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Pocket Champs is a racing game based on luck. Not suitable under 9; parental guidance to 18 (excessive advertising, in-app purchases, easy access to the app store. CAUTION: gambling elements)
Contains some elements of gambling
This review of Pocket Champs: 3D Racing Games was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 18 July 2023.
This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.
|Name of app:||Pocket Champs: 3D Racing Games|
|Platform reviewed:||Google Play|
|Developer's suggested age:||G for general|
|ACCM suggested age:||Not suitable under 9 and parental guidance recommended to 18 due to elements resembling gambling. Offline play is also recommended.|
|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 Pocket Champs: 3D Racing Games contains the following information:
Race 11 of level 4
Pocket Champs is a racing game, based on luck, in which the player’s ‘champ’ competes against several other random competitors, also ‘champs’, in various races to win prizes, points, etc. The game is slow to load and players only have to press the trophy to start a race. They then watch their champ compete in 6 different fields: running, swimming, climbing, flying, gliding and surf boarding. The first three winners gain gold card resource points of 50 for 1st, 30 for 2nd and 10 for 3rd. However, the 4th, 5th and 6th places lose points, ranging from -4 to -15. Other rewards are also gained such as gems and gadgets to help improve the champ’s speed.
Pocket Champs is a fun game to play with no skills required, however, it depends a lot on luck and purchasing of extra gadgets to increase the speed of your champ. This is problematic for young children as research has found that elements of chance and purchasing of loot boxes can cause them emotional harm.
Players can also watch adverts to gain extra gems etc. When your champ continually loses, there is pressure to buy some gadgets which can easily be purchased in the app store. There are no parental locks to the app store.
There is also a fortune wheel accessed at a certain level, which players can spin to win more prizes. This does resemble a gambling wheel. For these reasons, this app is not suitable for children under 9 and parental guidance is recommended for all other children playing this game.
There is In-App purchasing in this game, examples include:
Gems buy gold resource cards and chests – big, mega and legendary, which contain surprise gadgets and gems.
The ‘shop’ is easily accessed and players only have to click on the ‘buy’ button which will automatically debit the Google Play account. There are no parental locks or restrictions to prevent children buying what they want.
There is no online information required to play this game.
This game can be played without internet connectivity but some areas are restricted as advertising cannot be played. It is recommended that the internet is disconnected for play as this will also restrict in-app purchasing.
There are some gambling elements in this game, for example:
There is advertising in this game, including:
Please see reviewer’s comments above.
The game has an addictive element which may be of concern to parents.
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