Australian Council on Children and the Media

PUBG - Tencent Mobile International Limited

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This app is a first-person shooter, fight to the death game. Players need good co-ordination, strategic planning and fine motor skills. Due to frequent graphic violence and social/online connectivity this game is not suitable for anyone below the age of 18.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of PUBG was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 17 May 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: PUBG
Developed by: Tencent Mobile International Limited
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 17+ for frequent/intense graphic fighting.
ACCM suggested age: Not suitable for anyone below the age of 18
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of PUBG contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Played for several days.

App description

Players begin the game by parachuting from an airplane, onto an island. Once on ground, they must quickly find guns, ammunition, helmets, bullet proof vests etc, by looting abandoned houses and sheds. This enables the player to engage in combat with other on-line players. Direction and movement is achieved by co-ordinating the virtual joy stick (left) and swiping (right). Other movements are achieved through corresponding buttons (crouch, jump, aim guns etc.). The aim of the game is to outlast the other 99 players on the island and to be the last person standing – similar in concept to the movie “Hunger Games”. Players must also move on the island in accordance to the zoned area - a circle which overlaps the island and gradually shrinks – ensuring that players can’t keep hiding on the outer rims. Being caught outside of the zone for too long will eventually kill the player. There are different modes of play which include: Solo, Duo, Squad and 1 vs Squad.

Reviewers comments

PUBG is a very violent and graphic game. The premise is basically: kill or be killed. This is mostly achieved through gun fire – however, you can also run players over in cars, blow them up with grenades and attack them with frying pans and sickles. In most cases, attacks result in blood splatter. In Squad mode (teams of 4), when a team member gets shot (but doesn’t die), they fall to the ground and can only crawl. Other team members can revive them, but if they are too busy defending themselves, the downed team mate is often finished off when the enemy comes in close and shoots them in the head.

Parents need to be aware that communication between players is possible – not only through messaging but through the devices microphone – which allows players to talk with each other in real time (this is optional and needs to be switched on by the player). Players can also sign into the game through Facebook. ACCM would not recommend this game for anyone under 18.

In App purchasing

Virtual Dollars

60 Dollars - $1.49

180 Dollars (+ 10 Bonus) - $4.49

600 Dollars (+ 60 Bonus) - $14.99

1500 Dollars (+300 Bonus) - $38.99

3000 Dollars (+850 Bonus) - $79.99

6000 Dollars (+ 2100 Bonus) - $159.99

Online information

  • Log ins
  • Microphone
  • Connectivity with social media

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

None noted.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

Players can choose either male or female avatars.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Please see reviewer comments above regarding violence and graphics in this game.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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