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Run a Whale - Guillaume Loquin

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This runner style game requires the player to ride on the back of a whale and collect coins/boosters, avoid obstacles, and defeat bosses. Free of ads and in-app purchases. Suitable for children aged 5+

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Run a Whale was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 18 September 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Run a Whale
Developed by: Guillaume Loquin
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Suitable for children aged 5+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Run a Whale contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All available features were considered in this review.

App description

Run-a-Whale uses the same principle as many other runner games: the aim is to navigate the game character - in this case a pirate riding on the back of a whale - through a course of different obstacles. The aim is to collect coins/items and complete missions including covering a certain distance, or picking up a specific booster. The player can make the whale swim, dive, and jump by holding, releasing, or tapping the screen. As missions are completed, the player progresses through different levels and, every 5 levels, meets a boss.

Reviewers comments

The player is asked to provide a nickname but is not required to provide any personal information. The nickname is visible to other players as it might appear on a leader board that can be accessed through the gamecenter. There is no connectivity or interaction with other players. The gamecenter also contains personal achievements and bests. The settings section contains links to Facebook and Twitter and upon clicking the user is directed to the platform. Parents are therefore advised to log out from those applications during game play.

There are no in-app purchases for real money – the coins that are collected during gameplay can be exchanged for game features like other whales or clothes and accessories for the pirate.

Gameplay is easy to pick up but requires practice and persistence, as well as a fast reaction time, and therefore, might be too challenging for some younger children.

In App purchasing

None.

Online information

None.

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.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None of concern.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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