Australian Council on Children and the Media - Steve Howse

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Short takes is an online multiplayer game.


No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 31 May 2016.

About the app

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

Name of app:
Developed by: Steve Howse
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 10+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

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The level to which the game was reviewed

This game does not contain levels.

App description

In the user plays against other people online. The aim of the game is to create the longest snake by eating light bubbles and not getting bumped into by other snakes.

Reviewers comments

The player begins by choosing a nickname and the colour of the snake that they want to play as (see Online Information for more details about nicknames and sharing scores online). The player starts as a small snake and must slither around trying to eat glowing light bubbles to grow bigger. The more light bubbles you eat, the more points you get and the bigger your snake becomes. The player can slither their snake by swiping their finger around the screen. The player is playing against all other people who are currently online at that point in time. As you slither around, you will begin to see other peoples' snakes (both large and small). The aim of the game is to avoid bumping into another person’s snake. If you bump into them, your snake explodes and the game is over (see Violence and Scary Material for more details).  However, if you can make them bump into you, they will explode and your snake can eat their light bubbles and grow larger. This is a simple game that, while suitable for young children, should be monitored by parents as the other online players' nicknames are not controlled and may be inappropriate (see Sexual References and Coarse Language for more details).

In App purchasing

The only in app purchasing option is to remove the ads from the game - this costs $3.99.

Online information

When the player begins the game they must choose a nickname. The nicknames and scores of the top 10 players playing online at that moment are shown on the game screen to all players. The player also has the option of sharing their score via social media. Additionally, this game can only be played when an internet connection is available.


No gambling content found during this review.

Advertising and product placement

After you are hit by another snake, a full screen advertisement pops up. Mostly these advertisements can be closed immediately, however some make the player wait for 5 seconds before closing. The advertisements are usually for other app games but occasionally the advertisements are for companies such as Optus.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

There are no sexual references or gender stereotypes in the game itself. Players can however, see each others' nicknames which may be inappropriate for children to see.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

There was no game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents found during this review.


Violence and Scary Material: When you bump into another player’s snake, your snake ‘explodes’ into small, glowing dots for the other snakes to ‘eat’ to gain more points. This explosion is not graphic or scary.

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Content is age appropriate for children this age

Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended

Content is not age appropriate for children this age

Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

Contains some elements of gambling. Some content is not recommended for minors. Parental guidance recommended

No gambling content found in the levels played

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The State Government of South Australia's web site contains information about these concerns.