Australian Council on Children and the Media

Monopoly Bingo - Storm8 Studios

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Monopoly Bingo is a continuation of the “Bingo” app series which feature various traditional board games. Players require good reading skills and short term memory. Caution: this game features gambling themes and is not recommended for children under 15. Parental guidance for ages 16 -18.

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Simulated casino style gambling

This review of Monopoly Bingo was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 9 November 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Monopoly Bingo
Developed by: Storm8 Studios
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Rated 12+ for the following: Frequent/Intense Simulated Gambling
ACCM suggested age: Not suitable for children 15 years and under, parental guidance 16 – 18.
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 Monopoly Bingo contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Level 30

App description

Similar to the series of “Bingo” app games, this game follows the traditional game of Bingo with a monopoly theme. For example, through successful wins, players can progress around the Monopoly board, earn Monopoly money and earn houses and hotels. Traditional Monopoly locations are featured (e.g., “Old Kent Road, Pall Mall, etc.). However, this game has also added places such as the “Royal Flush Casino”, “Lucky Hotel” and “Jackpot Garden”. Players also progress through levels by getting Bingo wins, earning gems, money and dice.

Players will need fast reading skills and short term memory – particularly to play more than one card at a time (players are able to play up to 12 cards during one game – yet you can only see 4 cards on the screen at a time. To see the other cards, you must swipe downwards).

They are also many other gambling elements in this game, including daily scratchies and ads for slot machines. Hence this game is not recommended for children under 15. Parental guidance for children 16 – 18.  

Reviewers comments

There are many opportunities in this game to enter into gambling style behaviour. As indicated above, further to scratchies, there’s a “High Roller” room (see insert below), tournaments against other real players and options to “double up” so that you can “bet big to win big”. As gems and dice are required to enter into games (and can be purchased with real money), it is recommended that anyone playing this game (including adults) may need to exercise some caution when playing.

 

 

In App purchasing

Handful of Gems (20) - $1.49

Pile of Gems (120) - $5.99

Pot of Gems (250) - $12.99

Chest of Gems (530) - $24.99

Mountain of Gems (1400) - $62.99

Online information

Log ins

Connectivity with social media

Gambling

Gambling elements are frequent in this game.

Advertising and product placement

Frequent ads for other games, including slot machines.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Yes, see reviewers 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

About games and gambling

Most games contain elements of risk, chance and knowledge, that is why they are fun to play. There is growing concern about the impacts of simulated gambling games on the health and wellbeing of children. That's why we are identifying games that contain gambling elements on our site.

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