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Slots - Pharaoh’s Way - Cervo Media

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This is a game of chance – a simulated gambling slot machine. Caution: in-app purchases, online interactivity, simulated gambling.

Simulated casino style gambling

This review of Slots - Pharaoh’s Way was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 27 February 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Slots - Pharaoh’s Way
Developed by: Cervo Media
Platform reviewed: Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: “Only play this game if you have reached the respective legal age required in your country of residence.”*
ACCM suggested age: 18+ Gambling simulation not recommended for minors
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 Slots - Pharaoh’s Way contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Level 1 -4

App description

This is a game of chance – a simulated gambling slot machine.

Reviewers comments

This is an Egyptian themed slot machine game. Players start with credits which are used to place bets on each spin. A Pay Table can be accessed which outlines the winning combinations. Wins are collected in the form of credits. Bonus free credits are awarded every four hours.  Diamonds are awarded for each spin, as well as bonuses from the combinations spun and accumulating diamonds unlocks higher levels. The higher the bet, the more diamonds are awarded. When making small bets, moving up levels can be slow. This slot game plays 25 lines per spin. The amount bet per spin can be adjusted up or down.

As it plays 25 lines per spin, a “win” frequently occurs, accompanied by congratulatory messages and sounds. Often the win is in fact less than the amount which has been bet, however messages like “Good spin!” are displayed. The frequency of rewarding messages and sounds is high. The developer advises “This app does not reflect the actual game play of any casino-, online- or other electronic gaming machine. The payout percentages, odds, payout methods and other features on our for-fun, entertainment only slots are higher/better/different than slot machines in regular/online casinos. You should not expect similar results!”*

In App purchasing

The developer advises “No real money or any other real world goods and/or services can be won in this game! This game uses virtual units called "Credits" to play the game. You can purchase additional credit-packs for real money via the "Buy" popup. These credits bought or won cannot be changed back to real money and cashed out, transferred, redeemed or collected in any other way or changed back to any other real world goods and/or services. Once purchased or won, the credits can only be used to play this game.”*

Online information

Players can invite friends on Facebook. When a player logs into Facebook, the app receives the player’s public profile, friend list and email address.  Players earn 100 game coins when they tell a friend by email. Players can subscribe to the game’s mailing list.

Gambling

This is a simulated gambling game. See Reviewer’s Comments for more detail.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

This is a simulated gambling game.

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*Source of developer comments: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cervomedia.spw&hl=en

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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

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.