Australian Council on Children and the Media

Pippi's Villa Villekulla! - Filimundus AB

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Short takes

Pippi Longstocking's Villa Villekulla is an open-ended, interactive activities app. Actual game-play is free from ads and in-app purchases. A separate section accessible from the home screen advertises related apps that can be purchased through the app store and the settings sections contains an age-gated link to the producer's Facebook page. Recommended for children 5 years and over.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Pippi's Villa Villekulla! was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 25 May 2019.

About the app

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

Name of app: Pippi's Villa Villekulla!
Developed by: Filimundus AB
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Pippi's Villa Villekulla! contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All available features were considered in this review.

App description

This app is based on popular Swedish author;  Astrid Lindgren's character Pippi Longstockings. Pippi is a creative, fun-loving girl who shares her home "Villa Villekulla" with her horse and her pet monkey. Together with Pippi and her friends; Tommy and Annika, the player is invited to explore the villa and discover 20 fun activities on the way. Activities include cooking and baking, painting on the walls, playing music, dancing with sailors, playing hide and seek, feeding Pippi as many sweets as possible, or hiding in a wardrobe to spit out some mildly naughty words (such as; “poo” and “fart”). Some activities are free play, for example; dressing characters up. Other activities have game character and the player aims to get as many points as possible. It's an open-ended game with no set route to follow and no time limits. The game can be reset, setting all rooms back to the original state and removing all personal high scores.

Reviewers comments

In line with other adaptations of Pippi Longstockings, this playful app emphasizes Pippi's unconventional approach to every day life. She makes dull things fun and she sees the creative potential in the most mundane everyday-tasks. This is how parents can utilise the app to have a dialogue with their children on discovering fun and joy in everyday tasks and items. Some of the games require concentration and focus, as well as hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

In App purchasing

N/A.

Online information

It is not necessary to create an account, provide any personal details, or connect with social media in order to play the game. The settings section contains a link to the producer's Facebook page. There are different safety mechanisms in place to stop under age users from accessing Facebook. For example, if a parent is currently logged into Facebook via an internet browser, the player needs to verify their age by typing their year of birth. Otherwise, the player needs to log into an existing account or create a new one.

Gambling

None. 

Advertising and product placement

The home screen contains a link to a section advertising related apps. The player gets connected to the app store.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None. 

Coarse language

One of the activities is hiding in a wardrobe and having Pippi "curse". There is a selection of mildly rude vocabulary such as "pee", "poo", "fart", or "swine". The activity has a notion of doing something "naughty" and the player can get caught and be told off by an elderly lady. Thus, the activity is intended to be playful and humorous rather than offensive or abusive.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None. 

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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