Australian Council on Children and the Media

Shadowmatic - Triada Studio Games

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Shadowmatic is a problem solving game where players rotate 3D shapes until the shadow forms an object. PG is recommended for ages 5-8 due to online information and game difficulty.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Shadowmatic was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 14 August 2017.

About the app

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

Name of app: Shadowmatic
Developed by: Triada Studio Games
Platform reviewed: Google Play
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Parental guidance children aged 5-8 due to online information, in-app purchasing and the difficulty level of the puzzles. Suitable for children aged 9+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Shadowmatic contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All free levels that were available (14)

App description

Shadowmatic is a problem solving game where players rotate 3D shapes until the shadow forms an object. This app may be beneficial for developing children’s mental rotation skills and knowledge of shapes in a 3D space. The player uses their fingers to rotate the shape in multiple directions. The levels begin simply with a single shape and a picture of the desired shadow, and progress to multiple shapes without a picture to guide the player. The player can ask for hints if necessary. Parental guidance is recommended for ages 5-8 due to online information, in-app purchasing, and game difficultly.

Reviewers comments

The beginning levels include tutorials explaining how to play the game. There are different levels of hints, from small word suggestions to full descriptions of the shadow. The free version of the app comes with 14 levels, you must pay for the rest of the levels. The player has the option (it is not forced) of connecting with their game ID to compare their score with other players online. The player can also connect to social media to share their scores with their friends. A strategy for safer game play is to disable the internet on your device. This will prevent the player from accessing online connections but still allow them to play the game.

In App purchasing

·         The app offers the player the option of paying for the full access version of the app. It costs $3.89.

Online information

  • Log ins
  • Connectivity with social media

Gambling

None.

Advertising and product placement

None.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None.

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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