Australian Council on Children and the Media

Plum's Creaturizer - PBS Kids

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Plum;s Creaturizer is an app based on creativity and photography

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Plum's Creaturizer was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 20 February 2016.

About the app

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

Name of app: Plum's Creaturizer
Developed by: PBS Kids
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: General, iTunes Store: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 4+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Plum's Creaturizer contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This app was reviewed for approximately 45 minutes

App description

Plum’s Creaturize is a creative app that allows players to construct/design creatures of their choosing. The objective of the game is to create various creatures by selecting particular body parts in different colours, shapes and styles, and then to take photographs of these creatures against backdrops in real-life. The skills involved in playing this app including creativity, as well as motor skills to use the various functions of the app.

Reviewers comments

When the app is first installed, players are brought to a home screen that displays an image of an animated plum with eyes, as well as several icon options. Players can click to view a gallery of creatures, as well as click on an icon to build creatures of their own. To build creatures, players must tap a red button in order to make a random creature – once a randomised creature is presented, players are instructed to tap on random body parts in order to change them. For instance, players can tap on the main midsection of an animal, and scroll through a selection of different sized, shaped and coloured body parts. The same principle is used for the head, legs, arms and wings. Once a player is done, the app informs them to ‘Check that it’s ok with a grown-up, then head outdoors to take some photos!’. They are they asked to choose a mission (e.g. Predator, Defend, Listen or Friends’) – for example, if players select Predator, they are instructed to ‘take a picture of it using its huge jaws!’. Players can then resize their creature, move the placement around the screen, and take an image of the creature on whatever backdrop the phone’s camera is pointed towards. After players have taken four photographs with their creature, they receive a congratulations message and are able to view a slideshow of their images.

There is a section of the app which is only accessible by parents – this is locked by asking a question such as ‘To access information for parents, please enter this code in digits: ONE, ZERO, SEVEN, TWO, EIGHT’. This allows parents to view information about the app, instructions of how to play, information about funders as well as privacy.

Additionally, there is a ‘More Apps’ icon on the home page which can also only be accessed by passing the parental lock. Once this is opened, parents are presented with various other PBS Kids apps – some are free, whilst some are paid apps (e.g. Wild Kratts World Adventure, costing $5.47, Dinosaur Train A to Z, costing $5.17, etc). The other apps all appear to be child-friendly.

The app appears to pose no risk to younger players. There is no in-app purchasing, and no advertisements are shown within gameplay. Concerns may arise for slightly older children who are able to answer the pass-coded questions and enter the parental sections of the app, where they may find other paid apps listed for purchase. However, the app predominantly fosters creativity and exploration.

In App purchasing

There is no in app purchasing with the childrens are of the app. Older children may be able to answer the pass code questions and enter the parental section of the app where they may find other paid apps listed for purchase.

Gambling

No gambling content was found during this review.

Advertising and product placement

There are other apps advertised within the More Apps Section, only accessible by parents. Proper advertisements are not shown, although there is a list of apps with prices, and these links take parents directly to the Google Play store where they can be purchased or installed for free.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents was found during this review.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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