Australian Council on Children and the Media

Pac Man - Bandai Namco

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This arcade style app requires the player to move Pac Man around a maze to collect tokens. Caution: Not suitable for children under 13 years due to online connectivity, social media sharing, advertising, and in-app purchasing.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Pac Man was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 1 March 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: Pac Man
Developed by: Bandai Namco
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Not suitable for children under 13 years due to in-app purchasing, advertising, online connectivity and social media sharing.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Pac Man contains the following information:

App description

This game mimics the arcade game of the same name played in the 80’s. The player has to eat all the dots in the maze before they are eaten by a ghost. To move the Pac Man around the screen the player uses their finger to swipe the screen. At the end of each game the player is rewarded with tokens which can be used to purchase more mazes. The player can also earn extra tokens by eating the cherries which are placed randomly throughout the maze. After the first round the reviewer was offered 40% off to buy a jar full of tokens – but when this offer was refused the game moved onto another screen and the reviewer was able to choose another maze to play on. There are several free mazes in this game, however, to access additional mazes the player must either earn enough tokens through game play, or purchase additional mazes.  On the main page there are frequent pop up ads for other games, and links to Facebook and Twitter to share scores. The player can also earn tokens by watching ads.

Reviewers comments

On the opening screen of the app the user is asked if they are 13 years or over, however this offers limited protection, as they only have to press the ‘accept’ button to move onto the next screen and play the game. This app is primarily for entertainment and there are no specific skills learned. However, the player does require good fine motor skills and timing to play the game, therefore, younger children may become frustrated with this game.

In App purchasing

Players can purchase more tokens to increase the number of mazes they can play.

Online information

  • Connectivity with social media

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

Yes, pop up ads, and if the player clicks and watches the ad they are rewarded with more tokens.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None.

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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