Australian Council on Children and the Media

Pinkfong Birthday Party - SmartStudy Pinkfong

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A fun and colourful virtual reality birthday party game designed for young children. This app uses basic decision making and fine motor skills. ACCM however, does not recommended this app for children under 13 due to frequent in-app purchases and advertising.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Pinkfong Birthday Party was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 19 January 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Pinkfong Birthday Party
Developed by: SmartStudy Pinkfong
Platform reviewed: Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 3+
ACCM suggested age: ACCM does not recommended this app for children under 13 due to frequent in-app purchases and advertising.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Pinkfong Birthday Party contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All six activities played

App description

Pinkfong Birthday Party is a virtual reality, entertainment app that involves a series of fun activities including decorating cakes, blowing up balloons and dressing up. Children use fine motor skills and decision making skills within each activity. The game uses colour and sound to make play fun for young children.

The game uses cartoon characters, cheerful sounds and bright colours to appeal to young children. It has a birthday party and Christmas theme for children to choose from. This birthday party app includes 6 birthday party activities: blowing up balloons, blowing out candles, a piñata game, dress-up game, cake decorating, and dancing.  

Reviewers comments

Pinkfong Birthday Party is a fun and colourful game for young children As previously stated, its bright colours and interface will greatly appeal to young children. The problem is the high level of in-app purchases needed to progress in the game with limited security and parental controls.

In App purchasing

  • Each activity includes locked items that must be purchased to be unlocked.
  • To purchase in-app features the ‘buy’ button must be held down for 3 seconds. A bar shows the loading process.
  • Additional apps can also be purchased within the game. A screen appears with written numbers and requires the user to enter the corresponding digits. If entered, the user is taken to the app store.

Online information

Information or personal details required to download, play or interact with the app include use of:

  • Camera
  • Phone

Gambling

At 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

  • The developer advertises other children’s apps within the game.
  • Advertisements are suitable to app context. 

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • The character appears gender neutral and no gender stereotypes or sexual references are present.
  • The player can take a photo of themselves to use as the character.

Coarse language

No coarse language present

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None

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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

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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