Australian Council on Children and the Media

Princess Fairytale maker - Duck Duck Moose

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This open-ended app allows players to interact imaginatively with a ‘fairy tale’ world. Suitable for ages 4+

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Princess Fairytale maker was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 23 October 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Princess Fairytale maker
Developed by: Duck Duck Moose
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Suitable for ages 4+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Princess Fairytale maker contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

There are no levels in this game. Reviewer played for approximately 1 hour.

App description

Princess Fairy Tale Maker offers an imaginative and creative play environment within the world of fairy tales. Players are able to choose between creating a fairy tale scene where they can also make their own video ‘stories’ (with voice recordings) or colouring pages that they can decorate and save.

Reviewers comments

From the home screen players can choose from three categories: fairy tales; colouring; or my drawings. Players have endless options to create their own personalised fairy-tale play scenarios. There are 32 backgrounds to choose from and characters such as princesses, fairies, ballerinas and animals as well as accessories that can be added. Players are able to create and narrate short videos of their screen with voice recording during play. These can then be viewed and players have the choice to delete or save the video within the game or to the photo file on their device. There is no social media connectivity so players cannot share their videos. Players can also access 32 colouring pages to decorate and save in 'my drawings'. The open nature of the app encourages players to be inventive and imaginative as they set up different scenarios for the many different characters. It also encourages the exploration and practice of language and vocabulary as players narrate their own stories – building skills in the area of digital literacy.

In App purchasing

None.

Online information

Credit card details – required to download the app from iTunes

Log ins – requires password to download the app from iTunes

Photo/Media/files – app asks for access to this

Microphone – app asks for access to this during a voice recording feature

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no gambling content.

Advertising and product placement

On the home screen there is a small advertisement for similar apps from the same developer.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

The app is strongly marketed towards young girls using typically stereotypical colours, characters, and accessories etc. that are designed to appeal to girls. There are only a handful of male ‘characters’ that can be chosen in the app.

Coarse language

No coarse language was observed during the review only music can be heard (which can be turned off).

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No concerning game playing behaviour was observed during the review.

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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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