PKTBALL – Endless Smash Sport is a multiplayer, competitive ball game similar to tennis. Skills required to play include gross motor skills and good reaction time. ACCM recommends parental guidance for children 9 – 15 due to gambling, themes and advertising.
Contains some elements of gambling
This review of PKTBALL- Endless Smash Sport was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 2 February 2017.
This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.
|Name of app:||PKTBALL- Endless Smash Sport|
|Developed by:||Laser Dog Sports|
|Platform reviewed:||Apple App Store|
|Developer’s suggested age:||4+|
|ACCM suggested age:||Not recommended under 9, Parental guidance for children aged 9 – 15.|
|Gambling content advice:||Contains some elements of gambling. This game may contain devices which mimic those found in a casino; but the player is not risking something of value to play. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details|
This review of PKTBALL- Endless Smash Sport contains the following information:
The reviewer played for several hours.
PKTBALL – Endless Smash Sport is a tennis style game played from a birdseye view. The game can be played either singularly or with up to four players sharing the same device. Points are scored for every hit back to the opponent. If either player misses the ball, this counts as a “Goal” for the winning player. If a player scores successive goals, the point system increases for every returned hit (e.g.; If a player wins 2 goals in a row, each hit back counts as 2 points – and so on – until the player misses a hit).
The aim of the game is to get as many points as possible before your balls run out. Coins will also appear on the playing field at random. If you hit a coin with your ball, it adds to your total coin tally. Earning enough coins wins a prize – which can include new characters. The points won will also tally up across games and will earn a crown for your character. The crown allows you to increase your successive hit rate number above the standard number of 3 (e.g.; if you now hit 4 returns in a row, each return will now count as 4 points).
Hitting the ball simply requires a left or right swipe across the screen. Therefore, gross motor skills and good reaction time are sufficient for this game.
For the most part, the main playability of this game is completely fine. However, there are features included in this game which have gambling elements which are relatable to real life and therefore caution should be exercised.
There are a couple of features in this game which some parents may not be comfortable with.
As indicated above, certain features of this app have a “risk for reward” theme (skill tester, slot machine ad) and therefore parental guidance is recommended.
The risk for reward element portrayed in the skill tester feature may translate to real life (e.g.; children may believe that the ease at which prizes are won in the virtual skill tester in this game will be the same for real skill testers).
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