Australian Council on Children and the Media

Robber Race Escape - Lab Cave Games

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This app is a continuous car driving game. Simple gross motor and reaction time skills required to play. Not suitable for children under 8, parental guidance from ages 9 to 15 (advertising, in-app purchasing and criminal themes).

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Robber Race Escape was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 14 January 2019.

About the app

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

Name of app: Robber Race Escape
Developed by: Lab Cave Games
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4 +
ACCM suggested age: Parental Guidance 9 - 15
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Robber Race Escape contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Our Reviewer played the game for several hours.

App description

Robber Race Escape places players in the role of a thief who has just robbed a bank and must get away from the police in a getaway car. The getaway car drives automatically into the screen within a 3D environment. Players only need to swipe left and right to navigate their way through the city streets, whilst collecting rewards and avoiding obstacles. The aim of the game is to drive as far as possible without crashing. Rewards (e.g. gold coins and paper money) can be used to unlock new vehicles and characters, and to extend your current run after you’ve crashed.

Reviewers comments

Although just a game, some parents may find the theme of playing the criminal inappropriate. Not only do we see the main character rob a bank and flee from police, but players can actually earn rewards by deliberately bashing into police (who are driving either cars or motorbikes). In a game where police are represented as an enemy to defeat, the role of police in general and their moral representation may become a bit blurry for younger children. There is also quite a lot of advertising in this game. For example, when a player has crashed, the game will often offer an extension on the current run if you watch a 30 second ad. Ads were most often for other games featuring violence and occasionally intended for adults (e.g. ads for airlines).

In App purchasing

There is some In-App purchasing in this game, including: 

  • Police Car = $1.99
  • Pile of Bucks = $2.99
  • Akira = $4.99
  • Police Moto = $4.99
  • Bunch of Bucks = $0.99
  • Pile of Coins = $2.99
  • Police Van = $4.99
  • Tank = $6.99
  • Unlock All Cars = $29.99
  • Pack Cars = $19.99

Online information

Nothing of concern.

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

There are many pop-up ads and clips, including:

  • Ads that are targeted towards adults, with adult products. For example advertising an airline.
  • Ads for other games, many of which included violence. 

Gender stereo types and sexual references

Nothing of concern. 

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Nothing of concern. 

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