of Coins (2,700) - $7.99

Bucket of Coins (5,500) - $14.99

Chest of Coins (10,750) - $30.99

Barrel of Coins (27,500) - $79.99

Mountain of Coins (56,250) - $159.99

Online information

  • Connectivity with social media

Gambling

See reviewer’s comments above

Advertising and product placement

Pop-up ads occur occasionally with offers of downloading other games in exchange for items that can be used in this game.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

Gender stereotypes of older eras feature in this game – particularly indicating that women are weaker than men and are not capable of leading.

Coarse language

None noted.

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

Contains some elements of gambling. Some content is not recommended for minors. Parental guidance recommended

No gambling content found in the levels played

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