Australian Council on Children and the Media

Nick Play - Nickelodeon

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A games and entertainment app

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Nick Play was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 29 November 2015.

About the app

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

Name of app: Nick Play
Developed by: Nickelodeon
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+; Google Play: 12+
ACCM suggested age: 12+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Nick Play contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This app contains inbuilt games which were reviewed to level 3.

App description

Nick Play is an app where players can watch Nickelodeon episodes and play games from their favourite television shows.

Reviewers comments

Nick Play includes short clips from Nickelodeon shows, full episodes (if you have a cable television login) and games based on Nickelodeon television shows. An example of one of these games is ‘Suga Rush’ based on the television show ‘Supa Phresh’. In the game, the player clicks the arrows up and down to collect sweets to fill up their candy cane. The player must avoid monsters who take sugar from their candy cane. In the game ‘Gone Missing’, Patrick must search for Spongebob in a haunted house. The player uses the arrow keys to move around and jump. They player must flash a light at ghosts to avoid them taking one of Patrick’s lives.

The games on Nick Play are primarily swipe and tap games where the player has to avoid and collect certain objects. The suitability levels of the games depend on the content of the television show that the game is based on. This app is recommended for 12+ due to the advertising content (see Advertising for more detail) and because the Nickelodeon television shows are typically aimed at this age group. This app is not recommended for education or learning, it is an entertainment based app.

In App purchasing

No: None found.

Gambling

No gambling content found during the review.

Advertising and product placement

Advertisement occasionally appear when viewing the content on this app. There are advertisements for other app such as fashion games and SpongeBob app games. 15 second video advertisements for places such as ‘SeaWorld’ are also shown and are not skippable.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

Some of the television shows may include gender stereotypes and sexual references. See the classification ratings for each show. However, none were found in the games.

Coarse language

Some of the television shows may include coarse language. See the classification ratings for each show. However, none were found in the games.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents was found during the review.

Other

Violence and Scary Material

Some of the television shows may include violence. See the classification ratings for each show. Some of the inbuilt games also included violence and scary material. One of the characters if ‘Suga Rush’ sat in a tank with a gun. In ‘Gone Missing’ the ghosts and monsters may be scary for younger children. In ‘Turtleportation’ the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fight monsters with ninja stars and other weapons.

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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

About games and gambling

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