Australian Council on Children and the Media

Match the Dots - IceMoochi

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In this puzzle-style game, the player must draw lines of two or more of the same coloured dots to make them pop.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Match the Dots was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 11 March 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Match the Dots
Developed by: IceMoochi
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+, Google Pay Store: “Everyone”
ACCM suggested age: 3+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Match the Dots contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Levels 1 to 36

App description

In this puzzle-style game, the player must draw lines of two or more of the same coloured dots to make them pop.

Reviewers comments

Within this game, the player must draw lines of two or more of the same coloured dots. The connected dots then pop and disappear from the puzzle and points are allocated. Longer lines score more points. The goal may be to reach a specified number of points or pop a certain number of coloured dots within a time limit or number of moves.  Progress towards the goal is updated at the top of the page. When the player achieves the goal, bonuses are added, total points are calculated and stars are awarded.  The player moves to the next level. There are many levels, each level becoming more difficult. Longer lines create coloured bombs, which clear more dots and earn more points. If the player fails to collect the right number of dots within the allocated number of moves or time, they can try again as many times as they like, or they can move to the next level. The player may be able to select a higher level without playing all the levels in between, however much higher levels must be unlocked by earning more stars.

The instructions are very clear. In the earlier levels, the player receives a generous number of moves in which to collect the specified amount of dots.

A possible learning benefit could be that the player must plan the best combinations of moves to collect the required dots within the allowed number of moves or time limit.

In Settings, the player may select Colour Blind Mode, in which the coloured dots are differentiated with symbols.

In App purchasing

None found.

Gambling

None found in the game. Players are able to click on a symbol which offers them a page of free games to install and play, which may include slots and bingo games.

Advertising and product placement

This game periodically displays an ad for another game. A very small brightly coloured square is present in the centre of some screens – if clicked on, it is an ad for another game.  Players are able to click on a symbol which offers them a page of free games to install and play. These games may include slot and bingo games, a fashion design game and a kingdom building game in which players fight other players from around the world.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

Players are able to click on a symbol which offers them a page of free games to install and play, which may include a fashion design game.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None found in the levels reviewed.

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Content is age appropriate for children this age

Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended

Content is not age appropriate for children this age

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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