Australian Council on Children and the Media

Scrabble Mattel - Electronic Arts

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A word building game that uses the player’s knowledge of written language. Caution: in-app purchases, online interactivity, advertising

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Scrabble Mattel was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 2 April 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Scrabble Mattel
Developed by: Electronic Arts
Platform reviewed: Facebook
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 13+ Facebook
ACCM suggested age: 13+ on Facebook
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Scrabble Mattel contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Not applicable

App description

Scrabble Mattel is a game of skill. It requires the participation of another player who can be a friend or random player. Players fill out letters on the board to make words which are then added to by the other player. Points are earned by strategically placing high value letters on high scoring positions on the board.

Reviewers comments

Scrabble Mattel is the traditional game of Scrabble. Play begins when the player starts a new word in the centre of the board. The opponent then adds to that word and the game continues until the board is filled. This is an online game in real time and it can be slow at times waiting for the other player. Points are scored according to the value of the letter played and the position it is placed in.

In App purchasing

An initial amount of 5000 coins are allocated to the player which can be lost by losing a game or added to if won. Additional coins can be purchased: a starter pack of 5000 coins cost 0.99 USD; a booster pack of 16,000 coins for $2.99 and further packs up to $50 can be bought. In addition other items can be bought such as a different layout for the board or different tiles. An ad free version of the game can be bought for 50,000 coins.

Online information

Playing Scrabble Mattel on Facebook requires giving access to the App of the player’s basic info, email address and birthday. Players are invited to challenge (and invite) their Facebook friends to play or they can choose a random opponent.

Gambling

No gambling content found during the review.

Advertising and product placement

There is quite a lot of advertising with the free app for other games and products.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour which may be of concern was discovered.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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