Australian Council on Children and the Media

Marvel Guardian of the Galaxy - Telltale Inc

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This app is a “choose your own adventure” game. Players will require good reading and reaction time skills. Not recommended for children 12 and under. Parental guidance for children aged 13 – 15.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Marvel Guardian of the Galaxy was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 9 October 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Marvel Guardian of the Galaxy
Developed by: Telltale Inc
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 12+
ACCM suggested age: Parental guidance 13 -15.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Marvel Guardian of the Galaxy contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This game was played for several days

App description

Guardians of the Galaxy TTG is based on the second movie of the same name. Players begin by selecting episodes that feature story lines which can be directed through player choice. At certain points during the episode, players get to choose the response of the main character; “Peter Quill, AKA “Star Lord”, from a selection of 4 different responses. The chosen response influences the narration and direction of the story. The game also allows players to move characters at times and interact with the environment.

Players will need to be able to read well, as when the 4 options appear on the screen, the game gives you a very short time in which to respond – before it automatically continues without a selected option.

Reviewers comments

In terms of game play, this app is quite well designed and would be appealing to fans of the comic book and movie. However, even though the iTunes store itself notes: “Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References, Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour, Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence, Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence”, they have placed an age recommendation of 12+ on the game. Further to the obvious scenes of violence which include large guns, knives and swords – some scenes that feature alcohol use are not appropriate for 12 year olds. For example, there’s a scene where all the main characters are drinking at a bar. “Drax” begins to take a large drink from his cup and players are given options of what Star Lord can reply with – which include: “Chug, Chug, Chug!”. Due to scenes such as this one, it is recommended that parental guidance is exercised for children aged 13 – 15 and not suitable for children 12 and under.

In App purchasing

Players can purchase the Multi-Pack (Episodes 2 -5) for $22.99

Online information

  • Connectivity with social media
  • Log ins

Gambling

At the 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.

Coarse language

This game includes mild profanity and crude humour.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

See reviewer’s comments above.

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