Australian Council on Children and the Media

Sizzle & Stew - Cowly Owl Ltd

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Sizzle and Stew is a sandbox cooking game in which the two characters can cook their creations and then eat them. Fine motor skills are required. Suitable for ages 4+ with parental guidance. Caution Online connectivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Sizzle & Stew was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 22 February 2019.

About the app

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

Name of app: Sizzle & Stew
Developed by: Cowly Owl Ltd
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 4+ with parental guidance
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Sizzle & Stew contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Our Reviewer played and explored all aspects of the game.

App description

Sizzle and Stew are a Llama and a Sloth who enjoy making a big mess in the kitchen. The player moves the animals’ arms to select food from the fridge, freezer or cupboard to cook by swiping along the screen. The food can be cooked in the microwave, oven or on the stove. It can be chopped, diced, liquidised and enlarged, or shrunk in various machines. The player can splash sauce on the food and wash up in the sink or wash items in the washing machine.

The food is then taken to the other room where the animals can enjoy eating it with a knife and fork, a fishing rod or hair dryer! There are several surprises in the eating room too such as boxes that pop out confectionary and a piñata donkey that does the same. It is a very colourful game and with the ability to cook and make a mess in the kitchen, it will appeal to young children.

Reviewers comments

Sizzle and Stew is a fun game for children in which they can freely explore and experiment with cooking different types of food in a variety of ways. There are several cooking appliances and tools that can be used including some machines that you wouldn’t expect to find in a kitchen. Children will enjoying making a big mess in the kitchen without having to clean up afterwards.

The screen can also be split in two so two players can play together. There are no in-app purchases, advertising or connectivity to social media. There is however, connectivity to the developer’s website which can be reached by swiping right with two fingers. This is a free play app with no particular guidelines of how to play and so parental guidance and/or co-play is therefore recommended for children under 9.

In App purchasing

  • There is no In-App purchasing in this game. 

Online information

  • There is no online information required in this game however parents should be aware that there is connectivity to the developer’s website through the parental lock which is a simple swipe to the right with two fingers.

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

  • None noted.

Coarse language

  • None noted.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • None noted.

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